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A cheeseburger from Mike’s Drive In
Rachel Pinsky

12 Portland-Area (and Road-Trip-Worthy) Drive-Ins for Beefy Burgers and Swirls of Ice Cream

Local burger joints, Gorge destinations, and everything in between

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A cheeseburger from Mike’s Drive In
| Rachel Pinsky

Drive-in burger spots first appeared in the United States in the 1930s. By the mid-1960s, almost every town in the country had a place to eat greasy burgers and show off large automobiles. Orders were made through a speaker system. Car-hops walked or roller-skated to diners waiting in their cars while balancing trays filled with burgers, fries, and shakes.

Decades later, many drive-in burger places persist throughout the Portland area, as well as popular road trip routes like the Oregon Coast and the Columbia River Gorge. While true car-hops are few and far between, these car-culture-inspired places create the perfect place for a socially-distanced meal. An enclosed vehicle provides a safe and inexpensive way to eat restaurant food the way it was intended: right out of the kitchen.

To qualify for this map, a spot must have a drive-in feel achieved by age or by paying homage to the old drive-ins, with nearby parking for a car-side meal. This map includes restaurants with griddles that have seared burgers since the Eisenhower administration, as well as brand new drive-ins catering to Instagram users with towering multi-colored sundaes. Even if car-hops aren’t involved, drive-thru and walk-up windows make this classic model even more COVID-era friendly. Long story short, a place to eat greasy food in a car, a small comfort in the Pacific Northwestern rain and seemingly never-ending pandemic.

The majority of these places serve classic American quarter-pound burgers, accompanied by crispy French fries and thick, creamy shakes. These burgers come hot off a griddle, topped with lettuce, tomato, pickles, and a mayo-based sauce then placed in a soft, squishy bun. For more options for burgers, try this map, and for more places to eat in the Columbia River Gorge, there’s this guide.

A number of Portland restaurants have resumed dine-in service. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the Oregon Health Authority’s COVID update page. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Top Burger Drive In

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1436 NE Everett St
Camas, WA 98607
(360) 834-3867
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This burger hut serves old-school burgers, fries, and shakes made with milk and ice cream from Umpqua and Tillamook dairy. Shake flavors range from salted caramel to lavender. Fries come seasoned with Top Burger’s secret spice blend — a tasty mix of sweet, spice, and salt with a hint of barbecue. COVID-19 precautions are taken seriously here: only two people are allowed in the restaurant at a time to order. After ordering, customers wait in their car for food to be delivered. Top Burger sits right next to Crown Park, a grassy neighborhood park with picnic benches, a sheltered picnic area, and a playground.

2. K&M Drive-In

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3414 NE 3rd Ave
Camas, WA 98607
(360) 210-5803
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Opened in 2013, K & M Drive-In pays tribute to the classic drive-in while updating some of the old traditions. Burgers are grilled on a gas-fired grill, instead of a griddle, giving them a smoky char. Hand-cut, Kennebec potato fries come sprinkled with just the right amount of salt. Hand-scooped milkshakes arrive topped with fresh whipped cream. Locals often grab meals here before heading to nearby outdoor spots like Cottonwood Beach and the Washougal Waterfront Park & Trail. K&M includes a drive-thru window, as well.

3. Sugarpine Drive-In

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1208 E Historic Columbia River Hwy
Troutdale, OR 97060
(503) 665-6558
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Sugarpine updates the drive-thru concept for the Instagram generation, serving pic-worthy, fresh, delicious food in the Lewis and Clark State Recreation Site on the banks of the Sandy River. Photos of colorful salads with a rainbow of fresh vegetables, thickly stacked sandwiches like Kalua pulled pork with annatto aioli, and towering sundaes swirled with fresh sauces and chunks of pastries appear on the social media sites of Portland’s most trusted food aficionados. Just a short drive from Portland, this spot provides an idyllic setting to enjoy the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest while housing carefully prepared food that hits that sweet spot of comforting and veg-heavy. Sugarpine has a socially-distanced walk up window along with an ample parking lot and lots of picnic tables.

The Larch Mountain sundae at Sugarpine Drive In
Rachel Pinsky

4. Dea's In & Out

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755 NE Burnside Rd
Gresham, OR 97030
(503) 665-3439
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The Sparks family has served their signature longburgers at this Gresham institution since the 1950s. These long rectangular beef patties, charred on a screaming hot griddle and placed on Dea’s own fresh-baked buns, are topped with the classic mix of shredded lettuce, tomato slices, pickles, and Russian dressing. They come wrapped in paper and placed in a bag for easy car eating. Dea’s has a drive-thru window, for ease of order.

