ProfessorBurger is twaddling about masticating the ground round:
In my opinion, the Helvetia Tavern burger is the closest thing to an In-and-Out burger in Portland. Not only does it come in just two sizes-- a single patty and a double patty ("Jumbo")-- but it tastes pretty similar too. This is the kind of burger I dream about--thin patty with crisped edges (locally sourced beef is an added bonus), fresh chopped iceberg lettuce, oozing slice of American cheese, and house made "sauce" (mostly a mustard/relish/mayo) concoction on a lightly toasted sesame seed bun. The whole shebang comes with a pile of nicely salted fries still piping hot and glistening and from their recent grease bath. I topped off this gut bomb with a fountain RC cola (no Coke products here). Unless you live out near Hillsboro, a trip to Helvetia Tavern is a bit of trek--but this certainly qualifies as a "destination" burger. I'll be back...maybe again this weekend.
Cost= 4.25 for a single Cheeseburger
PattyDaddy goes to the one that everyone keeps talking about. Yep, there is name-dropping in the burger world and we eat it up:
Me and my photographer friend Erio went for a destination burger at the Helvetia Tavern, just north of Hillsboro, Oregon. We were not disappointed.
We both went for the Jumbo Cheese Burger and split a large fry. The Jumbo is served on an oversized bun and features: two quarter-pound, fresh (never frozen) pattys from Ponderosa Meats in Aloha; special sauce made from mayo, mustard, and relish; shredded iceberg lettuce, tomato, onion, and 8 or 10 pickle slices.
A deal at $7.75. The fries are hand cut daily and cooked up not-too-squishy and not-too-crisp. Erio chose a bottomless RC Cola for $1.75 and I had a PBR for $2.50.
Rustic and authentic old-west architecture. Friendly staff. Regular people.
10275 NW Helvetia Rd
Hillsboro, OR 97124-8115
Phone: (503) 647-5286
Sun-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm