The non-seasonal ingredients are from local sustainable business partners. The coffee is fair trade, the bread is made in town, the eggs are cage-free, the cooking oil is recycled into biofuel, and kitchen scraps are composted.
Yes, you can eat "fast food" that's tasty and still responsible.
Burgerville began in 1961 and now has 39 locations throughout Oregon and Washington.
For our first lunch back in town, lil' sis and I decided to see if there were still any Walla Walla onion rings and Marionberry shakes still available. Since Burgerville uses seasonal ingredients, once they're gone, we have to wait until next year. Luckily, we were in town during the last week both ingredients were still in stock.
Burgerville restaurants have a kitschy 1950s decor. Free Wi-Fi too!
We ordered a regular hamburger, Walla Walla Sweet Onion Cheeseburger, and Walla Walla onion rings.
The cheddar was from Tillamook Creamery, the Walla Walla onions were caramelized, the beef was 100% natural, and served on a 9-grain bun.
We also ordered a Marionberry smoothie made with Portland-based Yo-Cream yogurt and a Marionberry lemonade.
Total cost was a little less than $20. Sure that's double the cost of two value meals, but no value meal has such quality ingredients. You get what you pay for.
Afterward, as we headed toward the exit, we opened the door for another customer who had both hands full. Inside the vestibule, he apologized for not being a gentleman and opening the door for us. But, both his hands were full! Nonetheless, at the second exit door, he backed into the door so he could stand and hold the door open.
Ah, man! Totally reminded me of why I love Oregon. People are nice! Genuinely nice!
Updated October 15, 2009:
I was back in Oregon again last month and on the way to the airport decided to get some Burgerville to-go.
I ordered the Pepper Bacon Cheeseburger. This was a few hours later after I got to the airport, checked in, went through security, and then finally got a chance to sit down. The pepper bacon was thick-cut and so delicious. Plentiful, not a few measly slices I had to dig around to find. Tillamook cheese, of course. The burger held up really well, tasting excellent even cold.
Sweet potato fries were in season! Mmm. So crispy and delicious, I didn't even use ketchup.
All Oregon posts can be found in the tag, Series: Oregon. I suggest reading this particular trip in this order:
I-5 From LA to Portland
Mom and Dad's Garden
Burgerville - Portland - Oregon
Hakatamon - Beaverton - Oregon
I Think I'll Go For a Walk Outside Now...
Vista Point - Oregon City
End of Oregon Trail Interpretive Center - Oregon City
Stevens-Crawford Heritage House - Oregon City
Museum of the Oregon Territory - Oregon City
Mom's Banh Xeo (Vietnamese Sizzling Crepes)
Bonneville Lock and Dam - Cascade Locks - Oregon
Bonneville Hatchery - Cascade Locks - Oregon
Multnomah Falls - Columbia River Gorge - Oregon
Horsetail Falls - Columbia River Gorge - Oregon
Wahkeena Falls - Columbia River Gorge - Oregon
Bridal Veil Falls - Columbia River Gorge - Oregon
Historic Columbia River Highway - Columbia River Gorge - Oregon
Latourell Falls - Columbia River Gorge - Oregon
Crown Point Vista House - Columbia River Gorge - Oregon
Banh Cuon Tan Dinh - Portland - Oregon (Closed)
Downtown Portland - Oregon
Lan Su Chinese Garden (Portland Classical Chinese Garden) - Portland - Oregon
Powell's City of Books - Portland - Oregon
Mom's Geoduck, Dynamite-Style and Chao Oc (Vietnamese Rice Porridge with Clams)
How to Prepare Geoduck and Razor Clams
Geoduck, Japanese Dynamite-style
Chao Oc (Vietnamese Rice Porridge with Clams)
Le Bistro Montage - Portland - Oregon
Kenny and Zuke's Delicatessen - Portland - Oregon
1 year ago today, old canes.
2 years ago today, really great banana bread.