Doing the Unthinkable


This past weekend included the hottest day of the year in Portland. As a little treat after getting groceries, we stopped by our local Burgerville, an almost-but-not-quite fast-food restaurant that specializes in fresh, local and sustainable food. David chose a fresh blackberry Shake and I got my signature half hot fudge, half caramel sundae.

I don’t know what it is, but Burgerville’s ice cream is seriously delicious. So buttery and creamy. And their in-season strawberry shortcake? OMG. But what really shocked me about this visit was our receipt. I almost couldn’t believe my eyes. Printed on the receipt was the nutritional break down for each item, including the calories. What!? That’s unthinkable! Aren’t they afraid it will hurt business once people are faced with that kind of information? Apparently not. I even asked an employee if she thought it was hurting sales and she responded that people seem to really appreciate it. And I’ll admit, I think it’s pretty cool myself. It just seems so unheard of and progressive. Then I got to thinking – would this information stop me from placing an order (or alter my choice knowing that I could save myself 90 calories if I skipped the caramel)? Nah. Nor would I choose the less caloric frozen yogurt as suggested on the bottom of the receipt. But its a great option for those who are trying to make healthful and informed decisions.

I’d be curious what others think about this.

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4 thoughts on “Doing the Unthinkable

  1. I adore Burgerville even more now.

  2. I read this first thing this morning and have been thinking about it more. I would want the info BEFORE I order, but not after. What good is that? And it kinda takes the enjoyment away.
    Also, woohoo for Chloe pooping in the toilet. That’s awesome. Maybe she can come talk to Julia!!
    Have a great weekend!

  3. First of all – your caramel/hot fudge mix is my absolute favorite too!!! Secondly, so I wonder if the owners were raised in a religious environment because way to pour on the guilt!! j/k – sort of. I agree with Sarah in that I would like to have that kind of info BEFORE i order rather than after… I’m just impressed they even have that info ready for a consumer.

  4. I had the SAME THING happen to me this week. I don’t really eat fast food anyway, and the last time I had eaten there was a few years ago. My mom talked me into going for a veggie burger and I saw the receipt and freaked out!! Yeah, I’m not going back for a really long time.

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