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PDX: Is it just me, or has something happened to the burger at Doug Fir?

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Last night, we went to the Doug Fir for a cheeseburger fix. Normally, their "Fir Burger" (with ground beef, cheddar, and carmelized onions--ordered medium rare) is on my Top 5 list of gourmet burgers in Portland--right up there with Lovely Hula Hands, Cafe Castagna, Savoy Bistro, and Buckman Bistro (back in the day before it closed, much to my anguish!).

But, last night, something was not right. I think they switched the bun to something more whole-wheaty--not something I'm opposed to per se, but it didn't taste as good and was kind of mealy. The beef patty was enormous but seemed to lack the flavor and texture that it once had. I could barely taste the cheese and carmelized onions. Instead, I got a mouthful of tasteless shredded iceburg lettuce.

What happened?!?!?! Was this just an off night, or have they changed around the burger? If it's the latter, I think it's definitely for the worse. Anyone else have the same experience?

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  1. ive been looking for the top 5 burgers in pdx. is that your list? anymore to add?

    1. I'd vote for Cafe Castagna as one of the best burgers in the city. Sure it's $13 with cheese and bacon (it's not a "burger joint"), but it comes with great fries and yummy homemade pickled things.

      My fave burger joint burger is currently the Helvetia Tavern burger. But it is kinda out of the way for a quick burger fix.

      1. We tried the Helvetia Tavern today for lunch. good stuff! This place is definitely on the PDX burger map. The burger had all the fixin's plus three strips of crispy bacon. they have a secret sauce with mayo, mustard, and ketchup. This place is a bit far from home but we will be back.