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An illustrated journal of life in the Puget Sound region by Times artist Gabriel Campanario.

Topic: Dick’s Drive-In

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January 24, 2014 at 8:53 PM

Dick’s stands pat, celebrates 60 years of flipping simple, beloved burgers


Sketched Jan. 16, 2014

The highlight of my first visit to a Dick’s Drive-In five years ago was meeting restaurant founder, Dick Spady, who is now 90. The low point was realizing that Dick’s burgers don’t come with my favorite ingredient: A slice of tomato.

Dick’s no-tomato policy doesn’t have much to do with tomatoes per se. Adding any extra ingredients would be a huge change, marketing director Jasmine Donovan told me recently as I drew Dick’s crew members in action at the restaurant’s original location in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood.


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November 11, 2009 at 1:27 AM

On Veterans Day, I say thank you to Dick Spady, of Dick’s drive-in

Nov. 10, 11:46 a.m. [Click on sketch to see it larger] We can thank Dick Spady for all the burgers and milk shakes that we can enjoy at his drive-in restaurants in Wallingford, Capitol Hill, Ballard, Lake City and Queen Anne. But being Veterans Day, we should thank him for his service as well. I met…


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