Good Burger: A tasty take on the classic

by Aaron Kayser and Aaron Apple

“Welcome to good burger, home of the good burger. Can I take your order?” Even though this Ferndale restaurant has nothing to do with the ’97 classic film “Good Burger” from which that quote is taken, the restaurant does live up to its name quite well and is an appreciated addition to Ferndale’s dining scene.
After moving from their Meridian Street location over a year ago, Good Burger can be found in downtown Ferndale, across from Chihuahua Mexican Restaurant on 3rd Street.
Good Burger is a no-frills, family-owned restaurant that serves up an American classic: The burger and fries. Orders are taken at the front, next to the giant chalkboard with the menu. Beside the burger varieties they offer, other standard items can be found on the menu as well; milkshakes, onion rings, chicken strips, etc. and gluten-free buns can be substituted for an additional $1.25. For $2.99, a combo of fries and a drink can be added to the burger order. We both opted in spending a dollar more and replaced the soda with cans of Dale’s Pale Ale.
Don’t come here expecting “classic diner” atmosphere or any atmosphere at all. The small room has bare white walls and the furniture is about as basic as you can get, though they do have a few tables outside in the front. Service was sparse, yet friendly, but we’ll most likely be taking our food to go next time.
To get warmed up, Apple ordered a cup of homemade chili, which came topped with shredded cheese and diced onions, with a side of club crackers. The chili was rich and flavorful, but lacked any amount of spice. Apple ordered the Hawaiian burger ($7.25) which came topped with swiss cheese, teriyaki, pineapple and Hemplers ham. This scrumptious burger was one of the juiciest he’s had in a long time and hit the spot perfectly.
Kayser’s mouth watered like a dog when his Double Bacon Burger ($8.75) arrived at the table. The burger, which is the standard Good Burger (cheese, mayo, lettuce pickles, onions, and tomatoes) with an extra beef patty and strips of Hemplers bacon, could be measured in inches. It was huge! In fact, Kayser had to unhinge his jaw just to take the first bite.
One of our favorite things about the meal was the French fries. They were golden, crispy and salted to perfection, and paired especially well with our beers. They appeared to be hand-cut as the potato skin remained on the ends. They also had great tartar sauce, which is always a huge plus.
If in Ferndale with a growling stomach and a hankerin’ for some beef, be sure to stop by Good Burger. As the name implies, Good Burger will be sure to satisfy any burger craving with just that, a darn good burger. Good Burger is located at 5687 3rd Avenue in Ferndale. They are open Monday through Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. They can be reached at (360) 380-2502 for additional information.