7.17.2008

Slow Bar



Slow Bar has been getting a lot of good press recently in regards to the Slow Burger, and although it's not my favorite burger in town, it is a damn good one.  There are arguably two schools when it comes to burgers, the first I like to refer to as a "classic" burger, Portland restaurants that serve a killer "classic" burger are, Skyline, Stanich's, Red Coach and Yorgo's.  These burgers are usually cooked on a flat top, preferably one that has been passed down many generations and has never been cleaned, they usually have Lettuce, Tomato, Onions, Pickles, a spread of some sort and American or Cheddar Cheese.  The other type of burger is the "fine dining" burger, this is the burger that appears on the Lunch or Happy Hour menu at a nice restaurant, this burger is despised by line cooks who inevitably have to cook one for some regular customer that just wants a damn burger for dinner and yes, I have cooked my share of these burgers.  There have been Chef's over the years that have tried to bring the burger in to the fine dining world and to me, it's just a gimmick, take the Fleur de Lys in Vegas, their burger is made with Kobe Beef, Foie Gras, Black Truffles and more Truffles on Brioche!  Now Burger King holds the record for the Most Expensive Burger, so if you are in London and want to drop $200 on a burger, go see The King!  So anyway, the Slow Burger falls in to the fine dining burger category and although it's a bar, don't be fooled, there is some good food coming out of that kitchen, the menu reads well and there is obviously a Chef hiding back there somewhere.  The Burger is on a Brioche Bun, it's a 1/2 lb. of Strawberry Mountain Natural Beef and is topped with Gruyere, Relish, Butter Lettuce and a couple of huge Onion Rings, oh yea, and the fries are good too!  So if you are in the mood for a tasty "fine dining" burger, but you don't want to hit NW 23rd or the Pearl for it, go to South East and try the Slow Burger.

Slow Bar
533 SE Grand Ave.
Portland, Oregon
503.230.7767