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Beaverton, OR – Pepita’s Mexican (Review)


Pepita’s is one of our little go to places for pretty good Mexican. Mrs. Burgerdogboy like their fairly authentic (as least as far as Los Angeles type Mexican) shrimp cocktail. My choices vary, and this time I went with two soft beef tacos, which comes with sides of beans and rice.

The place is clean, and service is usually prompt. We recommend.

Pepita's Mexican, Beaverton, OR

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Beaverton, OR – Canyon Grill


Canyon Grill

Canyon Grill

“Voted Best Burgers in Town!” the sign outside says. Doesn’t say by whom, or what town. I’ve driven by this place a million times, on Canyon Rd, or “Car Dealer Row”, or more appropriately these days, “Empty Car Dealer Buildings Row”, as quite a few are in the wind these days.

I first spotted the Canyon when I was at Chicago Windy City Hot Dogs for an Italian Beef. Regretfully, the Chicago spot has gone to hot dog heaven as well. Tough crowd, tough neighborhood.

The Canyon is one of those places where you immediately have the impression that they have been around forever, and always will be, attended to by some loyal family, generation 1 or 2. It’s neat inside, with a small seating area, but a large patio outdoors, with heaters in the winter. Basic condiments adorn each table, along with a small jar of free peanuts for noshing on while you are waiting for your order.

After I ordered and paid, I sat in the sun with the NY Times Saturday puzzle, munched a few peanuts, and wandered in after awhile, and was pleasantly told by the help that they would bring my burger out when it was ready. “It’s done when it’s done” said the cook, but with a smile. Kinda different from the gruff treatment one has come to expect at another local institution, Giant Drive-In, Lake O.

I said “no problem” and also smiled, to let them know I wasn’t being pushy or impatient, as Mrs. BDB says I am on occasion. I apparently get “the look.” In short order (get it?) my bacon cheeseburger and fries were delivered, the burger perched betwixt a soft kaiser, with shredded lettuce on both top and bottom, tomatoes on top, dill chips on the bottom.

Canyon Grill Bacon Cheeseburger

Canyon Grill Bacon Cheeseburgern short order (get it?) my bacon cheeseburger and fries were delivered, the burger perched betwixt a soft kaiser, with shredded lettuce on both top and bottom, tomatoes on top, dill chips on the bottom.

The fries were seasoned with a (house-made?) salt/pepper seasoning, with a bit of kick, reminiscent of Tony Chachere, but not – this had larger flakes of the spices. A lot of this seasoning ended up in the bottom of the basket, lowest layer of fries, and a few of them were kinda hot, but not in an offensive way. The shoestrings themselves were fried perfectly, in one of the “lighter” oils, and I suspect most burger boys would say are equal to McDonalds, the gold standard for many people.  Lagniappe:  they throw in a little ramekin of ranch for your fries.

The owner has chosen a high quality beef, and a bacon equal to it, as the (not frozen) patties are cooked to just south of medium, if you don’t specify.

It’s a good burger, and a good value. Worthy of a return trip for me, or a first trip, for you. He has weekend breakfasts, which if we have another nice Saturday, I think I’ll give a whirl as well.

Canyon Grill Portland

Canyon Grill Portland

Canyon Grill Bacon Cheeseburger

Canyon Grill Bacon Cheeseburger

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Beaverton, OR – Ringo’s Bar and Grill


ringo extWhen 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.”

ringo apps PNGAnd 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.

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