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Jay Lake
Date: 2012-04-20 05:28
Subject: [food] The Black Molly at Killer Burger
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Tags:food, portland, reviews
Ate me a Black Molly at Killer Burger in SE Portland for lunch yesterday. To quote their menu…
1/3rd pound Beef Patty, Smokey House Sauce, Grilled Onion, Philly Steak, Provolone, House-Brined Roasted Green Chiles, Mayo, Bacon

This was one of the tastiest burgers I have ever eaten. One of the best.

[info]mlerules and I had dined there a month or two ago, when this location first opened. At the time she had the Peanut Butter-Pickle-Bacon burger, and I had the Jose Mendoza. Good, crisp fries came with, and they were quite satisfactory burgers, for only a couple of bucks more than fast food prices. I liked it to the point where I made a note to come back.

But the Black Molly… Basically this is the bastard child of a sloppy bacon cheeseburger and a Philly cheesesteak. (No whiz, I'm sad to say.) If you're an unreconstructed carnivore, the sheer, overwhelming savory meatiness of this burger is a major win. I like my food with a zing, so the chiles worked well with the combination, and what's not to love about provolone and mayonnaise? And the base of the burger, the patty itself, is almost perfectly constructed and grilled. We are talking an earthquake in the mouth.

My only complaint is that the juiciness of that combination of ingredients rather overwhelmed the bottom of the bun. I wonder if the Black Molly would profit from being on a stiffer, thicker roll of some kind. But from a mouth feel and taste point of view, this thing is made of 100% USDA Grade A win. One of my top five favorite hamburgers ever.

Highly recommended (unless you have a heart condition, are vegetarian, or lactose/gluten intolerant).

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Fluttering Things: nigella
User: moxie_raqs
Date: 2012-04-20 12:49 (UTC)
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When you're in Chicago, perhaps I can spirit you away for a visit to Kuma's Corner. The food lives up to the hype... those burgers are unreasonably good.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2012-04-20 12:53 (UTC)
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Sounds delicious! Let's see if I make it to Chicon...
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User: joycemocha
Date: 2012-04-20 13:13 (UTC)
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Maybe they have gluten-free buns? You know, supposedly every restaurant in PDX is supposed to have them (NOT!!!!).
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Thom Marrion
User: xnbach
Date: 2012-04-20 13:24 (UTC)
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As long as folks are recommending burger places- next time you are in Seattle, you should try Zippy Burger over in White Center. My vegetarian self has only had the black bean burger, but all my meat-eating acquaintances, including my wife, love the place.

People may try to steer you towards Red Mill, but my extensive scientific research (the personal opinions of said meat-eating acquaintances) shows that Zippy Burger is actually better.
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zxhrue: nuisance
User: zxhrue
Date: 2012-04-20 13:40 (UTC)
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sounds like an awesome burger, and their menu certainly has many others that look interesting as well.

that said, "'Girlie' size"? really? leave aside the fact that I have shared meals with many a woman who could eat mind-boggling amounts of food, as much or more than I can (and I have large appetite), doesn't this usage fall into the same category of denigration as the rest of the 'like a _girl_' usages do?
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User: sillylilly_bird
Date: 2012-04-20 15:46 (UTC)
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I'll add my favorite burger in case you ever make it to Madison [WI].
@ Weary Traveler:

Bob’s (Organic) Bad Breath Burger a half pound of hand-packed fresh ground Lange Farms organic Wisconsin beef* with cream cheese, green goddess dressing, caramelized onions, garlic, tomatoes and Pickapeppa Sauce (mild) w/ a side of Yukon Gold potatoes & mixed greens
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Twilight: WOW (Rogue)
User: twilight2000
Date: 2012-04-20 18:19 (UTC)
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Keyword:WOW (Rogue)
Man, you REALLY know how much your diet has changed your perspective on food when a menu item you USED to love walks across your morning read and your only reaction is "BLEH!"

I now have the reaction you *just* had to the Molly - to a HUGE, really fresh, just washed PERFECT salad - one with green leaves and red onion rings and radishes and a very few well placed garlic crutons all covered in fresh squeezed lemon juice - If I could have a perfect Olive Garden salad EVERY DAY, I would be in heaven.

Hmm - it *is* possible to break old habits, I guess :>.
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User: radiantlisa
Date: 2012-04-20 18:39 (UTC)
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This makes me hungry (and makes me drool) just to read it. Now I seriously want a really good burger.
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User: martianmooncrab
Date: 2012-04-20 19:44 (UTC)
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I had noticed that Hash had been replaced by the Burger joint, so its nice to know that its still a place to get great food, except I will miss their breakfast items...
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triskelmoon: nerd
User: triskelmoon
Date: 2012-04-20 22:10 (UTC)
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I have added this to my google doc that is a to do list of Pdx eateries. Thanks!
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User: mlerules
Date: 2012-04-21 13:56 (UTC)
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User: zxhrue
Date: 2012-04-22 07:04 (UTC)
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oh, one more for your list of burgers to seek out. if you ever find yourself near happy jack, az, get the green chile cheeseburger at the long valley cafe. outstanding burger, your choice of cheese, with a whole fresh grilled hatch chile. worth the drive.
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