In full disclosure, we were invited and treated to try out DK’s burgers, sides and drinks. This is a first for us and we’re very excited and honored for the recognition of our long years of dining, delighting and drinking our way through Portland’s finest (and not so) burger offerings.
Going in we agreed that treat or no treat, we would give DK’s an honest review. Here goes:
Nestled into a diner sized spot in the heart of SE Belmont, the restaurants space is split into 2 sides, one side has a NYC deli/diner feel, while the other has a cozy booths and tables feel. DKs is definitely a casual joint, a place to meet after the game and have a few beers or bring the whole family.
This is a true burger joint, kind of. Dick’s Kitchen is all about burgers, but healthy burgers. We, know, we too, were skeptical. But really, these guys have pulled it off. Between us we sampled the classic burger, the lamb burger special and the buffalo bob burger. Our burgers were served on house made, dairy-free, potato buns, that were the right size, not too big or too small. Burgers come with the basic fixins of lettuce, tomato, red onion and special sauce.
The burgers came with pickles and coleslaw, which was fine, but a little unnecessary. We ordered the “not-fries”, air baked potatoes served with house made ketchup and our choice of additional dipping sauce. We chose Wasabi Aioli, which was so very tasty, as were the fries. We’re pretty serious about our fries, and while we like them firm and crispy, these did not disappoint. We definitely did not feel like we were compromising taste for healthy with these fries. Not sure if they’re crave worthy like the Bima fries of days gone by, but the wasabi aioli, definitely crave worthy.
In addition to our burger, coleslaw and our “not-fries” we had some sides, all of which are vegan and some salads, standouts of which were the Mixed Greens Salad and the Dinosaur Kale Chop.
Their drink menu is great too. They have the requisite micro beer and local wine choices, but a killer cocktail menu to boot! Loved the jalepeño spiced margarita! They even have spiked milk shakes that we’ll have to try next time.
At DKs there is no lack of items to choose from, whether it’s dipping sauces, sides, beverages or types of burgers. They even have a gluten free bun and salmon, turkey and even BBQ tempeh burger options. When it comes to burgers, we don’t really think of eating healthy, It’s an extravagance that we indulge in once a month or so. DK’s really pulls off the healthy burger joint and does it well!
You can have your burger and eat it too!
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