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The Ultimate Guide to Pairing Burgers With Wine (INFOGRAPHIC)

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Pairing burgers with wine surpasses high-low gimmickry. The humble patty is currently in its prime (pun absolutely intended), as chefs elevate black-bean burgers, bacon-topped behemoths, and everything in between with carefully chosen ingredients and housemade condiments.

Sean Brock, the James Beard Award-winning chef in Charleston, S.C., is at the forefront of the gourmet burger movement. His American-cheese-topped, limited-engagement Husk burger inspires odes. Meanwhile, Daniel Humm’s veggie burger at NYC’s The NoMad reinvigorates a category previously associated with flash-frozen pucks.

The American wine industry is similarly booming. Domestic wine sales rose 14 percent from August 2016 to August 2017, reaching $3.1 billion. States across the country are producing their own unexpectedly great wines. Wine imports to the United States are a $5.8 billion business, up nearly 10 percent from 2012 to 2016.

In other words, wine is increasingly accessible, and burgers have never been better. It’s a great time to be alive.

With this in mind, we created the ultimate guide to pairing burgers with wine. Whether you are an all-beef classicist, turkey fan, or lifelong vegetarian, we’ve got you covered. Here are eight perfect burger and wine pairings.

The ultimate guide to pairing burgers with wine.

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In N’ Out Burger Sends Scouts to Medford

cheeseburgerMEDFORD, Ore. — There is a lot of talk about In N’ Out Burger moving a location to Medford. However, the famous burger joint said “nothing is for sure just yet.”

The burger chain has filed a pre-application with the City of Medford and said it has real estate agents in the area scouting multiple locations for the fast-food restaurant to move to.

Jim Huber, with the City of Medford Planning Department, said that more details will be discussed in a staff meeting next week.

Representatives from In N’ Out Burger said that it is possible for the company to submit multiple applications in different cities, and Medford is one of those cities.

Two New Restaurants to Open Downtown

KILLER BURGER DOWNTOWN EUGENEEUGENE, Ore. — More new businesses are coming to downtown Eugene.

City planners say Killer Burger and a new sushi restaurant called Makoto will open soon.

Killer Burger is coming to the Broadway Commerce Center, next to Sizzle Pie.

The sushi restaurant is filling a space on Willamette Street, across the street from the new Capstone student housing project.

City planners say both fit the vision of downtown eugene.

“The idea is that there are restaurants, movies, retail, ice cream, sushi–a whole range of options so that people will stroll downtown, walk around, and find something that appeals to them,” said Nan Laurence, senior planner at the City of Eugene.

Laurence says Killer Burger will open in 60 to 90 days, and Makoto in the next two to three months.

Finding the Burger Joint – Dickie Jo’s

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by Scott Zeppa
Eugene Daily News 

Greetings all, I’m the Fast Food Junkie and I’m not sorry! I’m also not sorry about taking a little break from my burger joint quest these last two weeks to stuff my face with Thanksgiving turkey over one extended weekend, as well as “hyper” sampling some of the Civil War’s best tailgate flank steak the following weekend. Both food and family-friendly occasions that allow for a little “top-button popping” excess, and the smug satisfaction of a happy and full belly. Despite the whirlwind of seasonal celebrations and their own carnous pleasures, I have not lost sight of my mission gentle readers; the quest for a great local burger with a side of Americana is still on. This time it’s right in the heart of Eugene.

Given this is the “Eugene” Daily News, I have gotten some friendly flak regarding this series since the first two locales were on Main Street in Springfield. Well, I have a confession to make – I’m a Springfeldian. I hope this doesn’t cause too much controversy. I want to assure you, burger lovers, that I will never let municipal bias interfere with my taste buds. Great burgers know no borders and as long as it’s local and meaty, the Fast Food Junkie will be there. This time around, I was at Dickie Jo’s Burgers.

