As part of Eater's first ever burger week, chefs at four Portland restaurants that are a tad burger-phobic agreed to make a special Eater Burger, just for us. Every day we'll highlight a new off-the-menu creation... and today's offering, by Irving Street Kitchen's Sarah Schafer, can be yours during happy hour (and brunch) this week.
[Photography by Dina Avila]
"There's so many people who do good burgers in this town," says Irving Street Kitchen chef Sarah Schafer of her normally burger-less menu. "So I [originally] didn't wanna mess with it." But recently, Schafer's been experimenting with a burger on the weekend brunch menu (pair it with a PBR for $3!), and she took on Eater's burger challenge as a way to amp up the current offering.
Schafer's Eater Burger combines ground beef, fresh avocado, house-made truffle mayo, and gruyere ("it melts better," Schafer says) on a Grand Central sesame-seed brioche bun. But in a nod to her Southern-influenced style, Schafer adds strips of her house-made tasso bacon (it's a Cajun-style smoked pork) to the top for some serious pork love.
And if you want a bite, Schafer's serving up the special Eater Burger during Irving Street's happy hour all this week and during brunch service this weekend (with a side of fries, natch)... should the response be hearty, it may make an appearance on menus for an even longer duration. Get some.
· Irving Street Kitchen [Official site]