Admittedly from the outside it doesn’t look like much. But inside is a nice clean family friendly restaurant offering burgers made from Painted Hills beef. Painted Hills is an excellent ranch in Eastern Oregon offering pastured raised, hormone, and antibiotic free beef.
I ordered the bacon cheeseburger and, aside from being a little dry, I thought it was pretty good. I liked that the fixings did not overwhelm the burger and I could still taste the meat. I think this place is a real neighborhood gem. The burger was $9 and included fries. They also offer some good craft beers on tap as well. I got the C-Note from Lompac Brewing, which is a very good Portland made Imperial IPA.
$9 for a bacon cheeseburger may seem like a steep price for a burger but considering the quality of the beef they are using it is a pretty good deal. This burger would easily cost you $12-$15 if you were eating it in the Pearl or most anywhere on the westside.
The restaurant itself is also a bit of a feel good story that you can read about here. Essentially, the place used to be a dive bar from hell and the owner decided that wasn’t working out and turned it into a burger joint. Next time you are in Northeast Portland I suggest checking it out.
Glisan Burger Barn and Grill
7901 NE Glisan St.