 

Dickie Jo’s Burgers (201 E. 13th Ave) is right off the corner at 13th and Pearl in downtown Eugene. I call it “new old school” because it was opened in 2009 by Westraunt Concepts, a local West Bros. enterprise with the objective of offering a high quality “quick casual” dining experience. The place created a lot of local media buzz when it first opened and received much praise for the quality of fare, however, there were a few complaints regarding service and price so I was interested to see what I would discover now that the hoopla has long since quieted.

Aside from the handicapped parking spot and modern bicycle security cage, the Dickie Jo’s frontage is comfortably traditional. The color scheme and sign fonts exude the feeling of a classic burger joint. The feeling is well amplified when you walk through the door and see the sign instructing you to order at the register counter. Dickie Jo’s runs what I call a semi-sit down service operation (aka Carl’s Jr. style) where one orders at the register counter, gets a number and the food is brought to the table. There is ample seating, including a great counter and space for those waiting on to-go orders.

 

The menu is basic, offering variations on burger baskets (1/3 lb), hot dogs and chicken strips but with many fresh and homemade ingredients. All buns and breads are baked fresh on-site and homemade chili is served in a bowl or on top of a Hebrew National kosher dog. Dickie Jo’s also proudly offers “Aloft Serve”, a special organic and natural soft-serve ice cream available as cones, shakes, sundaes and banana splits. Soft drinks, including tea, are pricey ($2) but include unlimited refills. A selection of bottled beer is also available. There’s no breakfast menu, as Dickie Jo’s is only open for lunch and dinner. No matter to me though, as my dedicated focus is the burger joint experience.

 

When I walked into the place at high noon, there was one party of two ordering at the counter and about 15 customers already eating distributed across 7 tables. Pleasant Christmas music could be heard in the dining area befitting the season. Patrons ranged from elderly couples, to college students, to a family of four, to myself and there was a slow but steady flow of traffic in and out of the place while I was there. The excellent lunch counter was empty so I decided to sit there after I placed my order. Travis, the young man behind the counter, was courteous and efficient. I noticed during my meal that each of the six workers were relatively young and quite industrious. I ordered a burger basket with a bottomless Dr. Pepper, scratching the tomato and adding cheddar. This came to $9.50, so again, maybe a little steep for the starving student but a typical price point for the whole experience. Dickie Jo’s also offers to cook your burger “a little pink” or “no pink”. I went with “a little pink.”

 

The cook staff impressed the heck out of me. I had my basket brought to me inside of five minutes! Amazing. It was so fast I thought for sure they had rushed it, but no, they got it done fast and well; perfectly “a little pink”. The burger was excellent quality, the fresh baked and butter-toasted bun was incredible and the toppings were all fresh and appropriately distributed. There was a lot of grease on the paper the burger was wrapped in, but the burger itself was tastefully juicy and the bun was unaffected; I can’t emphasize how excellent Dickie Jo’s buns are. The fries are also top drawer, shoe-string style and near perfect. No grease to speak of, thin natural-cut slices, crispy outside yet with full potato body inside; nothing compliments a burger like fries. My one greedy complaint would be to get more fries in the basket, though the quantity I received was ample for a filling lunch.

 

So, based on my experience, if there were any legitimate service issues when the place first opened they have been well resolved. The staff was always hustling, with a friendly demeanor and I’ve never had a properly prepared order brought to me so fast. The place is clean and inviting, and, aside from a few modern conveniences (like HD TV’s) which we will absolutely forgive them for; Dickie Jo’s does an excellent job of providing a quality burger experience. I call it a tasty lunch and a nice new rendition of an American classic.

Finding the burger joint, part 1: Giant Burger

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Greetings Eugene Daily Newsers!  I am the Fast Food Junkie, and I’m not sorry.  I am here to represent my local culture – a land of the big chains, but also diners, delis, carts, cafes, shacks, huts, and holes in the wall.  I have nothing against the wine and cheese set; I just have different tastes and a more blue collar style.

Giant Burger is a must for the Fast Food Junkie!

