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pimiento cheese "Elvis" burger
(3312 SE Belmont St., 235-0146)
Dick's Kitchen (DK's) pimiento cheese "Elvis" burger, medium rare.
Vegans, look away.
This thing drips butter, gently melted pimiento cheese, and hot, rich burger juice down your elbow when you pick it up. Lick it. Take the first bite, feel the airy bun, toasted lightly on the insides, moistened by the butter and juice; it sticks to your lips. Feel the tenderness of that grass fed, Oregon beef under your teeth. The pimiento cheese will be making its appearance about now—some tang, some creaminess—proving texture can be just as important as flavor; its velvety, vaguely sweet smoothness helps the salty, earthy beef flavor along. A sliver of raw onion provides a crisp crunch on the far side of that first mouthful, freshness just noticeable enough to enhance the savory burger. House-made pickles adorn the plate as well, best as a vinegary in-between-bites foil to all that meaty lavishness. Gilding the lily: chipotle aioli on the side, spicy and sweet, lightly rosy and flecked with bits of pepper.
Enjoy, and eat a salad tomorrow.
Photo of Dick's Kitchen Elvis burger courtesy of Nick Zukin's portlandfood.org.