Greg's Backyard

★★★★☆
  • 3554 SE 82nd Ave

    Portland, OR 97266

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  • 503-774-3371

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Sun-Mon: 7am-10pm, Thu: 7am-10pm, Fri-Sat: 7am-11pm

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I grew up in Texas and moved to Portland as an adult. The only thing I miss about the South (other than my family) is the food - and this restaurant goes a long way toward easing that longing. Their mac and cheese, meatloaf, chicken and dumplings, mashed potatoes and biscuits are all made from scratch and are absolutely delicious. ...everything else on the menu is made from scratch, too I think, but I can personally vouch for the above items.
The food is also VERY reasonably priced with specials every day and great happy hour deals.

This is one of the first reviews I've ever given on Citysearch. I'm giving it singularly because I love this place and want it to be around as long as possible. Happy Eating!

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★★★★★

I grew up in Texas and moved to Portland as an adult. The only thing I miss about the South (other than my family) is the food - and this restaurant goes a long way toward easing that longing. Their mac and cheese, meatloaf, chicken and dumplings, mashed potatoes and biscuits are all made from scratch and are absolutely delicious. ...everything else on the menu is made from scratch, too I think, but I can personally vouch for the above items.
The food is also VERY reasonably priced with specials every day and great happy hour deals.

This is one of the first reviews I've ever given on Citysearch. I'm giving it singularly because I love this place and want it to be around as long as possible. Happy Eating!

Pros: best mac and cheese in the North

Cons: none for me yet

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I have had their breakfast there. It is a bar atmosphere with really good eggs benidict. The service is pretty fast. I would go back there again. They have breakfast specials that are really inexpensive and you get alot for your money

3
★★★☆☆

I have had their breakfast there. It is a bar atmosphere with really good eggs benidict. The service is pretty fast. I would go back there again. They have breakfast specials that are really inexpensive and you get alot for your money

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Gotta tell ya. I,ve been here three times now and it doesn't get any better. In fact it keeps getting worse. The first time here I had breakfast, not bad but nothing to rave about. The next time I had the sampler plate and chips and salsa. What a mistake. I could have broke a tooth on the over cooked under seasoned chips. The ribs were flavorfull but really dry and the plate came with three other really greasy piles of fried stuff. I figure the price I paid came to about $3.00 per four inch rib. Truely not a good deal. Gave it some time then decided "one more try". Well that one did it, I'm finished, and here is why. I entered and saw 3 couples sitting inside and saw that a few tables were open on the deck, sat outside and ordered rib-eye steak with onion rings and salad with ranch and a cup of coffee, also asked for chips and salsa. Got the salad first, it had some wilted and slimey leaves but even worse you could see the water they used to strech the dressing with because they didn't bother to shake it up. Gross. Got the appetizer at the same time as the steak. Again way over cooked and no seasoned store bought then deepfried tortilla chips. Could have scraped paint with them. Now the real kicker. I don't blame the guy who got the liver and onions just before they cooked my steak but they should have cleaned the grill first!!! There was so much grease and burnt fat on that steak and they way over cooked it. I asked for pink to rare and got med well to well done.Besides tasting like liver It would have been dry except I think the cook dunked it in a bowl of cold vegetable oil and threw it on the grill a second time. As far as the service, well that cup of coffe that was brought out an hour before I left was the only coffe I got. After my outdoor cig. I got tired of waiting for more coffe or at least the bill and decided go inside, there was the waitress, sitting at her own bar watching TV. Like I said----FINISHED---NO MORE TRYS FOR YOU GUYS

