New Brooklyn café offers plant-based burgers
"Oscar's Burgers" has opened at 3200 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue in Brooklyn, on the corner spot across from Brooklyn Park which formerly was home to Sanborn's Restaurant. But the hamburgers are not what you might find elsewhere – they are made with a plant-based meat substitute. They are served with fries, which of course are naturally plant-based.
Charles Barker and his family are proud owners, and as you might guess, the most frequent question they get is "how do they taste?" Their first answer is to try one and see; they're confident that, once you taste them, you'll be back.
Barker is a Portland area native, and a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America – he's had 30 years' experience in the food industry. He explains that after observing local effects of climate change, he wanted to develop a more climate-friendly restaurant. "I decided to partner with 'Impossible Foods', whose plant-based burger patties are made using 96% less land and 87% less water than cows, while producing 89% less greenhouse gases. But they also taste great!"
Charles' daughter Chloe helped develop the concept, the menu, and the artwork for the business, while continuing to attend online college classes. His son Oscar, after whom the business is named, serves as cook and menu-tester – promising "a plant-based burger meal that aims to satisfy". The hamburgers can be enhanced with plant-based cheese or bacon, onions, and jalapeños. The café also offer either shoestring fries or sweet potato fries, and a variety of Blue Sky sodas.
"We're now open five days a week for on-line ordering (see www.oscarsburgers.com), and we currently offer delivery or curbside pickup," says Barker. The doors are open Wednesday through Friday afternoons, 5 to 8 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from noon until 8 p.m.
You can order at 503/922-7292, or online – www.oscarsburgers.com
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