Friday, May 21, 2010

One more reason to love Burgerville!

A few months ago Mike and I went to Burgerville in the Lloyd District before the Elton John-Billy Joel concert, and when we received our receipt for our dinner, we noticed that it had all the nutritional information about our food items.

Mike has a weakness for Burgerville shakes. (Or any shakes, for that matter, but Burgerville's are made with real ice cream and are tasty and thick.) His receipt informed him that his cherry chocolate milkshake had 750 calories and 35 grams of fat, but if he had ordered the cherry chocolate smoothie, he could have saved 340 calories and 35 grams of fat.

While Mike was horrified (ignorance is bliss), I was delighted with this information--not that Mike had ordered a fattening shake, but that Burgerville was educating consumers about nutrition. Of course it was easy for me to feel self-righteous with my turkey burger and diet coke. Good for me to know, too, that my beloved turkey burger is 520 calories. (Not exactly a diet food, but I do love those turkey burgers--and now try to remember to ask for one with a multi-grain bun to boost the nutritional quotient.)

Now Burgerville has started using this cash receipt technology in all of its stores, according to this article in the Portland Tribune. Once ahead, this locally owned, sustainable fast food restaurant is ahead of the curve. (They also switched to biodegradeable cups, lids, straws, etc., and replaced their garbage cans with recycling bins earlier this year.) Go, Burgerville!

Finally, one more reason to love Burgerville: their gender-neutral, often environmentally sustainable kids' meal toys, such as seeds and pots, plates or bowls, or coloring books and crayons.

I'm trying not to eat fried food any more...but I do love those sweet potato fries!!

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