LISTEN. Let me start of by saying I am a meat eater and have been all my life.
When given the opportunity to try something new though, I will not bat an eye and take it on.
This was the case with Next Level Burger. Only one other time I have gone and eaten at a Vegan restaurant and was so surprised that I was so closed minded about my eating habits (meat in particular). When walking into Next Level Burger on Hawthorne, you are greeted by very friendly and casual Portlanders, just how it should be.
The restaurant itself is a “order at the counter and seat yourself” which has become the new normal for the best restaurants in town. The menu is pretty vast for a vegan specialty place, with burgers, hot dogs, vegan sausage, fries and even MILKSHAKES. Let me tell you, the milkshake list went on and on with flavors and tastes you can’t pass up. The drink menu itself is loaded with Tea, Lemonade and organic soft drinks like Kombucha. I sat in awe at the counter as I was not sure where I wanted to start ordering and how I wanted to end. My SO knew exactly what he wanted and I just picked the first burger on the menu “Special Sauce” with a side of baked crinkle fries.
I was sitting there a bit wondrous of what I was about to consume, the burgers come on cute little platers and the fries in their own little basket with side of ketchup in a saucer. I have never had a vegan burger patty let alone vegan cheese, but this burger looked AMAZING. So well put together with lettuce, tomato, cheese, onion and patty on a whole wheat bun.
The whole burger was fantastic, my first bite and I knew I loved it. The sauce was amazing and patty not dry or wet, just perfect. I sat looking at my bit into burger and examined the contents, everything so fresh and delicious, I am ashamed I haven’t tried it before.
I dug into the fries and greatly appreciate how they are baked with a crispy edge and soft center. Everything portioned perfectly so that there was enough to be filling but not enough to be wasted excessively. Sadly I enjoyed the food so much that I didn’t leave room for a shake, but they are hand made perfection as I watched them go out to other guests.
All in all, this delicious vegan shop is the place to go for any sort of eater, not just the vegan/vegetarians. I will be going back for my second day in a row, I must try the shakes.
Thank you Next Level Burger, we here at The Society Hotel will be referring our intrigued guests toward your special spot for some awesome and delectable eats.
Anthony at The Society Hotel.
- Barbara Gifford reviewed 3 years ago
My 18 year old granddaughter and I went to Next Level Burger on Sunday morning. She wanted breakfast and I wanted a hamburger. First of all the place is very charming and the customer service is spot on. I had the best hamburger and special fries that I have ever eaten and my granddaughter had the breakfast bowl which was out of this world. We actually split our meals so we could both enjoy some of each. I’m telling you, Next Level Burger will be getting our business from now on and we will be sending our Vegan friends there. You will want to try it out for yourselves so you can experience the goodness. Thank you for providing us with an excellent dining out experience with awesome food.
- Emily reviewed 3 years ago
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If you’re a non-vegan, this is the place to get your burger fix! I felt like I was a kid in a Toy Store, they had so many options to choose from. The food tastes amazing & it was hard not to order one of everything. The employees here are happy to answer questions about anything on the menu. The service was very helpful, friendly, and phenomenal. We were given some great suggestions & the shake we got was sinful. I would recommend trying this place at least once! I can’t wait to return & try more.