Thursday, November 4, 2010

Back at it: Foster Burger

I had another burger and it's been less than a month. Confession. It was a veggie burger. Foster Burger, recently voted in as one of the "Top 10 Burger Spots" per Bon Appetit and also in my neighborhood, was found guilty of harboring my now burger habit. Wait, but how can you not like a place touting a "Sweaty Nipples" poster? Let's be realistic people!

I demolished one of their Veggie Burgers ($9), a vegan, gluten free Chez Gourmet Oregon Harvest Patty made in nearby Wilsonville. Quick, someone alert Quarrygirl. Where the patty was lacking in flavor, it made it up for texture - crisp edges with soft, bean-nut innards, not trying to be meat, just trying to be something hearty and substantial. The brioche butter buns are made in house and  incredible: soft, squishy and super fresh. Just how I'd someday like my wedding cake to be.  Besides the bun and patty, the house-made pickles, onions and Foster sauce did me in (in a good way). An incredible burger! Foster's hand cut fries are quite exemplary - crisped to a deep golden brown perfection on the outside with untrimmed potato skins providing extra texture. I don't believe these are the fries you want to dip in ketchup. They are perfect on their own.

Look Ma, no meat!

Let's take a break to look at more cool vintage posters on the wall!

The actual Foster Burger ($8) is hand formed of natural ground beef, char grilled and topped with vintage cheddar cheese. I think it's delicious, but I didn't eat any of it, just saw the happy faces.

*Burgers washed down with several Cherry Libres ($7):  muddled amarena cherries, Luxardo and light rum, cola and lime. Yum! Yum! Yum!

5339 SE Foster Rd
Portland, OR 97206


Dewi said...

The American classic food, delicious !

JustinM said...

I have certainly eaten meatless burgers before (although I don't know if they were vegan) and the ones I have liked are the ones that don't try to taste like meat. I'm not sure I'd ever order one in a restaurant, though. I like hamburgers and turkey burgers too much.

Diana said...

Those squishy buns look amaaaazing. I kind of think I'd like just a big plate of those rather than one stuffed with meat or a meatless option!

SouthBayGuy said...

Cherry Libres and Nashville Pussy? Does life get any better?

weezermonkey said...

Nothing beats a good burger!

Banana Wonder said...

elra - yeah, especially the veggie burger part!

JustinM - hah, yap the ones that taste like meat are usually just foul (and in no way a pun to taste like chicken/duck/turkey).

Diana - I'm with you on those squishy buns. Gosh we are pervs.

SouthBayGuy - Uh, NSFW?

Weezermonkey - Amen, sista friend!

Gastronomer said...

May I request a review of An Xuyen? I would like to see what my people are baking up in PDX. Thank you ;-) Or Cam On, in Vietnamese.

Banana Wonder said...

Cathy - I was totally thinking of you when I found out about the buns! Hmmm this could be a compelling reason for you to visit!

Helen said...

It's generally hard to tell what a veggie burger tastes like from a photo but upon seeing the big dollop of mayo sauce, the whole photo just comes to life! Do you know what's in the Foster sauce? I've tasted dozens of veggie burgers in my lifetime and they can easily be hit and miss. Some taste so bland while others just explode with flavour. In my experience the really good veg burgers are made from scratch at vegan restos - they know their veg burgers. The fries as usual (yum-yum) are my weakness and seeing the added skin always brings a twinkle to my eye :)