little big burger – cheeseburger

The last burger we had during our Portland trip was at Little Big Burger, a local burger chain. The menu is short & to the point, offering three burgers, fries, sodas, and a float. We got cheeseburgers and an order of fries to share. The burger offerings are a hamburger, cheeseburger, and veggie burger.

Their cheeseburgers are made up of 1/4 lb. Cascade Natural Beef patties, choice of Tillamook cheddar, swiss, chevre, or blue (went with the cheddar), lettuce, onion, pickles, and Camden’s Catsup. They’re all cooked medium (unless specified) and served on local brioche buns. The shoestring fries are made from Yukon Gold potatoes and seasoned with white truffle oil and sea salt.

My burger was cooked more to medium-well, unfortunately. Besides that, it tasted good. I enjoyed the use of Camden’s Catsup, as it packed a slight edge.

The truffle fries were tasty, too. I’ve had several truffle fries in the past that had either too much truffle oil or salt. Luckily, the fries here weren’t overly done. They also come with a dipping sauce (perhaps a secret sauce?), which I found to be just alright.

This wasn’t our favorite burger on the trip, but for $3.75, it’s not a bad place to check out if you’re looking for a quick, affordable burger.

Little Big Burger
122 NW 10th Ave.
Portland, OR 97209

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slow bar – slowburger

The next burger on the Portland itinerary was the Slowburger from Slow Bar in Southeast Portland. The Slowburger consists of a 1/2 lb. Painted Hills beef patty, gruyere, onion rings, butter lettuce, and pickle relish. It’s served on a toasted, soft, sesame-seeded bun alongside handcut fries.

This experience wasn’t the greatest, but I could see its potential to be an awesome burger. All the ingredients made for a really tasty burger. I enjoyed the tanginess from the relish and the crunchiness of the onion rings. The handcut fries were also very good. What killed it was the meat which was just cooked to well when I asked medium-rare.

By no means is this burger bad. It just has some temperature issues. If I lived out West, I’d definitely like to give the Slowburger another shot.

Slow Bar
533 SE Grand Ave.
Portland, OR 97214

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red coach restaurant – bacon cheeseburger

The second half of our trip brought us to Portland, Oregon. After spending most of the day at the Oregon Zoo, we worked up an appetite only a burger could satisfy. Taking the light rail from the zoo to downtown Portland put us close to Red Coach Restaurant, a family owned burger joint which has been in operation for over 50 years!

Red Coach’s cheeseburgers are made up of 1/4 lb. local, hand formed beef patties topped with American cheese, lettuce, tomato, mayo, and (if ordered) bacon. They’re griddled before being placed between a soft kaiser bun.

The burger is a good size, it’s not too large that you end up in a food coma after consumption and it’s not too small that you leave unsatisfied (though I could have easily take down a second). The kaiser bun was great. Again, where have these good kaiser burger buns been hiding?! Every kaiser burger bun experience as of late has been good. The bacon is cut thin and tasty. I am also not the biggest fan of crinkle cut fries but these are some of the best ones I’ve had. Red Coach serves a great, simple, traditional burger which is worth the stop in if you’re in downtown Portland.

Oh, and this happened…

Red Coach Restaurant
615 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205

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