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Aug 7, 2006 04:31 AM

Golf Trip to Portland and Need Good Chow

We'll be staying in downtown Portland for a golf trip. What are some of the best burger places around the Portland area? If this helps, we plan to play Pumpkin Ridge, Camas Meadows, The Reserve, Langdon Farms, Heron Lakes and Stone Creek. What are some other good eats around these golf courses?

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  1. Wow, you're going to get around. Not sure if all of those are the courses I would pick, but you're going to see a lot of Portland Metro.

    Out Pumpkin Ridge and Reserve way, if you want a big old messy bar burger, try Helvetia Tavern. Not my style, but I can see the appeal. I had a friend who tried the Hall Street burger recently and liked it, but I haven't tried it.

    Camas Meadows is in my neighborhood. (I really don't think the course is worth it, but it's kept up nice and has a couple fun holes.) Roots is your closest good eats and has a decent burger.

    Near Heron Lakes you might think about going north to Vancouver and trying the burger at the Hilton. Not great, but worthwhile. (Note that these courses are the busiest in Portland and not kept up especially well -- the blue course moreso -- so plan on a 5 1/2 hour round; I actually have more fun on the green, but the blue has much better greens and is more challenging.) Alberta Street Oyster bar isn't toooo far from Heron Lakes, at least it's more northward than most places, and they have a tasty burger, although I wouldn't personaly order the fries which are of the dark brown and not too crisp variety. Personally, I'd go down Interstate to Fire on the Mountain and get some great hot wings.

    Langdon Farms isn't really close to anything. Good luck. I'd probably end up in Woodburn for Mexican or just come up to Portland. There is a place on 99W called Giant's or something like that that isn't a bad fast food style burger. At least their fixings bar is separate and has relatively fresh items.

    I haven't played Stone Creek and can't think of any good burgers in that area, but I haven't explored much down there.

    I've done a couple burger reports here and may have some new ones relatively soon, but not perhaps in time for your trip:

    If I were going to pick two burgers to try in town, I'd probably choose Cafe Castagna's, because it's a good burger with great fries, and Wildwood's, because it's both interesting and really tasty. Don't know what days you're coming, but on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Carlyle's burger is half price late and early in the evening. Bluehour also has a cheaply priced happy hour burger that is very good.

    I can't think of any inexpensive burgers in town that are worth going out of the way for. There are Burgervilles all over with acceptable burgers, especially if you get the special extras. The fries generally suck, though.

    I don't know where you're from, but if you get a chance to get to the coast, you must try to get down to Bandon Dunes and try their courses. Fantastic. Sandpines is also very nice. Salishan is good, too. Plenty of good places in Bend area, too.

    1. Extramsg,
      Thanks for your detailed response. That was the answer I was expecting out of 10 replies, but got it in one! Thanks a bunch. We are from the Bay Area. We tried for Bandon but they were booked pretty solid. We plan on playing 2 rounds a day thrs-sat. I'll jot down these burger places which will make for a good pit stop between rounds. Do you have any suggestions for must have dinners? We are pretty game in trying all cuisines. Thanks again for your response!

      1. Hmmm, I don't know if there's a restaurant in Portland that clearly stands out above all others. If you were from somewhere farther from the NW, I'd say hit Wildwood, Park Kitchen, or clarklewis for NW oriented foods. But Bay Area foods aren't that different. So it may be helpful if you have some preferences.

        Try to get to Apizza Scholls for some fantastic pizza. That's one place that might top what you have around you.

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        1. re: extramsg

          I think Simpatica is different...and certainly worth a visit.