Longburger at Dea’s In & Out
Rachel Pinsky

5. Mike's Drive-In

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3045 SE Harrison St
Milwaukie, OR 97222
(503) 654-0131
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Mike’s celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year. This Milwaukie institution withstood the test of time by giving people what they want: made-to-order drive-in fare and a spacious parking and picnic area to eat it while it’s still hot. Unlike most classic burgers, Mike’s still has a blush of pink in the middle, leaving a bit of tenderness to the patty. Fries can be upgraded from regular shoestring fries to plank fries for $0.75; those thick, flat slabs of potato are fried until the center is soft and creamy and the outside crisp, topped with sea salt and garlic salt. Each meal takes a minimum of ten minutes to cook, so prepare to wait or order ahead by phone. Mike’s has a walk-up window, a large parking area, and a spacious picnic area.

Cheeseburger, fried pickles, and plank fries at Mike’s Drive-In
Rachel Pinsky

6. Skyline Restaurant

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1313 NW Skyline Blvd
Portland, OR 97229
(503) 292-6727
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Driving up Skyline Boulevard from Portland, to get to this James Beard-approved burger joint in the sky, presents a curvy adventure. The shop, wedged into the intersection of Skyline Boulevard and Cornell Road, is a historic spot for classic burgers, fries, and shakes. Despite limited space, Skyline has a nice outdoor area with picnic tables, where the speaker plays mellow classic rock and orders are announced over the rush of cars and trucks driving on the roads that curve around the restaurant.

7. Don & Jo's Drive-In

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21903 NE 10th Ave
Ridgefield, WA 98642
(360) 887-8111
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Just off I-5 near Ridgefield, Don & Jo’s has served classic burgers, fries, and shakes since 1968. Orders can be placed by phone to avoid waiting in the long drive-thru line, though the wait can be substantial regardless. Highlights include quarter-pound burgers, crinkle-cut fries, and thick shakes; the chocolate raspberry shake is Don & Jo’s most popular choice from a long list that includes Reese’s, root beer, pineapple, and butterscotch. Don & Jo’s is currently serving through their drive-thru only.

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8. Giant Drive-In

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15840 Boones Ferry Rd
Lake Oswego, OR 97035
(503) 636-0255

Giant Drive-In, in Lake Oswego, serves classic burgers with a multitude of toppings out of an A-frame burger shack off Boones Ferry Road. The extensive burger menu ranges from the standard quarter-pound burger to a massive creation called The Filler: bacon, cheese, ham, two burger patties, egg, lettuce, tomato, pickles, and sauce teetering between two soft burger buns. Giant accepts cash only.

9. Roake's

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18109 SE McLoughlin Blvd
Milwaukie, OR 97267
(503) 654-7075
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Like all the other spots on this map, Roake’s sells classic burgers, but hot dogs are the primary focus. The footlong Coney hot dog comes slathered in Coney sauce (not chili), sprinkled with onions, and squirted with yellow mustard tastes like the Coney Island hot dogs served for decades. The Coney sauce recipe, made daily and served here for decades, remains top secret. The Roake’s team peels potatoes for fries with just strips of potato skin intact, deep frying them until crisp and golden. Roake’s has a walk-up window for ordering, a good size parking lot, and some picnic tables.

Coney Island hot dog and fries from Roake’s
Rachel Pinsky

10. Twin Peaks

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1734 Tucker Rd
Hood River, OR 97031
(541) 386-4460
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Twin Peaks Drive-In, in Hood River, has served fresh burgers, a variety of fries, and creamy shakes out of a rustic wood shack since 1950s. Every morning, cooks hand-form fresh meat patties for its juicy burgers, with toppings like the mushroom Swiss burger, the jalapeño burger, and the barbecue-inspired Austin burger. On a clear day, customers on the outdoor patio can see Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams. Orders can be made ahead online or by phone. Twin Peaks has a drive-thru and a walk-up window.

11. Eastwind Drive-In

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395 Wa Na Pa St
Cascade Locks, OR 97014
(541) 374-8380
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This Cascade Locks burger and ice cream hut draws long lines of people seeking their towering cones of vanilla soft-serve swirled with eight different flavor choices including strawberry, butterscotch, and butter pecan. These gigantic creations, along with East Wind’s classic burgers and fries, are popular with hikers from the nearby Pacific Crest Trail and locals. Eastwind has a drive-thru window, as well.

