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Guidebook for Gresham

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Guidebook for Gresham

Parks & Nature
It's very close to us and is great for hiking and biking!
Springwater Trail Corridor
It's very close to us and is great for hiking and biking!
There are many hiking opportunities in the area surrounding Mt Hood, and it is gorgeous! In the summer, drive up to the Timberline Lodge, and you'll recognize the exterior of the hotel in The Shining.
Mount Hood Wilderness
There are many hiking opportunities in the area surrounding Mt Hood, and it is gorgeous! In the summer, drive up to the Timberline Lodge, and you'll recognize the exterior of the hotel in The Shining.
It's one of the tallest waterfalls in the US, and it's beautiful! Drive through the Columbia River Gorge to get there, and you'll see many waterfalls and opportunities for short hikes.
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马特诺玛瀑布
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It's one of the tallest waterfalls in the US, and it's beautiful! Drive through the Columbia River Gorge to get there, and you'll see many waterfalls and opportunities for short hikes.
Oxbow is a beautiful park located on the Sandy River. It has picnic areas, play structures, and hiking trails. If you get there early enough, you'll probably see some deer.
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Oxbow Regional Park
3010 Southeast Oxbow Parkway
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Oxbow is a beautiful park located on the Sandy River. It has picnic areas, play structures, and hiking trails. If you get there early enough, you'll probably see some deer.
Blue Lake is a family-oriented park, and you'll see a number of families gathering there. You can fish at the lake, picnic, play on the play structures, or bring a ball and enjoy the open meadows.
Blue Lake Regional Park
20500 NE Marine Dr
Blue Lake is a family-oriented park, and you'll see a number of families gathering there. You can fish at the lake, picnic, play on the play structures, or bring a ball and enjoy the open meadows.
This small, but lovely park is just across the road from downtown Gresham. You can get there by walking or biking the Springwater Trail, as well. It has a small Japanese garden with ducks and play structures for the kids.
Gresham City Park
81-123 S Main Ave
This small, but lovely park is just across the road from downtown Gresham. You can get there by walking or biking the Springwater Trail, as well. It has a small Japanese garden with ducks and play structures for the kids.
Gresham Butte is, well, a butte. Which is like a big hill. This one is covered with trails. You can climb to the top, which is easy enough that small kids can do it, and if it's clear, you'll be able to see Mt. St. Helens to the north, Mt. Adams to the northeast, and Mt. Hood to the east. Or you may see clouds. Either way, it's nice. Continue on and walk through the woods, where you may very well see some deer. Bring snacks and water. Little kids will poop out.
Gresham Butte
Gresham Butte is, well, a butte. Which is like a big hill. This one is covered with trails. You can climb to the top, which is easy enough that small kids can do it, and if it's clear, you'll be able to see Mt. St. Helens to the north, Mt. Adams to the northeast, and Mt. Hood to the east. Or you may see clouds. Either way, it's nice. Continue on and walk through the woods, where you may very well see some deer. Bring snacks and water. Little kids will poop out.
This privately owned park is just up the Hwy 26 past Sandy, on the right-hand side. (Look for the sign.) This park is ADA accessible if someone is in a chair. Many trails are paved and lead you along the river. In some spots, you can see the fish through glass windows (there's a huge sturgeon there). You can also picnic, play on play equipment, and there are courts and the like for sports. It's a fun day for the $5 entry fee.
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Wildwood Recreation Site
65670 US-26
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This privately owned park is just up the Hwy 26 past Sandy, on the right-hand side. (Look for the sign.) This park is ADA accessible if someone is in a chair. Many trails are paved and lead you along the river. In some spots, you can see the fish through glass windows (there's a huge sturgeon there). You can also picnic, play on play equipment, and there are courts and the like for sports. It's a fun day for the $5 entry fee.
Trillium Lake is near Mt. Hood, and it offers lovely views of the peak on sunny days. It's about a 2.5 mile hike, mostly level, which is perfect if you have kids. You can also picnic and go fishing.
