It’s that time of year again — Portland Mercury’s Burger Week, the food week that started it all! Forty-eight restaurants present their unique take on a burger for only $8. The deals run through Sunday, and with so many options you’re sure to find at least one or two burgers that tickle your fancy, and they may even be in your neighborhood.
That said, I always view these food weeks as an opportunity to hang out in a neighborhood or try a new place that isn’t in my usual routine. We were going out for post-camp lunch yesterday with some friends, and Holler in Sellwood seemed like a great option. Their buffalo-ranch burger looked tempting with a homemade onion ring topping a single patty with cheddar. With crinkle fries for an extra $3, it was delicious and filling. If you or your kids are sensitive to spice, their sauce is a little spicy, so you might want to ask for it on the side. My kids were fine with it, but they have been experimenting with Tapatío at home lately. Holler’s extensive menu also gives plenty of other options if you want to try more than burgers. We ordered the fried chicken sandwich which was wonderful. Holler also has a side room with arcade games to distract the kids while waiting. There were plenty of tables inside and outside for large groups, and with Holler Treats next door, we felt compelled to grab some ice cream and red velvet cake afterwards.
In years past, I have enjoyed the New Seasons Market burger. It is the same at all locations, and I can always count on them not running out and usually not having a long wait. Plus, it is accessible throughout the Portland metro area. This year, it is the Chile Piment-o Burger and it sounds amazing. That’s next on my list. Also, this is also one of the only locations that accommodates gluten-free and vegetarian options.
Speaking of accommodations, it’s always good to check the fine print on each establishment. There are different hours, as well as their own rules about takeout or a limit on how many burgers a party can purchase. Also, the lines can get quite long, and sometimes they even run out of burgers. For example, the Hi-Lo burger at the Hi-Lo Hotel is only available for lunch, and there are only 50 burgers per day. Because hangry kids and I don’t mix, I always have a backup option if the wait seems too long or they run out. Not to worry—Portland Mercury has a handy map to help with your plans. Just know that this can be quite a stress on the food servers and kitchens, so patience, graciousness, and a good tip can go a long way!
If you’re still feeling hungry, I highly recommend chasing your burger with shave ice, a heat wave essential.