Don't skip the fries at Loretta's Northwesterner
I was interviewing someone in South Park the other week when they asked if I had been to the well-known neighborhood bar, Loretta's Northwesterner.
- Yeah, the South Park local said — but don't sleep on the fries.
- I thought hard, and couldn't remember if I'd had Loretta's fries or not.
So, I fixed that right away.
The verdict: I demolished the whole basket in maybe five minutes. They had just the right amount of saltiness and crispy edges, while still mushy in the right places.
- The hand-cut fries ($4) are sold separately from Loretta's famed Tavern Burger ($7), which explains why I hadn't had them before.
- The burger, if you hadn't had it, is a throwback to the kind you'd get at an old-school drive-in — small size, thin patty, white bun, American cheese. But also well executed and delicious.
The setup: I love everything about Loretta's — from the torn-booths to the peeling paint on the walls, to the bartender disparaging IPAs on a Wednesday afternoon (a person after my own heart).
- There's a big, light-filled back patio, but I like to sit inside and ponder life in the dark while eating my burger and fries. Everyone has their thing.
Details: Loretta's is a bar, so only people 21 and older are allowed. 8617 14th Ave. S., with parking around the back.
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