0
★☆☆☆☆

Gotta tell ya. I,ve been here three times now and it doesn't get any better. In fact it keeps getting worse. The first time here I had breakfast, not bad but nothing to rave about. The next time I had the sampler plate and chips and salsa. What a mistake. I could have broke a tooth on the over cooked under seasoned chips. The ribs were flavorfull but really dry and the plate came with three other really greasy piles of fried stuff. I figure the price I paid came to about $3.00 per four inch rib. Truely not a good deal. Gave it some time then decided "one more try". Well that one did it, I'm finished, and here is why. I entered and saw 3 couples sitting inside and saw that a few tables were open on the deck, sat outside and ordered rib-eye steak with onion rings and salad with ranch and a cup of coffee, also asked for chips and salsa. Got the salad first, it had some wilted and slimey leaves but even worse you could see the water they used to strech the dressing with because they didn't bother to shake it up. Gross. Got the appetizer at the same time as the steak. Again way over cooked and no seasoned store bought then deepfried tortilla chips. Could have scraped paint with them. Now the real kicker. I don't blame the guy who got the liver and onions just before they cooked my steak but they should have cleaned the grill first!!! There was so much grease and burnt fat on that steak and they way over cooked it. I asked for pink to rare and got med well to well done.Besides tasting like liver It would have been dry except I think the cook dunked it in a bowl of cold vegetable oil and threw it on the grill a second time. As far as the service, well that cup of coffe that was brought out an hour before I left was the only coffe I got. After my outdoor cig. I got tired of waiting for more coffe or at least the bill and decided go inside, there was the waitress, sitting at her own bar watching TV. Like I said----FINISHED---NO MORE TRYS FOR YOU GUYS

Pros: atmosphere

Cons: nasty food lousy service

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Greg's has a mac-n-cheese wedge appetizer that is to die for. I have never had them before Greg's and they are awesome. Love the outdoor seating in the summer also.

2
★★★★★

Greg's has a mac-n-cheese wedge appetizer that is to die for. I have never had them before Greg's and they are awesome. Love the outdoor seating in the summer also.

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Wow, I cannot believe I found this "Diamond in the rough" ! This place is fantastic! All of their food is smoked or homemade from scratch!, You couldn't ask, let alone pay for a better meal. The prices are great and the portions are big. Kids are aloud, which is hard to find anymore with a bar like atmosphere. Non-smoking too... I know awesome right? They have a full bar and the wait staff seem to be very knowledgable of specialty drinks, which is definately a plus in my book. Full lottery seperate from the eating area, ( I was able to slip in and win $60.00, yahoooo!) They also have these comment cards which are really cool, you can rate the service and food and atmosphere. We have been there 4 times now, and we have had nothing but good experiences with Carah, Marena, Jackie. They were very attentive without being hovery. We have found our new favorite place to eat, If you havn't been there you really should go. Don't forget to try the mac-n-cheese.!!!!!!!!!! Sincerely, Cooper213mont.

2
★★★★★

Wow, I cannot believe I found this "Diamond in the rough" ! This place is fantastic! All of their food is smoked or homemade from scratch!, You couldn't ask, let alone pay for a better meal. The prices are great and the portions are big. Kids are aloud, which is hard to find anymore with a bar like atmosphere. Non-smoking too... I know awesome right? They have a full bar and the wait staff seem to be very knowledgable of specialty drinks, which is definately a plus in my book. Full lottery seperate from the eating area, ( I was able to slip in and win $60.00, yahoooo!) They also have these comment cards which are really cool, you can rate the service and food and atmosphere. We have been there 4 times now, and we have had nothing but good experiences with Carah, Marena, Jackie. They were very attentive without being hovery. We have found our new favorite place to eat, If you havn't been there you really should go. Don't forget to try the mac-n-cheese.!!!!!!!!!! Sincerely, Cooper213mont.

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WHAT A KICK A** PLACE! My husband and I went there for dinner and think that the place is awesome! It reminds me of a quaint country cottage with lots of charm! Fabulous out door decks too. My Hubs ordered the BabyBacks and said they were fantastic. I had this chicken dish that has swiss and pineapple on top,mmm mmm mmm! They even knew what an Arnold Palmer was! The waitress was very helpful, and she let us know that the same owners own the Farmhouse next door, so since it was a Saturday night and the kids were at the sitters we decided to walk over and check it out after dinner. To my suprise they were doing Karaoke!! We had such a good time! We are planning my 13 year old's birthday for August and will probably go back to Gregs Backyard. It was a great experience. My thanks goes out to the Waitresses and cooks at the Back yard.