Every so often, it just pays to go off in search of the perfect burger.  But this time around I want something more.  I don’t just want to find the burger, I want to find the burger joint!  The burger joint:  a classic, local, family place, no alcohol, just good food and friendly atmosphere.  Mostly regulars eat there, but stop-ins are just as welcome.  Maybe you know the place!  My first stop on this quest was Giant Burger, located on the corner of 38th and Main St. in Springfield.

The place looks very family oriented and nostalgic from the outside, and has looked that way at least since I first arrived to this area some 15 years ago.  As I pulled up to lock my bike, however, I realized there was more to Giant Burger than meets the eye.  There is a small lottery set up in the back and they do serve beer.  Though not technically fitting the description of the burger joint I was looking for, I decided to press on because the gambling section (other than Keno) was well separated from the main room and they served no other type of alcohol than beer.  And yes, I was wanting lunch.

The interior makes you feel right at home

The interior is a sweet little setup with tables, booths and a small counter.  When I arrived at 1 pm there were already about 12 people in the place enjoying lunch and there was traffic in and out during the whole lunch hour.  The place is seat-yourself and the menus are waiting for you at the table.  Despite only one server working the counter, and what was apparently the end of a lunch rush, my order was taken within 5 minutes and I had my beverage within two minutes of the order.

The menu is immense for such a small place.  Giant Burger offers burgers from 1/6 pound to a full pound.  Basic toppings include mayo, mustard, lettuce, tomato and red onion.  All the extras are there: cheeses, bacon, guacamole, etc.  They offer over 20 types of specialty burgers, and a garden burger for your vegetarian friends.  Order a basket and select from five types of fried potatoes: thick natural cut, curly fries, wedges, jojos, or skins.  Coleslaw, salad and onion rings are optional substitutes for fries.

The home cut fries are to die for!

There is also a variety of other American fare, over 15 kinds of sandwiches, and a good selection of soups, salads and low carb alternatives.  Giant Burger sports the normal complement of beverages, plus old fashioned shakes, sundaes and desserts – all very impressive, but for me it was all about burgers.  I kept it basic and got a 1/4 lb. burger basket, thick cut fries option, add cheese and 16 oz. Dr. Pepper.

The service, provided by the intrepid Judy, was courteous but brief – not surprising given she was holding down the lunch rush solo.

As I waited, I surveyed the patrons, an interesting mix of mostly older folks and some college aged youth.  There were only two cars parked outside when I arrived, plus a few drive up working lunch to-gos while there, so it’s my impression that it’s definitely a neighborhood place, particularly for those who like a little Keno with lunch.  The smell coming from the kitchen was making my mouth water, even moreso because the customer to server ratio led to the somewhat delayed arrival of my burger basket.  So be aware there could be delays when enough customers are there.  They pride themselves on making everything fresh at Giant Burger.

You can enter into the Giant Burger 5 lb. Challenge ... if you dare!

When my food did arrive, I was more than satisfied.  The burger was cooked thoroughly, yet still juicy and firm, and the toppings were ample, but not overdone.  The flavor was excellent.  I actually ate too much of it before I realized I hadn’t taken a photo!  The thick cut fries were thick, but not too dense, and the flavor was excellent.  They take longer to cook, so watch out – they are hot when they get to your table!  Giant Burger has received prior kudos from local media and it’s completely justified.  I enjoyed the meal thoroughly, and there were a couple fries left over.  My excellent lunch selection ran $8.00, not including tip – a little rich for starving students every day, but still a good value for us working stiffs who like a little more atmosphere than golden arches.

Overall, I was well pleased with my lunch experience at Giant Burger, and I am certain to go back.  This place is definitely a burger joint!

Oh, and did I mention the $40.00 “5 lb. Challenge?”  If you’re curious, or just hungry, head down to Giant Burger.  They will be happy to tell you all about it!  And they also deliver via Pony Express.

 

The Maize Lounge

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Welcome to the Maize, Cornucopia’s new lounge
by R.L. Stollar, EDN

The Maize Lounge.

When it comes to burgers, it’s hard to top Cornucopia’s award-winning behemoth of local, hormone and antibiotic free beef. Not content with its many accolades, Cornucopia is once again shaking up the nightlife. Meet the Maize Lounge on 13th Street.

