Portland >Food & Dining > Cruiser's Drive-In
2515 SE 136TH Ave, Portland, OR | Directions 9723645.503729 -122.523937
Neighborhoods: Powellhurst - Gilbert, East Portland Neighborhood Office
Cheesy, not in the good way – Cruisers seems like a good idea, until you actually eat there. It's not awful, it's not even bad. It's just very far from good. I love vintage drive ins & diners. I actually seek them out because when you find a good one, it's like striking it rich. I really hoped this would be a cool place that was either old & unchanged from it's glory days, or newer, but drawing on vintage diners for authentic inspiration. It's neither. It's that 1980s cheesy faux 50's style with pink & turquoise everything. Black & white checked floor & every stereotypical, dime a dozen framed poster of Elvis, Marylin & '57 Chevys you have seen a million times. Not one authentic piece of vintage memorabilia. No soul. Maybe there was a cool family history here in the past. Maybe the next generation didn't have a clue & botched a remodel in the 80s or 90s. It's too bad. It's boring, it's cheesy, it's actually very dirty throughout the place. All the large picture window seals are blown, so you can't see out. The owners stopped loving this place long before I had a chance to.
So that's my whine about the atmosphere. Now for the food. Everything is frozen, except for the soft serve ice cream. The burgers are those frozen hockey pucks from large bags. Not fresh or even local. I sat at the counter & watched them cook everything, so I'm not just guessing here. Every order was pulled out of the freezer & either thrown on the greasy grill or deep fried. Nothing fresh. The taste of the burger was as boring & cheap fast foody as it could be. Burger King actually tastes much better & Burgerville has this place beat in every respect. Mike's drive ins are sooo much better. I really was hoping for a Humdinger, or Burgermaster from Seattle, but this was just bland. They do fry a mean frozen tater tot. Our soft serve cone was already melting & dripping when they handed it to me. It fell right off the cone sideways & luckily landed on my shirt & hung on long enough to prop it back into the full upright position. I'm sure with enough syrups over the ice cream or mushrooms & condiments on the burgers, people actually think they are eating something tasty, but it ain't the beef.
Like I said, it's not awful, it's just not good. It is cheap though, so I can see why people on a budget go there, but after one trip, I'll keep looking for a better burger joint in deep SE.
I have been a loyal customer of Cruiser's for the last 15+ years. The food is amazing and a great value for the buck.Today I went there and ordered food for the family. We made the mistake of not thoroughly checking the order before we brought the food home. They had forgotten my granddaughters chicken strips. Everyone else was eating and I called and was told I could drive all the way back now and pick up the chicken strips and that is the only solution they offered. I was dissappointed that they couldnt give me a future credit so I wouldnt have to drive all the way back. The manager was rude and would not work with us. Will not be returning anytime soon. Too bad they can't fix their mistakes better and make customers #1.
Great, affordable burger joint! – I went to Cruiser's Drive-In today and it surprised me by how inexpensive the food is...especially in a time like this! ($1.75 for ice cream...a lot of ice cream!) The ice cream are tasty will a blend of fruity syrup mixed. I didn't get to try the burger, but my friend said it was really good. I was so full eating the ice cream I order (about 20-24 oz.), I couldn't stuff a juicy burger. I'm playing to go back soon and try their Maui burger, with Canadian bacon and pineapple. Tasty =)
Great burger joint! – I have eaten here since the early '70's when it was called Double E's. It was a walk up stand and you ate out at the picnic tables. When it became Crusier's they expanded the place and you have lots of seating inside now! The all the food is the great! The place is on the corner of 136th and Division in Portland, Oregon 97236 (not Sherwood).
Oh Yum!!! – Not only are the burgers totally yummy but the milkshakes are the bomb!!!
The Best Cheeseburger In Town. – I have been eating cheeseburgers scince I could say the word. They even used to call me cheeseburgerboy. To this day there is nothing more refreshing then trying a new cheesburger, but no matter where I try I can't say that I have tried a better burger than Cruiser's. Thanks guys.
Finger-lickin'good! – SUPERB! Whoever says burgers aren't gourmet hasn't eaten here. The 50's style atmosphere is family oriented!
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