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★★★★★

WHAT A KICK A** PLACE! My husband and I went there for dinner and think that the place is awesome! It reminds me of a quaint country cottage with lots of charm! Fabulous out door decks too. My Hubs ordered the BabyBacks and said they were fantastic. I had this chicken dish that has swiss and pineapple on top,mmm mmm mmm! They even knew what an Arnold Palmer was! The waitress was very helpful, and she let us know that the same owners own the Farmhouse next door, so since it was a Saturday night and the kids were at the sitters we decided to walk over and check it out after dinner. To my suprise they were doing Karaoke!! We had such a good time! We are planning my 13 year old's birthday for August and will probably go back to Gregs Backyard. It was a great experience. My thanks goes out to the Waitresses and cooks at the Back yard.

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remember when you were i kid and mac-n-cheese was your favorite thing? Well at Greg's Backyard..it still is my favorite thing. A good friend of mine reccomened this resturant to me. And i am so glad they did. I have eaten here 3 times this week and have always been pleased. Try something new every time you go there. Its so worth it!!!! YUMMY!!!!

2
★★★★★

remember when you were i kid and mac-n-cheese was your favorite thing? Well at Greg's Backyard..it still is my favorite thing. A good friend of mine reccomened this resturant to me. And i am so glad they did. I have eaten here 3 times this week and have always been pleased. Try something new every time you go there. Its so worth it!!!! YUMMY!!!!

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Once again, while leaving Portland, I stopped at Greg's Backyard to have some breakfast. I ordered steak and eggs and asked to have it cooked "between med. rare and med.", which I might add, is not a normal request, and it came out Perfect!
Two eggs over med., grilled onions in my hashbrowns and everything was hot. The other thing I like to order is the breakfast patty sausage. It's lean, moist and very flavorful. The service is exceptional. I witnessed several groups come in for lunch and they were in and out in a very timely manner. The staff is friendly, personable and have a great sense of humor. The atmoshere is warm and very welcoming. My husband and I will definitely continue to make this a part of our itinerary while visiting.

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★★★★★

Once again, while leaving Portland, I stopped at Greg's Backyard to have some breakfast. I ordered steak and eggs and asked to have it cooked "between med. rare and med.", which I might add, is not a normal request, and it came out Perfect!
Two eggs over med., grilled onions in my hashbrowns and everything was hot. The other thing I like to order is the breakfast patty sausage. It's lean, moist and very flavorful. The service is exceptional. I witnessed several groups come in for lunch and they were in and out in a very timely manner. The staff is friendly, personable and have a great sense of humor. The atmoshere is warm and very welcoming. My husband and I will definitely continue to make this a part of our itinerary while visiting.

Pros: Great ambience, food and service

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With Portland's hit-and-miss, here today-gone-tomorrow culinary mishaps; I have always assumed it to be safer to simply take my family to a franchised, corporate, flair & buttons type restaurant.
But something about Greg's Backyard caught my eye as I drove by it everyday on my way to work. After seeing the nice outdoor seating and the packed parking lot; I pledged that would be where we go for our Monday night dinner.

We were greeted warmly as we arrived. The clean, calm atmosphere we walked into was very refreshing compared to the loud, hustle-bustle & noise we were used to at the "other" restaurants we have visited. And the big screen flat panel TV automatically put a smile on my kids' faces.

My wife and I enjoyed superbly blended cocktails from the full bar as we all munched on a multi-item appetizer dish that was perfect.
My wife and I split an order of the daily special which was a salmon fish & chips. mmmm...... utterly unique and even better than the local fish & chips I've had in London, England; this was a true Northwestern culinary creation.
My son ordered the pepper steak with fries and a honey-baked biscuit; to die for... I had to taste it as I cut it up for him. The meat was so tender and flavorful, and the shoestring fries were crisp & fresh.
My daughter ordered a burger that was seasoned and grilled to perfection, with a side of mac & cheese that was amazingly some of the best mac & cheese I ever tasted.

Our waitress was the sweetest lady anyone could ask for. We even had management stop by to say hi and ensure we are totally satisfied; this unusually amazing level of service we received was but the mere icing on the cake.

We have found our new "spot" to go out to eat. I just can't wait to go back next week and see what specials are available ! I encourage anyone who can visit Greg's Backyard to do so and see what our true local PDX thoroughfare has to offer.

