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COQUILLE — Have you ever been so full after a meal that it was hard to walk.

I'm so full right now, it's hard to type, and I'm already sitting down.

World Sports Editor John Gunther has been trying to find a good time to get me to go to Devils Kitchen in Coquille for a while now.

We went on Monday. I may be full until sometime on Tuesday.

Let me explain.

Sometimes I take challenges/dares to heart. So if you say you have "all you can eat shrimp," like some big chain restaurants do, I take that as a challenge just to see how many I can actually eat. I think my brothers and I may have bankrupted a few buffets during our youth.

So after going through the burger section of the Devils Kitchen menu, there's this lower section with burgers big enough for an entire family to share. Just above these burgers was the 'dare' to see if you could eat the whole thing.

Challenge accepted.

I ordered the Meat Lovers Burger, which comes with two patties, barbecued beef, bacon, cheese, lettuce and tomato. John, obviously not wanting to feel left out, ordered the Giant bacon cheeseburger, which comes with a half-pound burger and and just about as many veggies on a 'giant' bun.

After ordering, there is plenty of time to look around. The Devils Kitchen is located in the old A&W building.  John said it was A&W all during his high school years.

"My memories of A&W was that they gave out free root beers for A's on report cards," he said. "I got a lot of free root beers."

Then you notice all the movie and music posters on the ceiling. There's Humphey Bogart and John Wayne, Star Trek and The Beatles. We started going over the movie posters and see how many of them we've seen. It was about 50-50.

This was a very good burger. Huge, but very good. As you can see from the photo, this burger is large — just to give you an idea of scale, I could palm a basketball in my younger years.

From the bottom, up, this burger goes: bun, patty, barbecue beef, second patty, bacon, cheese, lettuce, tomato, mayo and top bun.


John's burger came on a bun that you could play disc golf with.

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John also noted that each of us was reaching for a napkin after just one bite.

"That was good beef," John said. "The sauce was good. This was a good burger. Plenty of veggies."

This is one of those places you go to for the food. It's an old-time facility that probably hasn't changed much over the years. There are four booths with red seats, five tables for four, two tables for two and counter seating for 10 more.

Cost for two burgers, an iced tea and a diet soda came to $25.75.

Bring your appetite if you plan to challenge one of these burgers.

That or bring a wheelbarrow to ride out in.

Devils's Kitchen is open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. seven days a week.