Restaurant Review: Next Level Burger in Portland, Oregon
It’s a Sunday night and you don’t want to cook. You don’t want to spend a lot of money, but if it’s vegan, it’s generally more expensive, right? Not everywhere. When in Portland, Next Level Burger is the establishment perfect for those nights when you want good comfort food quickly and don’t want it to empty your wallet.
When in doubt, ask for the Signature burger. This burger has a hearty house-made umami mushroom and quinoa patty topped with avocado, NL (Next Level) cheese, and a roasted garlic thyme mayo. The mayo is the ingredient that really makes it, dare we say, next level. It’s super smooth, creamy, and, unfortunately a trade secret so we couldn’t find out the ingredient list.
Looking for hearty fries but without the grease? Their Chili Chz fries are baked, not fried, so you don’t feel like you’ve splurged after you indulge. The three-bean chili they make in house is also quite delicious and flavorful. The best part is that you can get it on fries or tots!
Craving a vegan hot dog that doesn’t taste like rubber? Their dogs practically snap like a traditional hot dog and it’s not packed with spices or vegetables to overcompensate for flavor or texture. The Slaw Dog comes with coleslaw, pickles, and BBQ sauce, all of which compliment each other perfectly. The BBQ sauce is just sweet enough to balance out the tang from the slaw.
Don’t leave before trying the milkshakes, especially with their in-house coconut soft-serve ice cream. We tried it with the seasonal flavor, strawberry, so it was a perfect combination. The best part is that unlike many traditional milkshakes, it didn’t taste like pure sugar. It tasted like a sweet dessert made with fruits and cream.
If the ingredient is not made in-house, it’s almost always organic. The only thing we ate that fell flat would be the buns. They seemed to compliment the burgers just fine, but the hot dogs might have benefited more from a sourdough or poppy seed bun. Overall, we would return in a heartbeat and would gladly add this to our restaurant rotation if we lived in the area.