Burgerville: Beaverton: One of the Chain's Smallest and Older Restaurants
Burgerville is a chain fast food restaurant, but not a terribly ambitious one in terms of making itself into an empire. They are satisfied just being a small group of restaurants rooted in southwest Washington and northern Oregon. Their ingredients are, as much as possible, purchased from local farmers and producers.
They have the standard fare American fast food, but also you will usually see something special available here. For example, decades before a certain large and more famous fast food chain released their "Tillamook Cheese Burger" it was Burgerville that had such an item available on their menu.
The downtown Beaverton restaurant, unfortunately, isn't necessarily my favorite in the chain. It is a Burgerville, and it has their special foods, but it is essentially unchanged from the early 1970s. This means the restrooms are on the side of the restaurant, and today that means getting a key from the desk to use them. The place is tiny, especially for the amount of traffic it can get on some weekends, and there is no room to expand due to surrounding road planning and properties consuming all the available space. More modern properties are operating on Allen Blvd and 185th Ave., also in Beaverton.
However, because of the horrific crowding problems in this small restaurant, Burgerville has made an express lane specifically for picking up phoned-in orders. It is the only way this place is able to do what it does in such a compact location.
Favorite Dish: Look for their seasonal stuff, but I am especially fond of the sweet potato fries (another Burgerville innovation copied by other fast food chains) that arrive late in the year. Fresh fruit smoothies and shakes are somewhat more expensive than the regular fare of the same size, but may be worth the price if you like fresh fruit in your drink. There is a hazelnut chocolate milkshake that also arrives in season that is pretty good as well.
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