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more than just a burger

Runaway Kitchen Owners
Runaway Kitchen Salem Location

We (Jessy and Vinnie) started our food truck dreams in March of 2020 quite literally as the entire world was shutting down due to Covid-19. We come from a long line of entrepreneurs and lovers of food, but we'd never set foot in a professional kitchen of any kind, and, for some reason, we thought it was a great idea to open a food establishment!


We cobbled together every bit of savings we had to build our pride and joy or, as she's been lovingly named by a favorite little customer of ours, "Leaf." When we started Runaway Kitchen, the thought of it becoming such a deep-rooted passion never even crossed our minds (to be truthful with you, I don't even remember thinking anything other than "what did we just get ourselves into?"). The people we've met, sense of community we see each time we open the window, and getting to serve high-quality, fresh food at affordable prices has been truly life changing for us.


While we think we make a darn good smashburger, we're always striving to top what we thought was our best burger. With the smash of every patty, we want nothing less than a perfect maillard, gooey melty cheese, and a bun that's butter-toasted a beautiful golden brown. I'd go as far as saying we're obsessed with every element from how crispy the fries are to the way our burgers are wrapped in deli paper.

We take pride in truly going above and beyond to make your experience with Runaway Kitchen special. Through scratch making our beloved Runaway Sauce, hand selecting every single piece of produce, and house-grinding fresh chuck and brisket for our burgers, our goal is to offer the best smashburger in the Northwest. One (or both!) of us are always smashing burgers; stop in and say hi!

Now, nearly 3 years later, we get to share exciting news - with our trusty trailer now permanently located at our spot in Salem, we have another unit to hit the road in!

On board our new unit is two 3-foot griddles, an oven/stove, 4 additional feet of kitchen space, an 8-foot back porch, a full espresso bar, a dedicated space for desserts, and a 4-tap kegerator. We'll can now not only serve you with more efficiency (aka we can cook more orders at once, which means less wait time for you!) but offer special menu items on a more regular basis (think Vinnie’s [nearly] famous cubano, french dip sandwiches and maybe even the occasional breakfast!).


The part we’re most excited about is that, with the back porch, we’re able to expand our offerings to include a variety of draft beers, ciders, and house-made cocktails! 


We’re incredibly humbled that we outgrew our current trailer; our ability to expand is 100% because of all of you. Your support through bringing your friends and family, sharing our posts, and visiting us has never ceased to amaze us. That feeling we get when we’re slammin’ busy, cranking out food as quickly as we can, is nothing short of pure joy. Thank y’all a million times over - we're so excited to share this journey with you!

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