The Tillamook Cheese’s Loaf Love Tour has hit the streets of Houston! Today kicks off the official Tillamook Burger Week. What does that mean for you? Well, you will have the opportunity to visit five restaurants in the Houston area to sample their take on some pretty amazing burger creations using the award-winning Tillamook Cheese. We don't know about you, but we are ready to go and check out each and every one of these burgers! The Tillamook Burger Week ends on Saturday, May 5th, so you have exactly one week to get your burger on! The Urban Swank Girls will be making our way to sample these unique burgers over the next 7 days and we will be reporting back to you daily. So stay tuned! Hey, a Burger a day keeps the cravings away!
Award winning Chef Bryan Caswell and Bill Floyd, owners of Little Bigs, are taking their famous food and adding some Tillamook. Little Bigs made Bon Appetit's List of Top 10 Best New Burger Spots in the US. For $2.50, you can sample The Hanging Slider (a Yeast bun, Tillamook Medium Cheddar and Caramelized Onion perfection).
Located in the Heights, you know BRC for fine all American food from Chef Lance Fegen and of course that Big Red Rooster. For $13, go and check out the unforgettable Tillamook Sharp Cheddar Chili Dog Burger (served with Sweet Jalapenos, Pickled Onions and Iceberg lettuce). They are also serving up some extra cheese love with their Tillamook Pepper Jack Pimento Cheese appetizer served with Warm Tortilla Strips; this is going for $9.
These guys aren’t called The Burger Guys for nothing. They are serious about burgers and seriously know how to make them delicious. The guys after our own hearts have come up with the Tillamook Betty (1/2 lb. Akaushi beef with Cinnamon Nutmeg Aioli, Bread and Butter Pickled Braeburn Apples, Arugula, and Tillamook Sharp Cheddar served on a Challah bun). This burger is going for $10. And on an unrelated note...if you are up for their food challenge, ask them about that as well! That is one hell of a burger challenge and don't take our word for it!
Chef Lance Fegen’s new venture is making a splash with top-notch comfort food. For Tillamook Burger Week and a whopping $18, you will not want to miss the uniqueness of The Rodeo Clown Reuben (combination of Brisket, Chicken Fried Steak, Hot Dog, Tillamook Sharp Cheddar, Tillamook Pepper Jack, Sweet Jalapenos, Malt Slaw, Tomato, Pickles, 1000 Island and Chile con Queso on Pumpernickel). And if you have any room left, go for the Maryland Blue Crab & Tillamook Pepper Jack Pimento Cheese Dip with Warm Tortilla Strips for $12.
This popular gastropub meets Texas ice house, famous for their cornmeal fried jalapenos, serves up some “dam good” food. For $13, Beaver’s presents the Tillamook Ice House Burger (made with Tillamook Pepper Jack Cheese, Beer Battered Pickled Onion Rings and Cornmeal Fried Jalapenos, topped with Beaver’s house-made BBQ sauce, served on locally made TX Toast). Oh yeah baby!
Tillamook’s Loaf Love Tour is the third annual cross-country event dedicated to “bringing tasty cheese to the people”. To see the tour’s full & detailed schedule of stops, please visit www.LoafLoveTour.com.
Photos and restaurant details were provided by Kelly Phelan.
~ Urban Swank