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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Burger Week: Alberta Street Pub's $5 Elk Burger

Posted by Chris Onstad on Thu, Aug 1, 2013 at 1:14 PM

Elk, pickled cherries, chanterelle mayonnaise, Rogue smokey blue cheese sauce. $5.
  • Elk, pickled cherries, chanterelle mayonnaise, Rogue smokey blue cheese sauce. $5.

This announcement is part of our 2013 Burger Week (Aug 5-11), where we (and generous sponsors Nicky USA and Widmer Brewing) team with local restaurants and vendors to bring you $5 gourmet hamburgers!

Kevin Sandri, who made his name in Portland with the beloved and lamented Garden State cart, and then went on to help start Lardo’s brick-and-mortar, finally has his own restaurant in the Alberta Street Pub. His signature sense of heft and attention to detail has resulted in an elk burger dressed to the nines with earthy chanterelle mayonnaise, pickled cherries (flavorful game and tart cherries, a timeless pairing), a powerful Rogue Smokey Blue cheese sauce, caramelized onions, and arugula on a Fleur de Lis brioche bun. Never tried elk? It makes me think of what beef might have tasted like before factory farming: robust, but nowhere near as strong as, say, lamb, and not the least bit gamy. Paired with these assertive flavors, it gets your pleasure center firing on all cylinders.

The fully-gutted and restored Alberta Street Pub rings true as a cozy, sturdy drinking room that will outlast us all, and the tremendous patio (both covered and open, paved and gravel) can seat dozens more. Live music is regularly featured in the brand-new concert hall that makes up (an acoustically separate) half of the restaurant.

Alberta Street Pub
1036 NE Alberta
3pm-2am daily

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