The Quest for the Best Burger in Portland – Part 1
For a week now Michael has been trying to convince me to go to a restaurant he calls “Hans Gruber” — Gruner in downtown Portland. I wasn’t craving burgers until Tuesday after a great workout. I suggested we give it a try and continue our quest for the best burger in Portland.
And I got a glass of the Grüner Veltliner (Stadt Krems, Kamptal, AT 2009) –white wine. It was a crisp, tangy wine that wasn’t too sweet and went perfectly with the hot summer weather. We were sitting outside in the sun and it was a gorgeous Portland day–80+ degrees!
They were salty and good, and there weren’t enough for three people! I ate two. The burgers arrived. We all ordered the same thing: hambürger with smoky bacon on a potato bun with fontina cheese, b&b pickles, pickled red onions, aïoli, arugula & house-made ketchup:
The burger was good. NOT the best burger in Portland but tasty. The bun was the best part of the burger, hands down. The burger didn’t need the bacon, it got kind of lost in the other flavors. The cheese was mild, the homemade ketchup had the consistency of tomato paste and I tasted curry.
We ended up at Cupcake Jones. I was tempted by all the amazing looking cupcakes! I was good though.
We continued walking deeper into the Pearl District and ended up at Jamison Park. I’d never seen the fountains there in the park, so it was a nice treat!
QUESTION: Do you ever walk around your city like a tourist?