12. Shake N Burger

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63023 US-101
Coos Bay, OR 97420
(541) 808-9013

The burgers come quick-seared and juicy at this Coos Bay spot. Juicy Lucy burgers, a Minneapolis specialty comprised of two beef patties pushed together with cheese melted inside, are on the extensive burger menu. Shake N Burger’s twisted fries are topped with choice of black pepper and garlic, ranch, or traditional fries seasoning. Old fashioned, hand-dipped shakes, in three flavors (chocolate, strawberry, or vanilla), arrive topped with whipped cream and a cherry. Shake N Burger has a drive-thru window.

1. Top Burger Drive In

1436 NE Everett St, Camas, WA 98607

This burger hut serves old-school burgers, fries, and shakes made with milk and ice cream from Umpqua and Tillamook dairy. Shake flavors range from salted caramel to lavender. Fries come seasoned with Top Burger’s secret spice blend — a tasty mix of sweet, spice, and salt with a hint of barbecue. COVID-19 precautions are taken seriously here: only two people are allowed in the restaurant at a time to order. After ordering, customers wait in their car for food to be delivered. Top Burger sits right next to Crown Park, a grassy neighborhood park with picnic benches, a sheltered picnic area, and a playground.

1436 NE Everett St
Camas, WA 98607

2. K&M Drive-In

3414 NE 3rd Ave, Camas, WA 98607

Opened in 2013, K & M Drive-In pays tribute to the classic drive-in while updating some of the old traditions. Burgers are grilled on a gas-fired grill, instead of a griddle, giving them a smoky char. Hand-cut, Kennebec potato fries come sprinkled with just the right amount of salt. Hand-scooped milkshakes arrive topped with fresh whipped cream. Locals often grab meals here before heading to nearby outdoor spots like Cottonwood Beach and the Washougal Waterfront Park & Trail. K&M includes a drive-thru window, as well.

3414 NE 3rd Ave
Camas, WA 98607

3. Sugarpine Drive-In

1208 E Historic Columbia River Hwy, Troutdale, OR 97060
The Larch Mountain sundae at Sugarpine Drive In
Rachel Pinsky

Sugarpine updates the drive-thru concept for the Instagram generation, serving pic-worthy, fresh, delicious food in the Lewis and Clark State Recreation Site on the banks of the Sandy River. Photos of colorful salads with a rainbow of fresh vegetables, thickly stacked sandwiches like Kalua pulled pork with annatto aioli, and towering sundaes swirled with fresh sauces and chunks of pastries appear on the social media sites of Portland’s most trusted food aficionados. Just a short drive from Portland, this spot provides an idyllic setting to enjoy the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest while housing carefully prepared food that hits that sweet spot of comforting and veg-heavy. Sugarpine has a socially-distanced walk up window along with an ample parking lot and lots of picnic tables.

1208 E Historic Columbia River Hwy
Troutdale, OR 97060

4. Dea's In & Out

755 NE Burnside Rd, Gresham, OR 97030
Longburger at Dea’s In & Out
Rachel Pinsky

The Sparks family has served their signature longburgers at this Gresham institution since the 1950s. These long rectangular beef patties, charred on a screaming hot griddle and placed on Dea’s own fresh-baked buns, are topped with the classic mix of shredded lettuce, tomato slices, pickles, and Russian dressing. They come wrapped in paper and placed in a bag for easy car eating. Dea’s has a drive-thru window, for ease of order.

755 NE Burnside Rd
Gresham, OR 97030

5. Mike's Drive-In

3045 SE Harrison St, Milwaukie, OR 97222
Cheeseburger, fried pickles, and plank fries at Mike’s Drive-In
Rachel Pinsky

Mike’s celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year. This Milwaukie institution withstood the test of time by giving people what they want: made-to-order drive-in fare and a spacious parking and picnic area to eat it while it’s still hot. Unlike most classic burgers, Mike’s still has a blush of pink in the middle, leaving a bit of tenderness to the patty. Fries can be upgraded from regular shoestring fries to plank fries for $0.75; those thick, flat slabs of potato are fried until the center is soft and creamy and the outside crisp, topped with sea salt and garlic salt. Each meal takes a minimum of ten minutes to cook, so prepare to wait or order ahead by phone. Mike’s has a walk-up window, a large parking area, and a spacious picnic area.

