Food & Drink

The best burger in 15 Portland 'hoods

Published On 09/24/2014 Published On 09/24/2014
Tasty 'N Sons
John Valls
Ringside Steakhouse
Flickr/Francis Storr
Lardo PDX
Sunshine Tavern
Ate-Oh-Ate Hawaiian Restaurant
Dick's Kitchen
The Fireside
Radio Room
Doug Fir Lounge
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1. Tasty 'N Sons 3808 N Williams Ave, Portland, OR 97227 (N Portland)

With "Tasty" in the name, you know it must be good. This local tapas spot is popular with the breakfast and brunch crowd, but they also have stellar dinner options and a great happy hour.

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2. Imperial 410 SW Broadway, Portland, OR (82nd Ave)

Imperial restaurant, located in the historic Hotel Lucia, is owned and operated by Chef extraordinaire Vitaly Paley. This spot has a modern bright interior, and all the food is dishes made with local ingredients. The menu's combination of new and traditional American cuisine can be paired with any of Imperial's fine wines, specialty cocktails or draft and bottled beers.

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3. RingSide Steakhouse 2165 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97210 (Nw Portland)

RingSide is one of Portland’s most classic steakhouses, serving some of the best cuts of steak, chops, and chicken entrees in town. While the fries are predictably good, it’s the spicy cheese Jojo’s with Parmesan and herbs during happy hour that steal the show. This spot also boasts a serious stash of wine, featuring more than 700 labels.

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4. TILT 1355 NW Everett St, Portland, OR 97217 (Pearl District)

Tilt's self-proclaimed blue-collar cuisine is surprisingly more upmarket than you'd think -- the best handcrafted burgers in Portland are fresh beef patties on three-layer buns with global inspiration like the Carne Jefe with avocado and jalapenos and the pastrami-based Koolakofsky. Hand-carved sandwiches and homemade pies are made in-house and offer up an experience somewhere between a diner, a dive bar, and a five-star bistro.

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5. Killer Burger 8728 SE 17th Ave, Portland, OR 97202

This chain has multiple locations in Portland and some of the best burgers too. Get the Peanut-Butter-Bacon-Pickle Burger at the Sellwood location -- it's sweet, salty, and savory.

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6. Lardo 1212 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97205 (Downtown)

With a motto like "Bringing Fat Back," Lardo promises some of Portland's most indulgently carnivorous sandwiches. The term "lardo" actually refers to a specific cut of fatback pork salami that's typically cured with rosemary and other herbs. In the spirit of artisanal salami-curing, this narrow red sandwich joint is all about repurposing traditional meat cuts and charcuterie in more contemporary iterations, as evidenced by the double burger topped with pork pastrami or the spicy meatball banh mi. Even the fries here are loaded with crispy fat and Parmesan. And because no plate of fatback is complete without a beer, Lardo has a rotating selection of craft beers on tap.

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7. Sunshine Tavern 3111 SE Division St., Portland, OR 97211 (Clintondivision)

From the two-time Beard-nominated chef behind Northeast Portland's Lincoln, Sunshine's repping a roster of comfort eats (which's "a little less formal" than its fancy-pants cousin) in a food-nut playground featuring a portraiture collage by former D

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8. Ate-Oh-Ate 2452 E. Burnside Ave, Portland, OR 97214 (Buckman)

Be sure to try the Aina Burger with crispy pork belly, kimchi relish, shredded iceberg, and shaved onion --proving that not all Hawaiian-style burgers come with teriyaki and pineapple.

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9. Dick's Kitchen Northwest 704 NW 21st, Portland, OR 97209 (Nob Hillalphabet Dist)

The crazy diner dudes behind Dick's have brought their exotic-meat burger menu to the Alphabet District to pair it with brand-new, healthy(ish), tastefully named cocktails like the jalapeno-pineapple-infused tequila/ triple sec/ "low glycemic index" Dick's-A-Rita, and cancer-battling turmeric/ digestif papaya/ tequila number known as Dick's Elixir, apparently proving that it's ok to make Dick jokes if you're fighting cancer.

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10. The Fireside 801 NW 23rd Ave, Portland, OR 97210 (Nob Hillalphabet Dist)

Fireside burns bright in the space once occupied by Music Millenium, a favored music store in the neighborhood. These days it's all about a different sound -- that of guests eating outdoor-inspired American eats by Chef Henry Kibit in a dining room with a U-shaped bar framed by two fireplaces. Sharable snacks and small plates make up most of the menu, ranging from "pig candy" with bitters syrup and local bee pollen to grilled lamb kebabs with beet & harissa yogurt. Still, larger entrees like saucy cheeseburgers and herb-buttered steak beat campfire-warmed cans of beans. The cocktails -- notably the Feelin' Funky, loaded with cachaca, Cynar, lemon and pineapple -- will get your inner fire going.

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11. Radio Room 1101 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211 (Ne Portland)

Part diner, part bar, part rooftop lounge, the triple-threat Radio Room pours stiff drinks from sunup to sundown, plus it serves up an endless breakfast to go along with the endless cast of characters who call it home.

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12. Foster Burger 5339 SE Foster, Portland, OR 97206

Foster Burger's menu is a la carte, starting with poutines that begin with the basic (gravy and Beecher's cheesecurds), then moving onto specials like the Arleta with roasted chicken and peas, the mushrooms/onions/garlic Woodstock, and the belly/bacon/pastrami Clinton, plus awesome happy house drink specials.

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13. Doug Fir Lounge 830 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214 (Lower Burnside)

This triple-threat bar, lounge, and restaurant near Buckman stuns with an entirely wood interior (right down to its chandeliers) with a rustic and interior vibe ideal for date nights. The American fare offers modern takes on staples like mac & cheese and bar food like buffalo wings, along with some of the best burgers in the city. The Fir Burger's decked with local cheddar, house-made pickles, and bacon on a soft brioche bun.

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14. Bar Bar 3943 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97227

The little sister bar and patio to the musically inclined restaurant/concert venue Mississippi Studios (located in the same building), Bar Bar's specialties are the life's simple pleasures: a high quality burger, a cheap can of beer, and good music. The burger at this Boise joint's, with its grass-fed beef, house-made ketchup, and a secret-recipe sauce between a thick and soft potato bun, is one of the best in Portland, and while the beer list is short and craft-free, the inventive list of specialty cocktails will more than make up for it.

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15. Stanich's 4915 NE Fremont St, Portland, OR 97213

The unembellished exterior of this Roseway houses on of the city's most beloved sports bars, open since the 1940s. Despite the small space and the eerie graveyard in their backyard, veteran customers have been returning here on a regular basis to admire their wall-to-wall team pennants and sink their teeth into The Special, a portion-defying beef and ham cheeseburger with bacon, egg, and all the fixings your (very hungry) heart desires.



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