Beaverton, OR – Ringo’s Bar and Grill
When Mrs BDB says “it’s time for a cocktail”, one doesn’t argue – at least I don’t. I know better. I just slam the car into reverse or the nearest parking spot, as the case may be, and out we go. Today it was in beautiful (?) (sic) Beaverton, and the nearest purveyor of potables was a placed called “Ringo’s”, referred to at different places online as “Ringo’s Tavern,” or “Ringo’s Ale House.”
It should be called “Ringo’s Bar, Restaurant, Video Poker, Pool Table, and Wii Emporium,” cause that sums it up.
We were just gonna have a bump and maybe split an appy, but I looked at the menu, and there were interesting things afoot, so I declared “I’m getting a burger,” and Mrs. BDB said “I’m getting a martini.”
And so we did. She also ordered an appetizer sampler, whereby you can choose 3 fried thingies from a list of six and get a side of fries or tots on top. She went with fried shrimp, wings, and (drum roll) fried dill pickles, plus the side of tots for me.
The plate came with a side of ranch and a dollop of cocktail sauce, and we both pronounced the appetizers pretty darned ok. As you can see, one of the tots was so eager to swim in the Ranch, it jumped right in as soon as the plate was put in front of us.
I went with the “Everything But the Pool Table” burger, 1/3 pound of (fresh, never frozen) from local Fulton Meat. The buns across the street from Beaverton Bakery. Very nice buns. The toppings on the Everything burger were bacon, ham, swiss and american cheese, lettuce, tomato, and special sauce. I skipped the salad and the special sauce, and asked for mine with pickles and raw onion, yellow mustard on the side.
The pour condiments were “House” brand (Sysco) but good enough. The burger was more than OK, as well, I disassembled, as per usual, and ate it in pieces. I didn’t ask where the pickles were from, and should have. Nice crunch, nice dill, pickle chips (as opposed to the fried pickles, which were spears) (and yes fried pickles are nice, especially with the Ranch).
It’s not at all a spendy place, and they have a nice variety on the menu, typical American fare. Other patrons crowed about the broasted chicken.
Oh, what’s with the salad next to the burger you ask? Choice of sides was fries, tots, or salad. Since the app platter came w/ tots, i chose the salad so Mrs BDB could enjoy some rabbit food.