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Despite Lines, Customers Are Flocking To DeLong's Deluxe (PHOTOS)

The hungry customers are already keeping Lakewood's newest burger joint, DeLong’s DeLuxe, busy.

On its second day of business, plenty of curious foodies waited eagerly to enjoy Lakewood’s newest burger joint, DeLong’s DeLuxe.

Patch stopped by the location at Bridgeport Way and Steilacoom Boulevard Southwest around 11:30 a.m., on Thursday. By then, the parking lot was packed and at least 15 people were patiently waiting to get their food and more lining up to order.

After its grand opening on Wednesday, DeLong’s DeLuxe thanked its customers on Facebook and promised to refine and improve its operations.

One customer, John Mathis, said he came on Wednesday but left without getting food because of the long line. On Thursday, he said he waited about 30 minutes for his cheeseburger, fries and strawberry shake.

Mathis, who happens to owns five Subway restaurants in the Tacoma and Lakewood area, said he eats at all of the competing fast food restaurants in the area and offered some advice for the new restaurant in town.

“Lunch is about fast service,” he said.

Although the restaurant currently has two picnic tables outside the order window, Mathis said additional covered seating areas would be nice for rainy days.

On a previous Patch post, owners Marie and Tim DeLong said shade sails would be installed later in spring.

In the meantime, no one seemed to mind the wait and the limited seating areas--thanks to the rare sunshine in February.

DeLong’s DeLuxe offers 13 different options for burgers and six for hot dogs. It also serves sundaes and shakes.  

DeLong’s DeLuxe will be open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week, and is located at 8901 Bridgeport Way Southwest. More information is available on DeLong’s DeLuxe’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

Dane Ferrell February 08, 2013 at 10:27 PM
What Mr Mathis doesent understand is the idea of a place like DeLongs deluxe is a good burger, not some fast food garbage.
Patricia Mannie, Patricia & Co. February 11, 2013 at 09:18 PM
I am anxious to try this new restaurant!
Vanessa Zumwalt February 12, 2013 at 11:32 AM
I will definately try DeLongs. Seems to me that Mathis saw a chance to ride on DeLongs coat-tails to get himself some free advertising. He could just as easily have said that he was owner of a number of sandwich shops without mentioning the name. Shame.
Vanessa Zumwalt February 28, 2013 at 02:59 PM
Went to DeLong's Deluxe and got the Bleu Burger and onion rings. I hate to say that I have to give it only two stars (as in...meh, I've had better). The burger was small and seemed dry....as in lacking condiments. At least the burger was not greasy; the onion rings were VERY GREASY. The burger and 2 onion rings were $12. I will go to Best Burger or The Little Holland instead of DeLong's. I will also go to Jack In The Box or McDonalds instead of DeLong's. I guess I am trying to say....I will not be going back to DeLong's Deluxe.

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