The Best I Ever Ate: hamburger edition (Cornucopia, Eugene)

by torontogirlwest on August 22, 2011

For me, traveling is intrinsically tied to food.

There’s no separating the two. What would a trip to Paris be without some fresh pastries? Or a sojourn in London without a spot of tea? Sure one could still enjoy those cities without partaking in their gastronomic delights but something would be missing . . . and your experience would be less rich as a result.

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It’s that fundamental belief that led me to Cornucopia, in search of Eugene’s bounties.

Happily, I discovered a quaint bar that was a stone’s throw from downtown. The kind of place with a distinct neighbourly feel that makes a girl want to stay a while.

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No sooner where we seated than the waiter came up to take our drink order. We chose beer of course. What else is one to have in a city known for their excellent micro-brews?!?

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I’m not much of a beer drinker but the Oakshire Reserve beer was fantastic. Citrusy, light, with a hint of a bitter after-taste.

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When my Cheezy American Burger arrived I came just shy of squealing with joy. The burger was juicy, the beef locally farmed, the toppings perfectly fresh, and the fries crispy and light.

I desperately wanted to finish my burger but I was defeated by its massive size.

Confession? While the Husband and I ate our burgers we repeatedly congratulated ourselves on “finding” Cornucopia. Of course, there have been others before us. There’s a reason their burgers are rated #1 in Eugene.

Bottom Line? I loved everything about Cornucopia. The atmosphere was light hearted and vibrant. The service was attentive and professional. The selection of brews on tap was outstanding. And the burgers are the best I’ve ever eaten in a restaurant.

If you find yourself anywhere near Eugene make sure to give Cornucopia a try. You can thank me later.

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Marianne August 23, 2011 at 1:16 am

I think I would go there based on the frog drinking wine on the menu alone. I’m kidding…kinda. Did they ask you how you wanted your burger done? Ordering burgers in the US kinda worries me, simply because I do not want to eat undercooked ground beef, no matter how organic and natural it is. I do love me a good burger though, so I will keep this is mind if I ever find myself in the area :) I’ll just pass on the beer.
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torontogirlwest August 23, 2011 at 8:46 pm

You know I don’t think they asked me how I wanted my burger . . . but it wasn’t red or anything. I honestly don’t think they had issues with food safety! :)

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Laura August 23, 2011 at 6:22 am

..now I want a burger. We have been toying with the idea of going to Oregon of late..this makes me want to go even more….
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torontogirlwest August 23, 2011 at 8:47 pm

If you go to Oregon definitely consider grabbing a bite at Cornucopia! We plan on making a Eugene pit stop (for the burger) whenever possible! :)

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kristen (inspiredbydooce) August 23, 2011 at 6:24 am

It is 8:20 am and I now really want a burger and a beer.
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torontogirlwest August 23, 2011 at 8:47 pm

Ahahahah – this cracked me up! :P

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Susan August 23, 2011 at 4:10 pm

Ohman, you know how much I 1) appreciate finding good restaurants and 2) a good burger!! I love your description of the place and the shots of the burger. Now if only I could just TASTE it!
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torontogirlwest August 23, 2011 at 8:48 pm

Oh Susan – you would LOVE it!!!!!! The bison burgers were good but these were out of this world!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Jenn (Cookies Cupcakes Cardio) August 25, 2011 at 11:21 pm

Holy crow that burger looks to die for! I know you said it was good, but the pictures of it are amazing!! I need one. Now.
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torontogirlwest August 29, 2011 at 9:42 pm

You and your beloved must simply plan a trip Oregon way! :)

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tylerv April 8, 2013 at 12:57 pm

Most overrated burger in town. Atmosphere is pretty good, but the burger is standard +pub fair. If you want the best burger in town, this is about #10-15 on the list. Marche blows this out of the water.

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torontogirlwest April 13, 2013 at 10:05 am

Next time, I will definitely head to Marche! Thanks for the heads up!

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