Bonding Over Fry Sauce

My two granddaughters live over 600 miles away. I miss them a lot but I try to make the best of the times when we are together. I especially like the times when I can have one-on-ones with each one of the girls.

Recently we were all together in Portland over the holidays. A good chance for a one-on-one with my oldest granddaughter, Q came when the rest of the gang wanted to go out for Indian food. Q and I are not fans of the stuff. Q, however, really likes a new burger place, so she and I were happy to have our own special lunch.

The restaurant is Little Big Burger. They have a simple menu of beef burgers, veggie burgers, fries, and drinks. The burgers are fresh made from local, grass-fed organic beef. They are served on brioche buns with all sorts of options. They are Delicious with a capital D.

What Q and I love best are their french fries and fry sauce. They come in a big greasy bag and they are very hot and crisp and so, so good. What is unique at Little Big Burger is what they call their fry sauce. The restaurant has deverloped their own recipe for catsup and they mix it with mayonaisse. Believe me, it’s really good.

They catsup is similar to regular tomato catsup only in that it has a tomato base. There is a nice sweetness, probably from honey, and a good hot zing to it, probably from Sriracha. Those two tastes take this catsup and thus the fry sauce into the Gourmet category. I followed Q’s lead and added even more catsup into my little tub of fry sauce. Perfect!

We sat in the window of this little burger joint and watched Portland’s fashion statement parade by. I had a chance to hear what’s happening in Q’s world and her opinions. By the time lunch was over our tummys were loaded, our mouths were mildly on fire, and our Nana/Q bond was re-sealed.


*Photo credit: Q took the picture you see here with her new  iPod Touch – the only thing she wanted for Christmas and birthdays for the next couple of years.

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16 Responses to Bonding Over Fry Sauce

  1. What a perfect way to bond! A good friend of mine in college was from the Netherlands and she dipped her fries in mayonnaise. My sister and her husband do that now. I’m a plain french fry girl, but would have to try that sauce. Little Big Burger sounds great to me! Q did a great job with the photo!

  2. Kaye,the sister, Cogdill says:

    As the MasterCard commercial says…”priceless”…. I am so glad you had a great time on your Nana/visit….my tummy is rumbling and my mouth is watering because the photo is excellent and realistic….more to come I am sure….bunches of love, kaye-the-sis

  3. Vicki says:

    Sounds like a great day! I’ve never heard of Little Big Burger, but we have a place here named Five Guys Burgers and Fries, and they do the same thing with their fries. They serve them in a brown paper lunch bag and it’s FULL!!
    Here’s My WC

  4. Elizabeth says:

    I would love to dip fries in that. Yummmm

  5. In college, I mixed mayo and ketchup for a sauce to make the mediocre fries and burger a bit better. This sounds like it really takes the concept to the next level!

    So great that you got a special time with your granddaughter.

  6. Carole says:

    Love the fry sauce – I do something similar for home made burgers. Have a good week.

  7. Rikki says:

    I love ketchup and mayo mix, so I would love that fry sauce. I want!

  8. Beth F says:

    I love the story as much as I love sound of that restaurant. I’m not a big mayonnaise fan, but I’m willing to try anything once.

  9. Always loved that one-on-one time with our grandkids. We spend more time near Portland than you do, but you find the best most fun restaurants….(though I love Indian food too).

  10. Now I’m hungry for french fries. Love the story and if we ever get up to Portland, will check the restaurant out.

  11. Fay says:

    It has been some time since we were in Portland, but I want to try that restaurant next time we go.

  12. Staci says:

    Would you think me a dork if I told you that I got a bit teary-eyed about the Nana/Q-bond resealed? I miss both of my Grandma’s and fondly recall the times when my Grandma Vyola would spend a whole day with just one grandkid at a time. It made me feel so special and we always ended our day with dinner. The hamburger place sounds amazing!!

  13. I love fries with sauce, especially something that is mayo-based. Glad you got to spend some time with your family while enjoying some great food!

  14. Cecelia says:

    Sounds like a lovely time! I’ve found several great burger places in my town, too – and when they make their own sauces, you know it’s going to be great.

  15. Ti says:

    I Googled the restaurant to see some pics of the food since their website is so sparse and let me tell you, my mouth was watering! Yummy! I’d have to skip the bun but it looks super yummy. And the fry sauce? Sounds really good.

  16. kelley says:

    fry sauce and hot fries–perfect combo when you are bonding with grandchildren 🙂

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