“Friends Welcome! Enemies Too!” So says the sign situated outside the lounge occupying the same building as the District. The Maize boasts of everything that makes Cornucopia amazing—but with some twists added. While the favorites are still there — hush puppies and beef from Knee Deep Cattle Company — the new venue seems tailored to the hungry patrons of late-night adventures. There is an impressive breakfast selection that you can order anytime. Seriously, anytime. And by breakfast is meant everything from corned beef hash to biscuits and gravy.

A beautiful, full bar.

There is also a build-your-own salad and condiment bar. Want nacho cheese with your fries? You got it. Maybe some brown gravy for the tots? You can get that, too. And if you like fries, check out the selection: six — yes, six! — different types of fries. The sweet potato and seasoned curly fries top the list.

Artwork adorns the walls.

 

 

In short, the Maize Lounge has taken the Cornucopia experience to new levels. “We are hoping to create more of a European bar atmosphere, where family and friends are welcome,” says Alison, Co-Owner of the Maize. “We want to make it fun for people to go out and relax.” While some may seem dissuaded about opening a new bar in a recession, Alison and company are confident in this step. “Sometimes there are opportunities,” she says, “and working with the District has been really great.” Great, too, for all of us looking for something new. Pool tables, a spacious atmosphere, and (no joke) the most beautiful bathroom faucets in Lane County are but a few of the highlights of this great addition to Eugene’s party-healthy scene.

The Sunrise Burger.

The Maize Lounge had its grand opening just last Friday, June 3. So come by and enjoy a burger and your favorite beverage anytime you want. Or, if you want some festivities to pair with your food, check out the weekly line-up: Monday night is a giant Jenga tournament, Tuesday has Karaoke, Wednesday is Ladies Night, and Kids Eat Free on Sundays. Live bands on Friday and Saturday will be coming soon. With 8 beers on tap, 2 wines on nitro, a full bar with a giant flat-screen TV, non-stop music to appease all listeners, and friendly and prompt service, the Maize Lounge is a must-see. Oh, and you have to try the Sunrise Burger. Bacon and egg on a Cornucopia cheeseburger? Yes, please!

The Maize Lounge, located on the corner of 13th and Oak, is open daily from 11 am til at least 2 am. Kids are welcome until nine pm. Visit Cornucopia online at www.eugenecatering.com.

A University Staple and a Really Good Burger: The Glenwood

A University Staple and a Really Good Burger: The Glenwood
by Everett Meadows, The Eugene Burger Blog

A friend recently described the Glenwood as a “Tier 2” restaurant.  It is not quite a “Tier 1” restaurant, or the type of restaurant that is an absolute must if you are visiting town for only a weekend.  Rather, it is something just underneath that: a restaurant that you should really give a chance if you are going to spend any sort of time in a town.  While this rating system is still not quite patent-ready, I am thinking that the third Tier would have restaurants that are perfectly salvageable but not anything special, and the fourth would be made up of the real dogs, but I digress…


I can’t say I disagreed with my friend’s, 2nd tier, assessment.  The Glenwood has not been a place I would likely put on a can’t-miss list, but I have taken plenty of visiting out-of-town friends and family there.  Between its campus location, attention to detail, and Tomato Cheese soup (more on this later), The Glenwood has earned its spot as a University and Eugene staple.  The food is great, the service is usually very good, and, as long as you avoid it on a Saturday or Sunday before 3:00, you can usually be in and out in about 25 minutes.

Still, I have never really considered the Glenwood a burger joint.  To me, the Glenwood is a breakfast place; it is the restaurant that I think about on a lazy sunday, when I consumed one (or twelve) too-many on Saturday (for the record: their Eggs Benedict are maybe the best in town).  I knew they had burgers, but have never before much had the inclination to order one.

Recently, however, I have been hearing more and more about the Glenwood’s burgers; I have received more than one email recommendation from readers, and even some from personal eugene-foodie confidants.  That, combined with the Glenwood being close enough to my daily goings-on, made the Glenwood ripe for the EBB treatment.