Trillium Lake Trailhead
Trillium Lake is near Mt. Hood, and it offers lovely views of the peak on sunny days. It's about a 2.5 mile hike, mostly level, which is perfect if you have kids. You can also picnic and go fishing.
A 16-acre botanical garden nearby.
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利奇植物园
6704 Southeast 122nd Avenue
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A 16-acre botanical garden nearby.
A small park with trails and duck ponds, mostly consisting of very old rhododendrons of all varieties. As you might expect, it's at its best in April-May, when the rhodies are in bloom.
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水晶溪杜鹃花园
5801 SE 28th Ave
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A small park with trails and duck ponds, mostly consisting of very old rhododendrons of all varieties. As you might expect, it's at its best in April-May, when the rhodies are in bloom.
This cliffside Catholic sanctuary is known for its beautiful gardens and its Pieta replica. At Christmas time, they light it up in a spectacular display.
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石窟露天大教堂
8840 Northeast Skidmore Street
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This cliffside Catholic sanctuary is known for its beautiful gardens and its Pieta replica. At Christmas time, they light it up in a spectacular display.
This Chinese garden resides in old Chinatown in downtown Portland. It's an easy ride on the MAX. Inside the garden is a tea house, where you can order just about any tea you can imagine. Afterward, go to House of Louie for dim sum. If you're disabled, you can get into this garden, but you probably won't be able to walk through the whole thing. There are steps over the water features.
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Lan Su Chinese Garden
239 Northwest Everett Street
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This Chinese garden resides in old Chinatown in downtown Portland. It's an easy ride on the MAX. Inside the garden is a tea house, where you can order just about any tea you can imagine. Afterward, go to House of Louie for dim sum. If you're disabled, you can get into this garden, but you probably won't be able to walk through the whole thing. There are steps over the water features.
Located in west Portland's park area, this garden is definitely worth a look, but it isn't very accessible for disabled folks.
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波特兰日本庭园
611 Southwest Kingston Avenue
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Located in west Portland's park area, this garden is definitely worth a look, but it isn't very accessible for disabled folks.
There's a reason Portland is called the Rose City! This garden is best enjoyed in summer.
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International Rose Test Garden
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There's a reason Portland is called the Rose City! This garden is best enjoyed in summer.
Shopping
They sell more than produce! Food, art, gardening stuff, sometimes wine or craft beer, 18" doll clothes, that kind of thing. Open Saturdays from May through October. It's located in downtown Gresham, so you can also visit the cool restaurants and antique stores.
Gresham Farmers' Market
They sell more than produce! Food, art, gardening stuff, sometimes wine or craft beer, 18" doll clothes, that kind of thing. Open Saturdays from May through October. It's located in downtown Gresham, so you can also visit the cool restaurants and antique stores.
Only an hour away, the Fruit Loop is busy during the summer months. Buy produce, wool yarn, wine, etc. directly from the farms. It makes for a nice day's drive.
Fruit Loop
2665 Reed Rd
Only an hour away, the Fruit Loop is busy during the summer months. Buy produce, wool yarn, wine, etc. directly from the farms. It makes for a nice day's drive.
There are many great little shops in downtown Gresham, but this is one of my favorites. It's a charity that upcycles gently used donated goods, and I always find wonderful things here. Also, the prices are great!
Chase Me Again
289 NE 2nd St
There are many great little shops in downtown Gresham, but this is one of my favorites. It's a charity that upcycles gently used donated goods, and I always find wonderful things here. Also, the prices are great!
It's a store and a restaurant. You can get sandwiches, soda, and ice cream. Downstairs, you can visit the year-round holiday store, full of mostly Halloween & Christmas goodies, but they include other holidays, too. Located in downtown Troutdale, which is fun to peruse on its own merits.
Troutdale General Store
289 East Historic Columbia River Highway
It's a store and a restaurant. You can get sandwiches, soda, and ice cream. Downstairs, you can visit the year-round holiday store, full of mostly Halloween & Christmas goodies, but they include other holidays, too. Located in downtown Troutdale, which is fun to peruse on its own merits.
