Mike's Drive-in Restaurant has two current locations in the suburbs of Portland. One is in Milwaukie and the other in Oregon City. It has another due to to open on May 23rd in Tigard. The closet one to me is in Milwaukie where I drive by it several times a week on my way here and there. I'd just come back from a dental check-up and passed Mike's on the drive home. It was noon and I was hungry so I decided to give it a try. While they have several seafood items on the menu which their website praises you can order all kinds of add-ons to a burger. I ordered a burger with fries so I could give it a fair taste test. I didn't ask for anything on it. It came with cheese, sauce, lettuce, pickles, and two slices of tomatoes. There's no plain unembellished burger on the menu. They gave me the deluxe cheeseburger. Perhaps next time I'll try their special half-pounder, although I am tempted to try other items on the menu, especially their fish and their pastrami sandwich.
Here's their menu.
While I brought my lunch home in an insulated bag even on a ten minute drive it needed to be warmed for a half minute in the microwave.
I can't say it was the best restaurant burger I've ever had. I'd give is a B plus, in other words, it was pretty damn good for a fast food, well reasonably fast, drive-in. It was fairly juicy and had a good burger flavor. The fries were above average.
Customers don't go through a drive-through in their cars. Rather they park and wait on a line and put in their order in person, or can do so on the phone, and wait for their number to be called on a loud speaker.
In the summer this Mike's location hosts several antique auto shows. Today I talked to two men who had a 1966 Chevy pick-up truck that they'd restored and were using for work. It is pictured below with ladders on top.
Here are some photos I took while waiting for my order:
What's a restaurant blog without some food photos? Here's my lunch at home.