Northeast Fremont burger joint has been perfecting the sandwich for 68 years.

JOHN VINCENTLong before trendy gourmet burger emporiums debuted across Portland, with each claiming to have the best burger in town, there were places like Stanich's on N.E .Fremont Street. It's a place with few pretensions, but a great sense of the Portland community.

About the only thing that's changed at Stanich's is the size of the egg on their signature burger. Over the years, it's gone from medium to jumbo. It was a seismic change when they started offering French fries in 1987, and until a few years ago it was heresy to ask for your burger to be cut in two. Now it's a bit more acceptable.

PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: JOHN M. VINCENT - Stanichs was a sports bar before sports bars were a thing. Its located on NE Fremont Street, and its open just five days per week -- Wednesday through Sunday. Its hours on Sundays are flexible, just in case a football game should go into overtime. There are, of course, other classic metro area burger joints, including the Helvetia Tavern, which has been around since 1922, Lake Grove's Giant Drive-In and Oak Grove's Tebo's, which sadly is set to close its doors in the coming months.

But Stanich's, "it's the best burger in town," says second-generation owner Steve Stanich without even a second of hesitation.

Others agree. Thrillist Media Group's Burger Quest listed Stanich's "Nick's" cheeseburger with grilled onions as one of their top 10 burgers in the country. They've been on AOL Cityguide's top 15 burgers in the country list, and through the years they've landed spots on local Portland media outlets' top burgers charts. They have a place in George Motz's book "Hamburger America," which showcases the best burger place in every state.

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