Q: In Seattle, what’s the appropriate reaction when a friend suggests that you “eat a bag of Dick’s”?
A: Enthusiasm! Around these parts, “eating a bag of Dick’s” refers to picking up food from Dick’s Drive-In, a local institution.
Ha! It’s a crude phrase that has an innocent meaning. And when Mickey brought it up in Power Play, I almost took it out. I worried: was the phrase too random? Too gross?
In the end, I left it in. Shouldn’t a writer be allowed to wink at her fellow Seattleites from inside her book? Besides, Mickey and Cody would totally eat a bag of Dick’s after a stakeout. They were nearby, and the food is delicious.
Here’s what I suggest, omnivores. If you ever visit our fair city, be sure to consume a bag of Dick’s upon arrival. Not only are their burgers tasty, but they have a long track record of treating their workers well. They’re as much a part of our city as the Space Needle and the Fremont Troll.
For extra credit: See Dick’s Burgers in Macklemore’s White Walls music video.