Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Dick's Kitchen (SE Belmont)

Dick's Kitchen has two locations in Portland. This blog post covers the spot on SE Belmont.

Dick's has been a mainstay in the area for years, working with local providers/farmers and promoting sustainability. They serve grass-fed beef. Their other location (as of this blog post) is on NW 21st Avenue.

I took my family here several weeks ago during the Belmont Street Fair. As expected, lots of people came to Dick's, but we were able to get a spot in the back without a wait.

The menu has burgers, sandwiches, sliders, soups, and bowls (which should satisfy the gluten-free and paleo diets).

Beverages include milkshakes, sodas, even a vegan shake. A small beer taplist is also available. Sign me up for a Boneyard RPM IPA.

Dick's offers a rotating special burger, usually featuring game meats. if the "Dork" burger (duck and pork blend) is available, I'd recommend getting that. This time, the Wild Boar burger was on special. It came with housemade BBQ sauce and coleslaw, along with the usual tomato, onion, and lettuce. Juicy and flavorful. A decent-sized burger here.

The special also included choice of one side, and I chose Dick's Infamous "Fries" - which are actually baked. The potatoes are tossed in high-oleic safflower oil and convection air-baked. A good slight crunch here, healthier than its fried counterpart. Definitely recommended.

I also got to try their regular burger, which is excellent as is. A 5.5 oz patty on their signature sourdough potato bun. Be sure to add cheese because it's glorious that way. All beef burgers are cooked to medium unless you otherwise specify.

My cousin tried and enjoyed the Zizou French Onion Cheeseburger, which has thinly sliced onions smashed in the patty and topped with melted Swiss.

I'm also surprised it's taken me this long to go to Dick's Kitchen, and I'm glad I finally went. It's another quality local place to get a burger in Portland! 8/10

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