Powell's isn't just a bookstore. It's an adventure. It occupies a full city block downtown and has 3 floors of both new and used books. If you're looking for something out of print--go here. The children's books section alone is worth it. There's also a coffee shop. Parking is scarce and their parking garage is SCARY, so take the MAX.
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Powell's City of Books
1005 West Burnside Street
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Powell's isn't just a bookstore. It's an adventure. It occupies a full city block downtown and has 3 floors of both new and used books. If you're looking for something out of print--go here. The children's books section alone is worth it. There's also a coffee shop. Parking is scarce and their parking garage is SCARY, so take the MAX.
This has grown into quite the thing. Hop the MAX downtown and get off around SW 2nd Ave, then cross Naito Pkwy and peruse the tents full of local artists and traders. Get lunch there, or scoot around downtown for a sit-down meal. (I like Karam on 4th Ave--Lebanese.)
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Portland Saturday Market
2 Southwest Naito Parkway
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This has grown into quite the thing. Hop the MAX downtown and get off around SW 2nd Ave, then cross Naito Pkwy and peruse the tents full of local artists and traders. Get lunch there, or scoot around downtown for a sit-down meal. (I like Karam on 4th Ave--Lebanese.)
Entertainment & Activities
Good for a rainy day, it's putt putt under black lights.
TIKI FAMILY FUN CENTER
1694 NW Fairview Dr
Good for a rainy day, it's putt putt under black lights.
It's a really nice zoo, and it's right on a MAX stop, along with the Children's Museum and Forestry Center.
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Oregon Zoo
4001 Southwest Canyon Road
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It's a really nice zoo, and it's right on a MAX stop, along with the Children's Museum and Forestry Center.
The Mt. Hood Theatre is our oldest theatre and features a single, very large screen. They show second run movies, making this a terrific cheap date for the family.
Mt. Hood Theatre
401 East Powell Boulevard
The Mt. Hood Theatre is our oldest theatre and features a single, very large screen. They show second run movies, making this a terrific cheap date for the family.
For winter skiing!
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Mt. Hood Skibowl
87000 U.S. 26
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For winter skiing!
If you like to bowl, Mt Hood Lanes is nearby.
Mt Hood Lanes
2311 E Powell Blvd
If you like to bowl, Mt Hood Lanes is nearby.
Located off of Hwy 84 at the Bonneville Dam, the fish hatchery gives you a close look at how Oregonians are helping to raise and release salmon in the Columbia River.
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Bonneville Fish Hatchery
70543 NE Herman Loop
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Located off of Hwy 84 at the Bonneville Dam, the fish hatchery gives you a close look at how Oregonians are helping to raise and release salmon in the Columbia River.
This makes for a fun afternoon. Show up with a cooler of ice. They have fishing poles, buckets, nets, and worms. Pick any pond to fish from, then pay by the size when you're done. They will gut the fish for you. All you have to do is catch them and take them home. You can also picnic on the grounds.
Rainbow Trout Farm
52560 E Sylvan Dr
This makes for a fun afternoon. Show up with a cooler of ice. They have fishing poles, buckets, nets, and worms. Pick any pond to fish from, then pay by the size when you're done. They will gut the fish for you. All you have to do is catch them and take them home. You can also picnic on the grounds.
Spend the day skiing and then have a meal in the lodge, which will remind you of The Shining (on the outside, anyway) for a reason. There are hiking trails for varying skills, so ask before you head out on one.
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Timberline Lodge and Ski Area
27500 E Timberline Road
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Spend the day skiing and then have a meal in the lodge, which will remind you of The Shining (on the outside, anyway) for a reason. There are hiking trails for varying skills, so ask before you head out on one.
They offer second-run movies, laser tag, and arcade games. Bring cash! They don't do cards.
Gresham Cinema & Wunderland
140 NW Burnside Rd
They offer second-run movies, laser tag, and arcade games. Bring cash! They don't do cards.
I don't golf, but you might. If you do, it's here. There's also one closer to our house, but that may be more of a club.
Gresham Golf Course
2155 NE Division St
I don't golf, but you might. If you do, it's here. There's also one closer to our house, but that may be more of a club.
