Bo & Vine Burger Bar, which opened in downtown Corvallis in late October, brings a foodie approach to the all-American fare, with grass-fed Angus beef, Tillamook cheese and local produce.
“People for sure like to know where their food is coming from,” said Matt Adams, owner.
So far, business has been going well for the restaurant, which has about 10 specialty burgers, as well as chicken sandwiches, sandwiches and "piles" — French fries loaded with toppings.
Customers also can build their own burgers at Bo & Vine.
“I’m a firm believer in doing one product really well. Stick to what you know. I know burgers,” Adams said.
So far, the most popular burger in Corvallis is the Pitmaster, a traditional barbecue burger loaded with bacon, ham, onion strings and Tillamook cheddar.
“You get big guys all the time who come in here and devour that monstrosity,” Adams said.
Another of the attractions for the restaurant is that it offers 20 dipping sauces. “We don’t limit anyone on how many they can have,” Adams said.
Adams’ parents own Adam’s Ribs Smokehouse in Salem, and Bo & Vine serves that establishment’s barbecue sauce. That’s probably the most popular dipping sauce, along with the cherry habanero, Adams said.
“Some of these, we mix right in front of people,” Adams added.
Vegans and vegetarians can try a sweet potato and black bean burger. For vegetarians, there’s also the new Impossible Patty, a meat substitute that mimics the texture of ground beef. “It’s actually confusing people. They’ll send it back thinking it’s meat,” Adams said.
Bo & Vine offers beer and wine, milkshakes and Jones Soda Co. fountain drinks, made with real cane sugar.
The first Bo & Vine restaurant opened in Salem in 2017, and sprang out of a popular food cart that Adams operated, the Patty Wagon.
The brick-and-mortar restaurant had an overwhelming response. With a similar reception in Corvallis, Adams said that he and his fellow owners, his father Mike Adams and business partner Brian Kaufman, are looking to expand with a third location.
Kara Brausen, who has a small tax firm in Corvallis, was having a burger on a recent afternoon at Bo & Vine.
“They have this lunch special that’s really good,” she said, mentioning how she could get a burger, fries and a soda for $10.50.
Brausen liked that people could take their children to the informal setting at Bo & Vine, but still get great food.
“They found their niche,” she said.
Bo & Vine Burger Bar, 110 NW Third St., is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Monday through Saturday. For more information, go to boandvine.com.