3045 SE Harrison St
Milwaukie, OR 97222

6. Skyline Restaurant

1313 NW Skyline Blvd, Portland, OR 97229

Driving up Skyline Boulevard from Portland, to get to this James Beard-approved burger joint in the sky, presents a curvy adventure. The shop, wedged into the intersection of Skyline Boulevard and Cornell Road, is a historic spot for classic burgers, fries, and shakes. Despite limited space, Skyline has a nice outdoor area with picnic tables, where the speaker plays mellow classic rock and orders are announced over the rush of cars and trucks driving on the roads that curve around the restaurant.

1313 NW Skyline Blvd
Portland, OR 97229

7. Don & Jo's Drive-In

21903 NE 10th Ave, Ridgefield, WA 98642
Don & Jo’s sign
Rachel Pinsky

Just off I-5 near Ridgefield, Don & Jo’s has served classic burgers, fries, and shakes since 1968. Orders can be placed by phone to avoid waiting in the long drive-thru line, though the wait can be substantial regardless. Highlights include quarter-pound burgers, crinkle-cut fries, and thick shakes; the chocolate raspberry shake is Don & Jo’s most popular choice from a long list that includes Reese’s, root beer, pineapple, and butterscotch. Don & Jo’s is currently serving through their drive-thru only.

21903 NE 10th Ave
Ridgefield, WA 98642

8. Giant Drive-In

15840 Boones Ferry Rd, Lake Oswego, OR 97035

Giant Drive-In, in Lake Oswego, serves classic burgers with a multitude of toppings out of an A-frame burger shack off Boones Ferry Road. The extensive burger menu ranges from the standard quarter-pound burger to a massive creation called The Filler: bacon, cheese, ham, two burger patties, egg, lettuce, tomato, pickles, and sauce teetering between two soft burger buns. Giant accepts cash only.

15840 Boones Ferry Rd
Lake Oswego, OR 97035

9. Roake's

18109 SE McLoughlin Blvd, Milwaukie, OR 97267
Coney Island hot dog and fries from Roake’s
Rachel Pinsky

Like all the other spots on this map, Roake’s sells classic burgers, but hot dogs are the primary focus. The footlong Coney hot dog comes slathered in Coney sauce (not chili), sprinkled with onions, and squirted with yellow mustard tastes like the Coney Island hot dogs served for decades. The Coney sauce recipe, made daily and served here for decades, remains top secret. The Roake’s team peels potatoes for fries with just strips of potato skin intact, deep frying them until crisp and golden. Roake’s has a walk-up window for ordering, a good size parking lot, and some picnic tables.

18109 SE McLoughlin Blvd
Milwaukie, OR 97267

10. Twin Peaks

1734 Tucker Rd, Hood River, OR 97031

Twin Peaks Drive-In, in Hood River, has served fresh burgers, a variety of fries, and creamy shakes out of a rustic wood shack since 1950s. Every morning, cooks hand-form fresh meat patties for its juicy burgers, with toppings like the mushroom Swiss burger, the jalapeño burger, and the barbecue-inspired Austin burger. On a clear day, customers on the outdoor patio can see Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams. Orders can be made ahead online or by phone. Twin Peaks has a drive-thru and a walk-up window.

1734 Tucker Rd
Hood River, OR 97031

11. Eastwind Drive-In

395 Wa Na Pa St, Cascade Locks, OR 97014

This Cascade Locks burger and ice cream hut draws long lines of people seeking their towering cones of vanilla soft-serve swirled with eight different flavor choices including strawberry, butterscotch, and butter pecan. These gigantic creations, along with East Wind’s classic burgers and fries, are popular with hikers from the nearby Pacific Crest Trail and locals. Eastwind has a drive-thru window, as well.

395 Wa Na Pa St
Cascade Locks, OR 97014

12. Shake N Burger

63023 US-101, Coos Bay, OR 97420

The burgers come quick-seared and juicy at this Coos Bay spot. Juicy Lucy burgers, a Minneapolis specialty comprised of two beef patties pushed together with cheese melted inside, are on the extensive burger menu. Shake N Burger’s twisted fries are topped with choice of black pepper and garlic, ranch, or traditional fries seasoning. Old fashioned, hand-dipped shakes, in three flavors (chocolate, strawberry, or vanilla), arrive topped with whipped cream and a cherry. Shake N Burger has a drive-thru window.

63023 US-101
Coos Bay, OR 97420

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