Given that it's a country club, I'm guessing this costs a good deal more than the Gresham Golf Course. But I have no idea. I'm pretty sure there's a pool somewhere.
Persimmon Country Club
500 SE Butler Rd
Given that it's a country club, I'm guessing this costs a good deal more than the Gresham Golf Course. But I have no idea. I'm pretty sure there's a pool somewhere.
This course is probably closer to us than the Gresham Golf Course. I don't know much about it, but I'm guessing with a name like "Mountain View," it has a good view of Mt. Hood on sunny days.
Mountain View Golf Course
27195 SE Kelso Rd
This course is probably closer to us than the Gresham Golf Course. I don't know much about it, but I'm guessing with a name like "Mountain View," it has a good view of Mt. Hood on sunny days.
This course is also not too far away. It seems to get good ratings.
Greenlea Golf Course
26736 SE Kelso Rd
This course is also not too far away. It seems to get good ratings.
You can ski and sled here. All snow areas require a Sno-Park permit during winter season. You'll probably also need 4-wheel drive and chains.
Summit Ski Area
90255 Government Camp Loop
You can ski and sled here. All snow areas require a Sno-Park permit during winter season. You'll probably also need 4-wheel drive and chains.
Because you want to go sledding. All snow areas require a Sno-Park permit during winter season. You'll probably also need 4-wheel drive and chains.
Snow Bunny Snow Park
Because you want to go sledding. All snow areas require a Sno-Park permit during winter season. You'll probably also need 4-wheel drive and chains.
Nestled near the Willamette River in the trendy Sellwood district, Oaks Park is a small amusement park that offers mini golf, skating, and old-fashioned rides like roller coasters, a tall ferris wheel, a carousel, and other "shake your bones" excitement. They do have some rides suitable for smaller children. It's generally a good idea to arrive when they open because of parking.
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奥克斯游乐园
7805 Southeast Oaks Park Way
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Nestled near the Willamette River in the trendy Sellwood district, Oaks Park is a small amusement park that offers mini golf, skating, and old-fashioned rides like roller coasters, a tall ferris wheel, a carousel, and other "shake your bones" excitement. They do have some rides suitable for smaller children. It's generally a good idea to arrive when they open because of parking.
If you like professional soccer, go watch the Timbers play in season. But take the MAX. You'll be glad you did.
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普罗维登斯公园
1844 SW Morrison St
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If you like professional soccer, go watch the Timbers play in season. But take the MAX. You'll be glad you did.
This is where the Portland Blazers play, if you like basketball. Sometimes they have big concerts, there, too. There is parking, but... I'd take the MAX.
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摩达中心
1 North Center Court Street
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This is where the Portland Blazers play, if you like basketball. Sometimes they have big concerts, there, too. There is parking, but... I'd take the MAX.
Drinks & Nightlife
Edgefield has concerts, movies, and good food.
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Edgefield Winery & Tasting Room
2126 Southwest Halsey Street
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Edgefield has concerts, movies, and good food.
In case you'd rather have your Scotch in front of the TV.
Gresham Liquor Store
2414 SE Burnside Rd
In case you'd rather have your Scotch in front of the TV.
It's a restaurant with a bar, but more importantly for people who don't want to miss a game: they have tons of big-screen TVs with games on, all the time. (Children are not allowed in the bar.)
Geno's Grill
3035 NE Kane Dr
It's a restaurant with a bar, but more importantly for people who don't want to miss a game: they have tons of big-screen TVs with games on, all the time. (Children are not allowed in the bar.)
Because you like craft beer. Located in downtown Gresham.
The Hoppy Brewer
328 North Main Avenue
Because you like craft beer. Located in downtown Gresham.
Also a restaurant, they have a selection of craft beer.
Barley Sprout Restaurant
639 SE 223rd Ave
Also a restaurant, they have a selection of craft beer.
Getting Around
The MAX runs from Gresham to Hillsboro. It's probably also the best way to go to downtown Portland, the Airport, or the zoo (parking can be a challenge there). There are closer MAX stops, but this is the closest Park & Ride station. Personally, I always take the MAX when I can. I get to listen to my audio books and do some people watching.
