Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Burger Stevens

Burger Stevens is located at the Hillsdale Food Park (SW Capitol Hwy) in Portland, Oregon.

Classic burgers, fries, and soft serve? From a Michelin star-trained chef? Yup. Don Salamone opened this cart in June 2016 -- just in time to take advantage of the best revenue months a food cart can have. Not surprisingly, Burger Stevens immediately got rave reviews. Since it's a bit out of way for me, it took me a while to get down here, and the snow and ice we got a couple months ago didn't do me any favors. But alas, the panda arrived.

I wanted a cheeseburger, naturally. And while I was tempted to get a double (or hell, even a quad), I decided to get all the toppings I could on a single cheeseburger. Bacon, fried egg, avocado, and roasted jalapeno. Cheese is either cheddar or pepperjack; I went with the latter.

Burger Stevens uses Franz buns. A slide on the butter roller later, the buns are put on the grill for toasting. Can't say it enough. You gotta toast those buns.

The jalapeno goes on first, with the beef patty and melted cheese. Then the bacon, fried egg, grilled onions, tomato, crinkle-cut dill pickle, lettuce, avocado, and their "extra fancy" sauce which may have mayo and ketchup in there.

While the base cheeseburger is $7, adding the rest of the toppings boosted the total to $11.50.

The burger comes wrapped and placed in a small brown burger bag. That alone takes me back to the ol' local burger joints down the street from my grandma's house.

First thing's first: It's a damn good burger. Everything from the meat to the toasted bun to the veggies, all on point. But be warned, you better have a bunch of napkins ready if you go full tower beast burger -- because it gets hella messy. You may have a fighting chance with just a simpler burger.

I ended up finishing the top half (top bun, lettuce, avocado, sauce) first; then the bottom half (bottom bun, jalapeno); then the meat and egg; then finally the onions, pickles, and tomato. Because I'm a tad weird.

I passed on the fries and the soft serve this time. Perhaps another day. Then maybe I should just dip my fries in the soft serve. I can't possibly be the only one who would do that.

The condiments area also has hot sauce (which tastes like Frank's Red Hot or other tangy wing sauce) and sriracha.

The current hours are daily from 11 AM to 7 PM.

Burger Stevens is a great place to go for a classic burger, fries, and soft serve lunch! 8.25/10

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