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Portland, Oregon 97209
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My recent visit to Portlandâ€™s â€œnewâ€ Hamburger Maryâ€™s was on a whim. I was meeting up with a friend and we hadnâ€™t devised a lunch destination in advance. As we headed toward our planned meet up spot, he text suggested Maryâ€™s.Â I immediately agreed.
I had yet to visit the new version of this venerable eateryâ€¦and I hadnâ€™t been to any other Hamburger Maryâ€™s since the original Portland location closed in the â€˜90s. Now the â€œnewâ€ Maryâ€™s has been open for a full yearâ€¦totally time for a visit!
The self-proclaimed â€œgayestâ€ restaurant in town certainly has an expansive menu, but what else could you want from an establishment called Hamburger Maryâ€™s other than a big, juicy hamburger? And the hamburger menu alone is fat with options. There are standard burgers and specialty burgers, but then you get to pick your meat (or meatless) patty optionsâ€”they offer everything from vegan to black bean to buffalo to Kobe beef.
I went with the simple Mary Burger with cheddar cheese and tater tots on the side. My lunch buddy went with the Spicy Mary, which comes piled high with jalapenos, spicy Mojo sauce and blackening seasoning, and chose a side of fries.
I wasnâ€™t truly prepared for the size of the burgers that soon landed on our table. Huge. Massive, in fact. I liked that each burger came with a extra large steak knife because a.) the heaping burgers are stuffed with toppings and b.) unless you are super-duper hungry, youâ€™re probably going to have leftovers for later.
The burger verdict? The meat was juicy, the toppings were very fresh and the bun was, like, WOWZA! Seriously, the buns are amazing. Our server told us they are made locally daily and (*cringe*) made of 25 percent butter. So, so, so good. Continue reading Review: Hamburger Mary’s (Old Town)