Hamburgers are modeled after Victorian-era architecture, a style known for its golden-brown roofs, flowing lettuce curtains, and meat everywhere. Feast ornately upon a well-formed feeding frenzy with today's Groupon: for $7, you get $14 worth of gourmet burgers and brews at Willamette Burger Company.
Led by a local couple, Willamette's squad of patty purists grind out a gourmet menu of fresh, hormone-free burgers and sandwiches, topped with inventive arrangements of locally sourced ingredients and then tucked lovingly in house-made buns. Sate meaty appetites with a 2011 Best of the Mid-Valley gold medalist burger, such as The Old MacDonald, topped with a fried egg, crispy bacon, and garlic aioli ($9), or revisit a classic with The Grown-Up grilled cheese, piled with bacon, Jack cheese, pico de gallo ($7.50), and pithy proverbs about punctual stitches. Enjoy your 6-ounce serving of refined comfort cuisine with a glass of wine from a local winery ($5–$8), or pace your protein intake by interspersing bites of burger with palmfuls of made-from-scratch tater tots ($3/basket), twice-cooked hand-cut french fries ($4/basket), and impeccably greased fate lines. Butcher-paper-draped tables provide restless fingers with an impromptu canvas for crayoned works of art, inspiring whimsical burger-bearing Mona Lisas and the occasional hamburger haiku.