To begin this review, I want to get something out of the way:  The Glenwood does not serve french-fries. I think this is perhaps the reason I don’t see the Glenwood as a burger-joint.  I knew they didn’t have french-fries, but never really put any thought into it before today.  Upon ordering a burger you are given the choice of salad, home-fried potatoes, fresh fruit, cottage cheese, or soup.  Most people in my situation would, I assume, make a giant mistake when faced with this decision, and order the potatoes.  I am not saying the potatoes are bad, in fact I think they are relatively good, I even tasted some today so I could confirm this, but they are not the best option.

It is a little known fact that the Glenwood has one of the greatest soups in the whole wide world: tomato cheese.  Forgive me for not being impartial and bringing in past opinions to my review, but seriously folks, this soup is great.  It is not a complicated soup; in fact, some might consider it crude.  Simply, it is a no-frills tomato soup, with shredded cheese.

Something about the cheese makes it not melt completely, and the result is a wonderful, yet completely un-pretentious, masterpiece.  Just order it, okay?  I will leave it at that, because this is not the Eugene Soup Blog, as that would be stupid.


The burgers at the Glenwood are pretty amazing on paper.  Their beef comes from Oregon Natural Meats, a “locavore”-movement, Oregon-company that feeds all its cattle “upcycled” brewers grain (from local breweries), and dry ages all beef for no less than 21 days.  The stock burger-package at the Glenwood includes a 1/3 lb. patty, whole wheat bun, green leaf lettuce, tomato, pickle, and mayo.  And, at $6.50 – $8.50, they are priced really competitively.

As I have been out of the reviewing game for a couple of months, I decided to keep it simple and order a standard bacon-cheeseburger, or the “Willamette,” comes with Tillamook Cheddar and “thick bacon,” and goes for $7.75.

The burger is a good-looking creation, with fresh veggies, and a clean presentation.  It’s no greasy spoon burger, but it also isn’t an overdone fancy restaurant burger.  The bacon is, as promised, quite thick, and appeared to be cooked perfectly.

First-bite was my first indication that the Glenwood may have something pretty special with this burger.  I don’t know if it some un-mentioned seasoning, or the aging process employed by Oregon Natural, but the flavor of the beef was up there with any burger I have had locally.  The bacon was indeed cooked perfectly, not too crispy and not too soft, and the veggies were in perfect proportion to the meat.  I even really liked the pickles, which are typically a “meh…” item for me.

The only issue I have is with the whole-wheat bun.  On one hand, I really like the idea of whole wheat bread; it is so much better for you than white bread, and in many instances the flavor works better with the particular dish.  On the other, I am sort of a Philistine when it comes to my burgers and I like the processed clean flavor of white bread.  The bun tasted fine, so I will give it a pass, but it is likely the greatest source of any hesitation I have about this burger.

All things said and done, the Glenwood has a really great burger; likely, it is one of the best in town.  I would have to go back to some of the restaurants I have previously reviewed to say for sure, but I suspect that the beef was better than any of my previous entries.  I’d say it’s a little bit of a sleeper, and the Glenwood has too many things going on to really be considered a burger joint, especially with no fries, but this burger does nothing in my mind except put the Glenwood clearly in front of other local restaurants who are known specifically for their burgers (I’m looking at you Cornucopia).

Perhaps the Glenwood was already on some of your own “Tier 1” lists, and, as of today, it has pushed its way on to mine.

The Glenwood Restaurant
1340 Alder St.
Eugene, OR 97401

(541) 687-0355

http://www.glenwoodrestaurants.com

Reprint by Permission of The Eugene Burger Blog.

The Paris Hilton Burger: Hop Valley Brewing Co.

