Bend Burger Company

2008/10/20

Bend Burger Company

<rant>The Bend Burger Company is NOT THE BBC. The BBC stands for the Bend Brewing Company. If I tell my friends that I’ll meet them at the BBC, I better see them at the Bend Brewing Company with a pint of Outback Ale waiting for me.

If I hear you describe the Bend Burger Company to your friends and you refer to them as the BBC, I get to slap you across the back of your neck. On the other hand, if I hear someone in your group refer to the Bend Burger Company and before I get to slappin, you step up and correct them by describing that the BBC is the Bend Brewing Company, then I’ll buy your lunch. I’m dead serious, lunch is on me.

BBC = Bend Brewing Company. The place that specializes in hamburgers is called the Bend Burger Company, Burger Company, or simply BC. Anything but BBC. </rant>

I made it over to the Bend Burger Company with a couple of friends. Both had already tried the burgers but I was able to convince them to give it another try so I could get my photo. Neither were thrilled with their first experience.

I ordered the Deschutes River (Hawaiian Burger) for $8.95. Pepper jack, ham, pineapple, teriyaki sauce, lettuce, and tomato.

Bend Burger Company
The burger was decent. I would have liked it a lot better with about a tenth of the teriyaki sauce. The sauce was really sweet, thick, and with the sweetness of the pineapple, it was overwhelming. The sauce made a mess out of the burger too. I got sauce on my shirt.

My friends told me I should have taken my shirt off just like that tool at Flatbread Community Oven did. I didn’t and ended up tossing my shirt into the laundry bin when I got home. I’m a very clean eater too but could not avoid getting the teriyaki splatter. Sucks to be me.

I enjoyed the potato bun and do not agree with LJR at the Source about the poor bun selection being a bad thing. Hamburgers are not supposed to have wheat buns. This is America! If you don’t like it, get the hell out.

The fries are good but taste like Ore-Ida Crispers. The fry sauce was really good. Tasted like a jazzed up version of Artic Circle’s Special Sauce (ketchup, mayo, and mustard). It had a little bit of heat to it too. Very good fry sauce.

If I may make a suggestion to Bend Burger Company…please make your own fries. You make good burgers but you could also set yourself apart from the other places in downtown Bend that also servers burgers by doing something cool like making your own curly fries. Like have the machine that grinds up the potatoes into long strings of curly fries out near the soda machine so we can see you making them. That would be pretty neat. Just a suggestion.

My friend (owner of the wannabe Elvis Costello glasses on the table which he begged me to get into the shot) got the Bend Burger with cheese and bacon ($7.95) and rather enjoyed it. He said this visit was better than the last time when the BC was serving on paper plates.

Bend Burger Company
718 NW Franklin Ave
Bend, OR 97701

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

kris October 23, 2008 at 2:18 pm

hee! hee! Even I know the Bend Burger Company is NOT the BBC, and I live in Corpus Christi, Texas!!!!

And…You’re right, Dear BOR! The Outback Ale is delicious!!!

And…this does it! I’m moving to Bend!

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Jeff October 25, 2008 at 4:36 am

Thanks for leaving the comment on my blog about my review. In deference to you I purposely did not refer to it as BBC, although my typing fingers sure wanted to. 🙂

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tracey September 21, 2009 at 2:25 am

We really like the Bend Burger Company. LOVE the fry sauce and like your idea of making their own curly fries. That would make it perfect. This is a favorite stop or ours to grab something and eat down at Drake park.

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AceBurger November 30, 2009 at 5:59 am

I think the Bend Burger Company has a really good burger but is way too expensive. I spent $11.95 on a Bacon Cheeseburger, fries and drink. I'm not a huge french fry eater and don't like the fact that fries come with your burger. I know their downtown location and rent necessitate the high price but this is WAY too much for a hamburger. Don't get me wrong, the burgers are quite good but don't make my top 10 in Oregon. Check out my blog and let me know where I should go next! http://www.oregonhamburgers.blogspot.com

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