Monday, March 29, 2010

Foster Burger

Chef Daniel Mondok is damn serious about good food, in this case good burgers, and Foster Burger is damn good. The product of great restauranteurs and quality ingredients, the new spot at SE 53 & Foster boasts beef from a small ranch in Eastern Oregon, buns baked next door, and produce as local as it can get. Teaming up with Mondok in the burger business is Andy Ricker (chef-owner of Pok Pok, Whiskey Soda Lounge and Ping) and Kurt Huffman (developer of Whiskey, Ping and GrĂ¼ner), a relationship for success, for sure. On my visit, doing photos for a review in Willamette Week, we sampled the Foster Bacon Cheeseburger, Buffalo Fries, and Frog Legs atop Brussels Sprout slaw. The burger was amazing, especially for the $8.50 price tag. Tender, melt-in-your-mouth beef, cooked to perfection, combined with crispy bacon and tangy cheddar. The Frog was buttery and tender with a lightly crispy coating, an interesting and enjoyable dish. And the buffalo fries had the perfect amount of hot, especially when chased with a pint. But guess what!? People have already caught on, so if your up for really good baskets of burgers and fries, head to Foster Burger, but get there before your too hungry, most nights the lineup starts before the doors open.

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