Judging from the prices on the menu at Flipping Out Burgers ($3.79 for a cheeseburger!), most people may not automatically assume that only the most high-quality, premium ingredients are used. But owners Tom and Marina Lomis refuse to cut any corners when it comes to their burgers, fries, corndogs – or anything else on the menu, for that matter. In fact, each morning, workers hand grind the beef, and the buns are baked fresh the night before using a special recipe created for the restaurant. Only the freshest condiments are used, including hand pulled lettuce, and French fries are freshly cut in-store.
Customers can build their own burgers, choosing whichever ingredients and condiments they would like – and for no extra charge.
“We’re a small company with friendly employees creating a great clientele,” Tom Lomis said.
While typical burger restaurants tend to add fillers to create that “juicy” look to a burger, Flipping Out’s beef contains only 9 percent fat or less – the closest thing any of us will ever get to a low-fat hamburger. Each burger also includes a special – secret -- seasoning from Chicago. “People can actually enjoy a burger here and not feel guilty about clogging their arteries,” Lomis laughed.
Corn dogs are also made using only Hebrew National Kosher hotdogs, hand battered in a recipe made in-house.
Marina Lomis also recently opened up Sipping Out, a coffee stand connected to the restaurant, featuring high-quality coffee from Olympia-based roaster Batdorf and Bronson. Sipping Out also serves breakfast sandwiches in the mornings, and its delicious caffeinated beverages are offered all day long during the restaurant’s normal business hours (Monday through Thursday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Fri.-Sat. from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.)
Flipping Out also offers senior discounts, and some lucky toddlers out there – if they’re good for their parents – may receive mini ice cream cones for free, as well. In addition to ice cream, the restaurant offers a full menu of milkshakes, malts and even deep-friend cheesecake.
Flipping Out Burgers is located at 4008 S. 12th St. in Tacoma.