Location: mobile – most recently seen at Pioneer Courthouse Square
If you are an Oregonian, when you think of Burgerville, you may think of Walla Walla sweet onion rings or Blackberry shakes or Tillamook Cheeseburgers. Burgerville is one of those local chain restaurants that bucks the fast food trend and embraces what this city loves – local. I have always been a fan of their burgers and known they were better than the other chains, but it was only in the past few years that Burgerville embraced a more local stance by partnering with Oregon Country Beef and sourcing their veggies from local farms. And they are succeeding. Now, they take their menu on the road.
The Burgerville Nomad is a burger truck by all accounts. Like many of the taco trucks we see around the city, it is designed to be truly mobile and doesn’t currently have a primary location. The Nomad has staff too. Not just a couple of individuals in the truck putting together your lunch, but they have greeters and hosts there to offer you a menu, take your order and hand you a napkin once your meal is done. I think I counted about seven or eight staff. Wow. They do a brisk business, constantly busy while I ate my lunch and observed, but no more busy than some of the other carts in the square.
The Nomad offers up an extensive menu. I haven’t been in a real Burgerville in awhile, so this may not be their entire menu. There are the signature burgers, the homemade veggie burgers, the turkey and chicken sandwiches. There are salads and fries and an assortment of drinks. They even offer up milkshakes and other desserts, including seasonal ones, leveraging local fruit harvests. The prices are reasonable – just like in the restaurant and the service is great. No complaints here.
I wanted to enjoy their signature Pepper Bacon Cheeseburger the other day, but upon arrival, I as informed that they had run out of bacon. Harrumph! It was only 12:15. I thought that was odd, but picked up the Tillamook Cheeseburger and enjoyed it just the same.
The Burgerville Nomad is a mobile truck, so if you are looking for it, you should follow them on Twitter or check out their website for current and future locations. If you want a great burger or blackberry shake, Burgerville is a good choice. When you find them, tell them Food Carts Portland sent ya.
- Pepper Bacon Cheeseburger – Country Natural beef, pepper bacon, Tillamook cheddar cheese, condiments – $5.70
- Tillamook Cheeseburger – Country Natural beef, Tillamook cheddar cheese, condiments – $4.50
- Half-pound Colossal Cheeseburger – 2 1/4 lb. Country Natural Beef patties, American cheese, condiments – $6.40
- Hamburger -$1.60
- Cheeseburger – $1.80
- Spicy Anasazi Bean Burger – spicy Anasazi bean patty, Tillamok pepper jack cheese, chipotle mayo, lettuce, tomato on a bun – $5.90
- Rogue River Smokey Blue Salad – spring mix greens, Rogue River smokey blue cheese, cranberries, apples and crape tomatoes – $6.95
- French Fries – $2.30
- Seasonal Milkshakes – $4.80
- Ice Cream Milkshake – $3.60