Food & Drink

PDX's 9 best under-the-radar burgers

Published On 03/12/2014 Published On 03/12/2014
Calamity Janes burger
Drew Tyson
good fruit
The Original
Brunch Box
Produce Row Cafe
Skyline Restaurant
The Original WOW! Burger
The Old Gold
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1. The Original 300 SW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97204

The donut burger's become something of a weird staple, but Portland's The Original claims ownership of it, and's probably responsible for a spike in national diabetes.

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2. The Original WOW! Burger 10107 NE Cascade Pkwy, Portland, OR 97220

The Original WOW! Burger is a classic diner burger, but they make their own buns in-house, and you get to assemble them yourself! Choose between all the usual toppings, a plethora of sauces, and finish it with as much cheese, baconm and avocado as you can fit on their beautiful buns.

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3. Bamboo Sushi NW 836 NW 23rd Ave, Portland, OR 97210

This place is all about sustainable sushi, using responsibly-sourced ingredients while also supporting marine stewardship organizations such as Salmon Nation, Monterey Bay Aquarium and Blue Ocean Institute. But, as important as wildlife conservancy is, Bamboo Sushi's green initiative extends beyond sourcing and advocacy to include close monitoring of power and water use, as well as the use of biodegradable containers. This commitment has garnered Bamboo Sushi "Certified Green Restaurant" status with the Green Restaurant Association, which is pretty darn impressive in our book.

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4. Skyline Restaurant 1313 NW Skyline Blvd, Portland, OR 97229

Skyline offers diner-ish digs (Red-checked floor? Check!) where you can scarf your usual steak burger, but wash it down the right way thanks to an full bar rocking delicious cocktails.

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5. Humdinger Drive In 8250 SW Barbur Blvd, Portland, OR 97219

With enormous burgers, a menu with just about everything you can fry on it, and 40+ milkshakes, Humdinger is your classic greasy spoon serving up diner eats that are sure to please.

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6. Brunch Box 620 SW 9th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

BB specializes in ridiculous burgers and sandwiches, including the absolutely huge Burgermeister (two beef patties, two slices of American cheese, grilled onions, lettuce, pickles, Thousand Island dressing, and THREE pieces of bun). Good luck!

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7. Produce Row Cafe 204 SE Oak St, Portland, OR 97214

Since 1943, Produce Row -- then just a breakfast cafe -- was slinging incredible eats to the people of Portland. And although the past 50 years have seen changes of ownership and intention (it was once a pub), today the Eastside Industrial venue has found harmonious success as a gastropub, known for both its creative American menu and beer/spirits combos. Stop by to enjoy a bite in Produce Row's sprawling back patio, open all year round.

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8. Acropolis Steakhouse 8325 SE McLoughlin Blvd, Portland, OR 97202

With 65 beers on tap and a steak that rivals any meatery in town, Acropolis brings new meaning to the word "strip" at one of Portland's most famous stripperies.

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9. The Old Gold 2105 North Killingsworth, Portland, OR 97201

The Old Gold in North Portland is somewhere between a neighborhood bar and a hip cocktail joint. It prides itself on having one of the largest whiskey collections in Portland, and though the stock is always changing, it's full of bourbon, rye, and whiskey from Japan, Canada, Ireland, and Scotland. Custom whiskey flights and pairings are available, as are house-made picklebacks. The bar also serves standout pub fare like smoked gouda grilled cheese, elk burgers, and caramelized onion-topped mac & cheese.