Gresham City Hall MAX Station
The MAX runs from Gresham to Hillsboro. It's probably also the best way to go to downtown Portland, the Airport, or the zoo (parking can be a challenge there). There are closer MAX stops, but this is the closest Park & Ride station. Personally, I always take the MAX when I can. I get to listen to my audio books and do some people watching.
For biking on the trail, or just getting around.
Gresham Bicycle Center
567 NE 8th St
For biking on the trail, or just getting around.
Not too far away.
Enterprise Rent-A-Car
1475 E Powell Blvd
Not too far away.
Arts & Culture
OMSI is a terrific science museum with a planetarium and theater. The kids will love it!
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俄勒冈科学与工业博物馆
1945 Southeast Water Avenue
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OMSI is a terrific science museum with a planetarium and theater. The kids will love it!
This usually occurs the 3rd weekend of July. Artists of all kinds set up in downtown Gresham to sell their wares. It's a great day!
Art Walk
This usually occurs the 3rd weekend of July. Artists of all kinds set up in downtown Gresham to sell their wares. It's a great day!
Located in downtown Sandy, this is a small local theater that performs about 6 shows per year. The intimacy of the theater makes this a fun event. Wheelchair accessible, too. Tickets in advance are best.
Sandy Actors Theatre
17433 Meinig Ave
Located in downtown Sandy, this is a small local theater that performs about 6 shows per year. The intimacy of the theater makes this a fun event. Wheelchair accessible, too. Tickets in advance are best.
This is a small, local theater in nearby Boring, Oregon. They put on several performances per year.
The Nutz-n-Boltz Theater Company
27861 SE Grange St
This is a small, local theater in nearby Boring, Oregon. They put on several performances per year.
Food Scene
Heidi's is a family friendly old-style restaurant with a gift shop. Mostly American food, German food, and seafood, with an excellent bakery. The waitresses still wear uniforms!
Heidi's Of Gresham
1230 NE Cleveland Ave
Heidi's is a family friendly old-style restaurant with a gift shop. Mostly American food, German food, and seafood, with an excellent bakery. The waitresses still wear uniforms!
Located downtown, Jazzy Bagels offers great coffee, bagels, bagel sandwiches, and ice cream. Some days, Dave Bidondo plays the piano.
Jazzy Bagels
5 East Powell Boulevard
Located downtown, Jazzy Bagels offers great coffee, bagels, bagel sandwiches, and ice cream. Some days, Dave Bidondo plays the piano.
If you like Lebanese food, you'll love Nicholas! Located downtown on Main Street. They have vegetarian offerings.
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Nicholas Restaurant Lebanese and Mediterranean Cuisine
323 North Main Avenue
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If you like Lebanese food, you'll love Nicholas! Located downtown on Main Street. They have vegetarian offerings.
If you're up for something a little more elegant (and more expensive), the Black Rabbit is great for brunch or a romantic dinner.
McMenamins Black Rabbit Restaurant
2126 SW Halsey St
If you're up for something a little more elegant (and more expensive), the Black Rabbit is great for brunch or a romantic dinner.
Restaurant, bakery, gift shop, coffee shop, you name it. If you're heading out to Mt Hood (or coming back), this friendly restaurant gives you lots of options, even if you just want a snack.
Tollgate Inn Bakery
38050 US-26
Restaurant, bakery, gift shop, coffee shop, you name it. If you're heading out to Mt Hood (or coming back), this friendly restaurant gives you lots of options, even if you just want a snack.
This is a hole-in-the-wall Thai restaurant on Main Street downtown, and it is delicious.
Srisiamchai Thai Restaurant
229 N Main Ave
This is a hole-in-the-wall Thai restaurant on Main Street downtown, and it is delicious.
The cuisine features more central Mexican flavors, which you don't often find. It's situated in a cozy old bungalow and is child friendly.
Agave Azul Mexican Restaurant
155 SE Vista Ave
The cuisine features more central Mexican flavors, which you don't often find. It's situated in a cozy old bungalow and is child friendly.
Located down the Hwy 26 in downtown Sandy, this restaurant has great Mexican food and good margaritas!
