Sometimes, you just want a burger, you know? And this was one of those times. We discovered Burger Bungalow shortly after it opened on NE 28th Street in Vancouver after stopping by the grocery store that’s situated on the same corner. And this place was truly a great discovery!
Location: 11215 NE 28th Street, Suite 1 in Vancouver, WA
Order: I ordered the Bleu Fungii with french fries while my husband ordered the “Hall of Famer” with chips.
What I Think:
The first time I stopped in at Burger Bungalow, we didn’t order. I just picked up a to-go menu and left. To tell the truth, I was a little intimidated by the menu. It seemed a little too pricey for a burger. However, our curiosity finally got the best of us, and we decided to give them a try.
And while the prices are a considerably higher for a burger than you’d pay at a fast-food joint (the least expensive burger on the menu is the Sourdough Burger at $8.49), these are certainly no fast-food burgers. They aren’t even in the same league. Burger Bungalow doesn’t even belong in the same sentence as “fast food.” And if it eases the conscience at all, the price does include a fountain drink and a side order of fries (or their homemade, crinkle cut chips).
One thing that makes Burger Bungalow different from the “other guys” is that their beef is “Oregon Country” grass-fed beef raised by local farmers. These patties are “Organic – Hormone & Antibiotic Free all beef 1/3 lb. burger patties.” And this really makes all the difference in the world! And while I realize there are those who may be skeptical, once you taste these burgers, you will be a believer.
The Bleu Fungii burger ($8.99) that I ordered is topped with a mushroom blend that has been sautéed in garlic butter, Bleu cheese and Swiss cheese. The bun is freshly toasted. The mushrooms were thickly cut and not those thin slivers of mushrooms that end up mushy and slimy after being sautéed. The thicker cut also results in a tender, meaty flavor and texture. I couldn’t taste much of the garlic on these, but, the mushrooms tasted so good that I didn’t really need to taste the garlic.
The Swiss Cheese was a little overpowered by the pungent flavor of the Bleu cheese. Again, I’m not complaining, because I ordered this burger because of the Bleu cheese, and had I given it much thought when I was ordering I would have probably requested to have the Swiss cheese omitted. Not because I dislike Swiss cheese – I love it! – however, when it comes to burgers, I don’t really like them to be smothered with cheese. I want to taste that beef!
And this beef tastes incredible! The burger was well-done and I guess if I were to complain about anything, I guess I would have preferred the burger to have been cooked medium. But in this day and age, I can understand why they choose to cook their burgers well-done. And even cooked well-done, these burgers are very juicy and flavorful.
The french fries are thick cut and perfectly cooked. Golden brown and lightly salted, these fries have a fluffy interior with a slightly crisp exterior. But what really makes the fries special here is the Bungalow Sauce! Be sure to ask for a side of it for french fry dipping! This is a mayonnaise based sauce, and I don’t know what else is added to the mayo, but I think it’s a combination of ketchup and mustard. It’s probably a very simple recipe – but it’s done right!
I also managed to wrangle a bite of the “Hall of Famer” burger ($8.59) from my husband, and this is a tasty burger as well. Much more of the “classic” kind of burger that’s been topped with the Bungalow Sauce, lettuce, tomato and onion. What makes this burger noteworthy is that the meat has been filled with cheddar cheese, so every bite is cheesy deliciousness. However, I preferred my Bleu Fungii – I’m just that kind of girl!
My husband ordered the chips instead of the french fries, and these are cooked in-house and cooked fresh-t0-order. They are lightly salted and peppered, and I love the crunch that these chips deliver. Next time, I’m going to have to remember to order these instead of the fries!
My Final Thoughts:
Having lived in this area for about ten years now, I can say that I’ve tried a lot of different burger restaurants in this area, but, Burger Bungalow is definitely the BEST burger in Vancouver, Washington. (Although, when in Portland, you gotta hand it to Little Big Burger)