Comparative burger eating

By BRIAN DUFF  |  November 21, 2012

Five Guys: you know it. It's Obama's favorite and Portland's too, based on the Phoenix's Best of Portland readers' poll. It is bright, red, and bustling and offers the best spectacle of the three — with piled-up bags of potatoes, a mult-cult kitchen, and tons of high school kids. The seeded bun is the most classic, and their burgers (also defaulted as a double) have a bit more char and grease than Elevation, and a touch more gristle. They are very satisfying. The fries are a slightly thicker, and are served in a huge size that should be shared.

Five Guys was started by a group of brothers who didn't want to go to college. After bad burgers, college debt might be our nation's biggest problem, and the only answer is to inflate the currency. We all have negative money, so let's make money worth less. It's that simple. Sure that's bad for the Bain guys, but hey. So let's get used to paying more for stuff, which will help us all in the long run. Here in Portland, burgers are not a bad place to start.

$ | THE LOFT: PORTLAND'S BURGER HOUSE | 865 Forest Ave, Portland | 207.541.9045

$ | ELEVATION BURGER | 85 Western Ave, South Portland | 207.899.0406

$ | FIVE GUYS BURGERS AND FRIES | 425 Fore St, Portland | 207.541.9275

< prev  1  |  2  | 
  Topics: Food Features , food, The Loft, burgers,  More more >
| More


Most Popular
ARTICLES BY BRIAN DUFF
Share this entry with Delicious
  •   COPING WITH ADULTHOOD  |  August 07, 2014
    The neighborhood’s newish Central Provisions is grown up. But it also embodies our ambivalence about adulthood, and our persistent hope that a few more drinks will help us cope with it.
  •   PATHS TO GREATNESS  |  July 31, 2014
    India, like the American university, is mostly in the news these days for its bloated and ineffective administration and an epidemic of underprosecuted sexual assault. But let’s not give up on either—India or college—as a source of wisdom and repository of culture.
  •   THE QUAY TO GOOD LIVING  |  July 11, 2014
    Though they offer an appealing moral clarity, in practice zero tolerance policies have ruined any number of urban schools, fragile marriages, and card-marred soccer games. Zero tolerance almost ruined Portland a few years back, too.
  •   BITING INTO THE FANTASY  |  July 10, 2014
    Is it a sign of the shallowness of our national culture that we have spent half a decade excited by the idea of food served from trucks? Sure. But is it a symptom of some deeper condition? I suspect so. This summer offers a chance to investigate thanks to the arrival of a critical mass of food trucks around Portland, along with the film Chef, about a restaurant chef who starts a food truck.  
  •   A RAIL-CAR PALACE IN BIDDEFORD  |  June 11, 2014
    The barrel roofed train-car looks incredibly good given it’s nearly a century old.

 See all articles by: BRIAN DUFF