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Best burger in PDX

So far Pause on Interstate is my benchmark.

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  1. go try the Carlyle Burger before the 14th(sadly, their last night!). That burger might very well be the finest burger to ever cross my lips.

    1. Portland Monthly did a feature a couple months back on the best burgers in PDX. They broke it down by style: Best Kobe Burger; Best Non Beef Burger (heresy in my world); Best Gigantic Burger...and on and on...

      Here is a link to the online article: http://www.portlandmonthlymag.com/eat...

      I have had the pastrami and Swiss burger at Kenny & Zuke's. It was featured as one of the gigantic burgers. It is a huge beef patty topped with copious amounts of Swiss cheese and their house made pastrami. The thing is awesome. How can you go wrong with meat on top of cheese on top of more meat?

      1. IMO this is very subjective. Castagna is very good, Slow Bar if eaten along with a bourbon OTR also great. My SO loves Stanichs.

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        1. re: Befuness

          The subjectiveness is what makes the discussion great.

        2. The Burger at Metrovino is damn good!!! I had the happy hour version with one fresh ground patty, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, homemade pickle on a brioche bun. I should've got the bar menu version with two fresh ground patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, homemade pickle on a brioche bun>

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          MetroVino
          1139 NW 11th Avenue, Portland, OR 97209

          1. My current fave is Branch Whisky Bar on Alberta: http://branchwhiskeybar.com/

            It's only $6 during happy hour, so i suggest testing it out then!

            also, have a give me three steps: Smoked cabernet wine barrel infused jack daniels and Mexican coke

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            1. re: tybeean

              Thanks for the reminder! This is place is blocks from me. I was just now thinking of happy hour spots for this evening. Branch is going to ideal. Will report back on the burger for sure.

            2. Hands down Foster Burger with bacon, 2 yr. aged cheddar and grilled onions. It's THE best burger in town, and I've been on the search since I moved here 6 years ago. Damn, I want one now...

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              1. re: katipdx

                I had the Foster burger w/cheese a few weeks back and its haunting me. it was really lovely. The Chinese/Viet style bun was a surprising foil to the savory meat in a way I did not expect and I was, admittedly, somewhat dubious about.

                The sweetness of the bun coupled with its nice texture and stand up-ness to the ingredients was really memorable. All the flavors just worked. mmmmm. I want it again.

                Fries were good too. AND they do the adult milkshake of Macallans for 11.

                Great local, old school band flyers on the wall to boot. Play your trivia.

                1. re: mmerino

                  I'm gonna have to try one of those Macallans milkshakes!!!

                  1. re: porky pine

                    Had a plain Stanich Cheese Burger and enjoyed it. I'm not a fancy/klassy/upscale burger kind of girl so it was fun. Sat at the bar & watched the cooks in a Zen Griiddle place. The server was super friendly. Beer good and cold and I loved the atmosphere. Totally fun & old school-even had weird BPOE/Elks stuff around. I heard people complain(yelp) about the cleanliness but while I was there a waitress was buffing down the poles to the bar stools. Its careworn, not dirty.

                    The bad: Fries were eh. not too good. Soggy all the way through but a little browned. Needed the double fry.

                    Overall nice old school burger with a good meld of cheese to meat to may/pickle,etc. Fosters is still my fave.

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

              2. The burger at Toro Bravo is delicious and very overlooked, since there are many other worthwhile menu items. Top 5 in PDX IMO.

                1. The burger at Yakuza is so good. My mouth starts watering just thinking about it.

                  1. My favorites: Carafe; Slow Bar; Bamboo Sushi's kobe beef burger (currently being done patty melt style, OMG), and Toro Bravo.

                    Lotsa people have lotsa love for Cafe Castagna's but its appeal eludes me.

                    1. This may not be an upscale burger joint but I ahve discovered Christophers on MLK man it is an awsome burger. The man up burger is big and jucie. comes with an egg and hot link and the flavors are wonderful. My boys get the man up burgers I ge tthe regular cheesburger and you walk out full and satisfied.

                      1. Cafe Castagna is my go-to.

                        Has anyone tried the burger at Paley's? I'm curious, but haven't gotten around to it.

                        1. I don't think anyone else has mentioned the burger at Veritable Quandry. I haven't been there in a while, but I remember that it's on some kind of amazing bread. I'm not a fan of grossly enormous burgers, but I remember VQ's being especially tasty. It's definitely in my Top 5, maybe Top 3.
                          Oh, and for another dark horse in the race... Check out Wine Down on NE 28th. It's kind of a cool place and their burger is really good.

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                          1. re: StarkRaving

                            Pause on Interstate has an EXCELLENT burger. They grind their own meat every day, slice up potatoes for amazing thick-cut fries, and serve it all with pickled zucchini and a side of chipotle mayo. At $8 it is a steal! I am also a fan of burger at Cafe Castagna.

                            1. re: StarkRaving

                              Wine Down is closed.

                              as has Carlyle.:-(

                            2. The closure of Carlyle puts the Toro Bravo burger back on top. And the Fenouil burger was decent before, so it'll be interesting to see if Chef Jake Martin (who is moving over from Carlyle) brings it into the conversation as well.

                              My second place vote goes to Higgins.

                              1. LOVE the venison burger at Victory Bar on SE Division. Great cocktails, good beer selection, and gooey cheesy spatzele (sp?) too!

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                                1. re: 2wheels2four

                                  Toro Bravo. Get it with the radicchio salad.

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                                  Toro Bravo
                                  120 NE Russell St Ste A, Portland, OR 97212

                                2. FYI, Zukin has been eating his weight in burgers around town, and there are lots of comments and pictures here (in each restaurant topic where a burger might be on the menu): http://www.portlandfood.org/index.php...

                                  Also check out the fried chicken thread, lots of pics and comparisons there too, if you are interested...