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The Paris Hilton Burger: Hop Valley Brewing Co.
by Everett Meadows, The Eugene Burger Blog

One of the things that our culture invariably appreciates is a story outlining a successful journey from humble roots.  Everyone loves the stories of Henry Ford, Ray Croc, and Oprah Winfrey: people who started from nothing, and wound up conquering the world.  Conversely, we tend to have disdain for the Paris Hiltons of the world: folks who had the good life handed to them, and just don’t seem to have any appreciation it.

It is in between those two models that our dream, the ‘American Dream,’ lays.  It is a model that includes sundry middle variables, and two constants at its extremities: a paupers starting line, and a white picket finish line.

The cliché is present everywhere in our society: at the Oscars, in hip hop music, in some of our most celebrated films.

We have the same expectation for our restaurants.  Whether it’s a big chain of restaurants, or a single well-established restaurant, we want to see a big picture in the lobby showing the dinky little first iteration of the chain, or the old unpolished building that the restaurant used to reside in.  It’s a credibility thing.

Hop Valley Brewing is not that type of place; I hadn’t even heard of it the first time I went in.  It is like aliens dropped the place off in the middle of the night, all shiny, with an extensive menu, giant selection of microbrews and four big ol’ fermenters.

I have to admit, it doesn’t seem right to me.  It has no history, no background story detailing its ugly little shack where its college student owners brewed their first amber ale kit.  No doubt the owners have their own little humble beginning story, but as far as I know, Phil Knight anonymously funded the restaurant.  It lacks a feeling of authenticity.

Those of you who have been to HV, know exactly what I’m talking about.  When you walk in to the main lobby, the place feels distinctly like a chain.  There is no dusty decorations that are sitting around simply because they have been around for years and years.  All the servers are in uniform, and the tables and chairs all look the same as the other tables and chairs: no chance this place is a small town start-up.

That said, I heard the restaurant had an awesome happy-hour burger, so I decided to check it out.

The entire happy hour menu at HV, which is available every weekday from 3 – 6, is actually pretty awesome, at least on paper.  None of the food is more than four bucks, and all the HV brews are $3.25.

The happy hour burger is a 1/3 lb. burger with fries, and will cost you $3.95.  The beef was the thing that really intrigued me about the burger; they claim it is a house beef, “seasoned with bacon, smoked, & grilled to order.”

Did I mention that the burger comes with fries, and doesn’t even cost 4 bucks?  Did anyone hear the part about beef “seasoned with bacon”?  What could go wrong?

Upon ordering the burger, the server asked me how I wanted it cooked, and I asked for medium-rare.  At this point she

mentioned to me that because the burger was smoked, it typically comes out pink no matter how you order it.  I thought little  of the comment at the moment; first, I know smoked beef stays pink, and second… I didn’t order it well done, so how was the fact going to affect me?  Well, when the burger came out, it became clear why she said something; my burger was well-done, and, of course still pink.

So, what happened? Does the server mention the whole smoked-stays-pink thing to everyone, because she is going to just order it well-done, or does she mention it because no matter how she orders it the kitchen is going to cook it well-done?

Either way, someone screwed up, but hey, did I mention the burger doesn’t even cost 4 bucks?

even well done, the beef was tasty, the taste of bacon was subtle, but definitely there, and the smoking process makes the burger unique enough that it isn’t just any other pub burger.

The burger comes out with a steamy plate of handcut looking fries, that are according to the server not made in house, but still very tasty: the type of fries that you dip in ranch.  The bun is totally edible, but nothing special.

The bottom line is that for the cost this burger is amazing.  At eight bucks, I might be disappointed, but for $3.95 who could be upset?  I give Hop Valley my recommendation, even though there is no backstory.  It is clear that they have worked very hard to make a vision come true, and can you really fault them for making it happen with enough money to do it all polished and shiny?  Hop Valley still has an uphill battle to go to make its restaurant feel like a well oiled machine, but in the meantime they have cheap eats, decent beer and a pretty building.

Hop Valley Brewing
980 Kruse Lane
Springfield, OR 97477
(541) 744-3330
www.hopvalleybrewing.com

via The Eugene Burger Blog: The Paris Hilton Burger: Hop Valley Brewing Co.