Little Big Burger
When I was a kid, the only thing my brother would eat was hamburgers. I myself liked all sorts of food but since my brother had an aversion to everything but the all american meal, I joined him most of the time in eating burgers. It came to a point where we were aficionados of sorts when it came to burgers (or at least in our minds we were). We would argue which restaurant, burger joint, or fast food place had the best bun to patty ratio, the best fries to accompany the burger, and who’s sauce made the experience worth the stop. When I moved out of my parents to go to college, particularly around the time I met Jade, I left burger eating behind to explore new kinds of culinary wonders. Only in the past year or two have we occasionally ventured back into the world of red meat beef patties, toasty buns, and perfectly cooked fries on the side.
After moving into our new neighborhood we decided to find a place where we could indulge our burger cravings… enter Little Big Burger. We have known about Little Big Burger for a couple years since they opened their doors in Portland, but have never ventured in finding the time to go in and check them out. Having a location conveniently six or seven blocks from our apartment, we really had no good excuse to not to at least try it.
When you eneter Little Big Burger on NW 23rd Avenue in Portland, you can immediately see the massive red and white menu displayed on their wall. They have six items on their menu, and honestly, they really don’t need any more. It’s the perfect selection of simplicity and super affordable. They also have a wide selection of cheeses and you can add bacon at an extra cost (totally worth it). We ordered two burgers, one with cheese and one without, and two fries. The burgers patties were thick, but not too chewy and cooked medium rare. The buns were toasted slightly and made from a brioche that paired well with the onions, lettuce and light amount of condiments. I enjoyed my burger thoroughly. Now the fries… the fries were INSANE. Fried in a combo of canola and corn oil, spritzed with a truffle and oil mix after coming out, and crisped to perfection. But we warn you, one order of fries is enough to fill two people (we learned that the hard way when we completely overstuffed ourselves with two). Little Big Burger is also known for their castsup, which is Camden’s Catsup. It’s a tangy, slightly spicy style. It’s a homemade recipe by the owners of LBB and you can even buy a bottle to take home. I can’t wait to return and treat myself to one of their rootbeer floats…