After doing a few reviews on other Burger joints in the surrounding areas and being invited to come do a review of The Original WOW Burger, I counted my calories for the day, and begged my husband to take me to The Original WOW burger, for lunch. WOW!! he said yes!
Being a self-proclaimed restaurant critic, I have my radars on the second I walk in the door and WOW I open the door and am greeted with SPAM cans on the shelf. I can’t remember one person I have met except a missionary from the island of Papua New Guinea, that has actually said they liked SPAM, but I will proceed on and appreciate TOWB’s attempt to be different by embracing SPAM. The place itself has sort of an updated industrial feel, complete with giant circulating fans, plenty of seating and a counter that one can sit at and watch your “custom” burger be made.
Browsing the menu, there is an instant awkwardness of the awareness that the girl at the counter has a nice view up our noses, as we stare and ponder the menu above (Take a moment to tilt your head back and look at the ceiling.. now picture someone staring at you.. yep that’s the view.. poor girl).
After figuring out the system, I pick the patty size and then see that beyond the tomatoes, onions, lettuce, and special WOW sauce, the rest of the toppings to customize your burger are extra. TOWB Burger also uses hormone free meat (not sure about that Spam). When trying a new Burger joint, I like to just get the original to see what it all started with.. add the cheese and of course fries are a big part of this burger equation.
We pick our spot, wait for about 10 minutes and are presented with this HUGE burger. Honestly, the bun was the size of a small bread plate. TOWB prides themselves in their fresh daily homemade buns which my first bite was quite impressive! I think I even said “WOW this bun is amazing”. The french fries were delicious, perfect in shape, crisp and size. I could put away a couple pounds of those fries alone. The burger itself was really tasty, not a lot of zip but a good comparison to your favorite neighbor's BBQ backyard burger, and the “WOW” sauce was a good touch but it seemed a little light on the application. The only thing I wish I would have done was split the burger with my husband, because it was really big! Days later I was still thinking “WOW” that burger is still sitting there…hence the name? I’m sure the entire Wildcat Football team will be loading up on these beasts of a burger next fall.. at least the linemen for sure.I admire the fact that the guy who started this joint followed his on passion about finding the perfect burger and see on the website that there are other WOW Burgers opening soon in Vancouver, WA and at the Portland Airport at Cascade Station, which is a great location!
On our way out, and while unbuttoning the top button of our jeans wishing we would have wore stretch knit, we notice that there are clip boards hanging on the walls with order forms! Perhaps the girl at the counter complained enough about nostrils. Head over to WB's webiste for more info and feel free to comment below on your experience!