La Bamba Mexican Restaurante & Cantina
17275 Strauss Ave
Located down the Hwy 26 in downtown Sandy, this restaurant has great Mexican food and good margaritas!
El Indio has more seafood on their menu than many Mexican restaurants. I can vouch for the burritos! They got me through my second pregnancy.
El Indio II
920 E Powell Blvd
El Indio has more seafood on their menu than many Mexican restaurants. I can vouch for the burritos! They got me through my second pregnancy.
If you do go into downtown Portland, you should get a doughnut here. The hard part is choosing from the incredible variety! Expect a line.
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巫毒甜甜圈
22 Southwest 3rd Avenue
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If you do go into downtown Portland, you should get a doughnut here. The hard part is choosing from the incredible variety! Expect a line.
Just want a good hamburger? Well, here you go. They also have a veggie burger if you don't do cow.
The Local Cow
336 North Main St
Just want a good hamburger? Well, here you go. They also have a veggie burger if you don't do cow.
Burgerville is a local chain, and they have fabulous fast food, but you will pay more for it. They mostly use local ingredients, and offerings are frequently seasonal. Strawberry milkshakes in the spring, but pumpkin shakes and yam fries in the fall.
Burgerville
2975 NE Hogan Dr
Burgerville is a local chain, and they have fabulous fast food, but you will pay more for it. They mostly use local ingredients, and offerings are frequently seasonal. Strawberry milkshakes in the spring, but pumpkin shakes and yam fries in the fall.
Because you want steak.
Original Roadhouse Grill
2370 SE Burnside Rd
Because you want steak.
Good Italian food in downtown Gresham.
Boccelli's Ristorante
246 N Main Ave
Good Italian food in downtown Gresham.
Locals love this restaurant, and they have good drinks and live music, too. However, it is not accessible to someone in a wheelchair.
Spinella's
436 N Main Ave
Locals love this restaurant, and they have good drinks and live music, too. However, it is not accessible to someone in a wheelchair.
Pizza plus arcade games. Bring cash to buy tokens. I personally find the pizza on the greasy side, but your kids won't care. Maybe you won't care. It's pizza.
Wall Street Pizza
201 N Main Ave
Pizza plus arcade games. Bring cash to buy tokens. I personally find the pizza on the greasy side, but your kids won't care. Maybe you won't care. It's pizza.
I've never actually eaten IN this place. Can you eat here? I assume you can. We mostly order delivery when we have it. Good pizza, a bit more on the hipster side. Not greasy.
Bellagios Pizza
862 NW Burnside Rd
I've never actually eaten IN this place. Can you eat here? I assume you can. We mostly order delivery when we have it. Good pizza, a bit more on the hipster side. Not greasy.
Right around the corner, across from the gym. So pump iron, then have a bunch of BBQ with the kiddos. Or without the kiddos. My kiddos love this build-it-yourself idea.
Chang's Mongolian Grill
2502 Powell Blvd
Right around the corner, across from the gym. So pump iron, then have a bunch of BBQ with the kiddos. Or without the kiddos. My kiddos love this build-it-yourself idea.
More precisely: "Shirley's Tippy Canoe," which is right near the beginning of the Historic Columbia Gorge Highway, which is worth driving. You may recognize Shirley's if you're a fan of "Grimm." I have been there recently, though, and I can assure you that it is Wesen free. Mostly.
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Shirley's Tippy Canoe
28242 Historic Columbia River Hwy
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More precisely: "Shirley's Tippy Canoe," which is right near the beginning of the Historic Columbia Gorge Highway, which is worth driving. You may recognize Shirley's if you're a fan of "Grimm." I have been there recently, though, and I can assure you that it is Wesen free. Mostly.
This is a really nice restaurant on the Sandy River. I think they only do dinner, and it isn't cheap. But if you're looking for a romantic night out, this is a great spot.
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Riverview Restaurant
29311 Southeast Stark Street
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This is a really nice restaurant on the Sandy River. I think they only do dinner, and it isn't cheap. But if you're looking for a romantic night out, this is a great spot.