Olympia kind of makes a big deal about its Eastside Neighborhood. East of downtown Olympia, Eastside has an active neighborhood association and more than a few businesses along Eastside Street and 4th Avenue boast the “Eastside” title. But no one has a bigger, brighter Eastside presence than Eastside Big Tom.
Hailed as the first drive-thru in Washington state (back when it was known as Eagan’s), the Fritsch family took over the burger joint in 1969 and turned it into one of the funnest and funniest family-friendly restaurants in town. The drive-thru is handy for when you need a quick burger fix, but first-timers, folks with kids, and those who are forever young at heart will want to place their order at the walk-up, then find a table nestled in a jungle filled with hungry, but gentle and well-meaning dinosaurs. Fun toys are scattered about to keep the young ones entertained, and you can even be Big Tom for a day and have your picture taken at the Big Tom photo stand-in.