2
★★★★★

With Portland's hit-and-miss, here today-gone-tomorrow culinary mishaps; I have always assumed it to be safer to simply take my family to a franchised, corporate, flair & buttons type restaurant.
But something about Greg's Backyard caught my eye as I drove by it everyday on my way to work. After seeing the nice outdoor seating and the packed parking lot; I pledged that would be where we go for our Monday night dinner.

We were greeted warmly as we arrived. The clean, calm atmosphere we walked into was very refreshing compared to the loud, hustle-bustle & noise we were used to at the "other" restaurants we have visited. And the big screen flat panel TV automatically put a smile on my kids' faces.

My wife and I enjoyed superbly blended cocktails from the full bar as we all munched on a multi-item appetizer dish that was perfect.
My wife and I split an order of the daily special which was a salmon fish & chips. mmmm...... utterly unique and even better than the local fish & chips I've had in London, England; this was a true Northwestern culinary creation.
My son ordered the pepper steak with fries and a honey-baked biscuit; to die for... I had to taste it as I cut it up for him. The meat was so tender and flavorful, and the shoestring fries were crisp & fresh.
My daughter ordered a burger that was seasoned and grilled to perfection, with a side of mac & cheese that was amazingly some of the best mac & cheese I ever tasted.

Our waitress was the sweetest lady anyone could ask for. We even had management stop by to say hi and ensure we are totally satisfied; this unusually amazing level of service we received was but the mere icing on the cake.

We have found our new "spot" to go out to eat. I just can't wait to go back next week and see what specials are available ! I encourage anyone who can visit Greg's Backyard to do so and see what our true local PDX thoroughfare has to offer.

Pros: Great food, Service, Value, atmosphere, family friendly, local

Cons: NONE

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One of the best places I've eaten at in Portland. Awesome food and service. The waitress was extremely attentive. The food was amazing. The speed is incredible. I've never had a bad experience here, it's always been 5 stars for me.

The chicken fried steak is the best I've ever eaten. The pepper steak is awesome flavor at a great price. I recommend Greg's Backyard to everyone I know, and I've never heard a disappointed word.

If you're looking for somewhere new to try, I highly recommend Greg's Backyard

2
★★★★★

One of the best places I've eaten at in Portland. Awesome food and service. The waitress was extremely attentive. The food was amazing. The speed is incredible. I've never had a bad experience here, it's always been 5 stars for me.

The chicken fried steak is the best I've ever eaten. The pepper steak is awesome flavor at a great price. I recommend Greg's Backyard to everyone I know, and I've never heard a disappointed word.

If you're looking for somewhere new to try, I highly recommend Greg's Backyard

Pros: The food, service, value, speed

Cons: I haven't found one yet!

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If anyone is looking for a great family place to eat then i suggest you try out Greg's backyard. The food is terrific. I recommend the Pulled pork, mac & cheese and they also have very good homemade soups!!! The environment is great for families and its very relaxing. The servers are also great. I did not have to wait for anything and they all made my family feel very comfortable and welcome.

2
★★★★★

If anyone is looking for a great family place to eat then i suggest you try out Greg's backyard. The food is terrific. I recommend the Pulled pork, mac & cheese and they also have very good homemade soups!!! The environment is great for families and its very relaxing. The servers are also great. I did not have to wait for anything and they all made my family feel very comfortable and welcome.

Pros: food, service, atmosphere

Cons: i cant think of anything bad about the place

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I have eaten here quite a few times. I've tried many things on the menu and everything was fantastic. Reasonably priced, fast service, and a nice atmosphere. They have a nice outdoor seating area in the rear of the restaurant away from the street. On a nice day this is a great area to enjoy your meal. I would definitely recommend Greg's Backyard for a nice dining experience.

2
★★★★★

I have eaten here quite a few times. I've tried many things on the menu and everything was fantastic. Reasonably priced, fast service, and a nice atmosphere. They have a nice outdoor seating area in the rear of the restaurant away from the street. On a nice day this is a great area to enjoy your meal. I would definitely recommend Greg's Backyard for a nice dining experience.

Pros: Fast and friendly service

Cons: none

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Gregs Backyard is for Great all seasons and occasions. Sit by the warm fireplace in the winter and out on the deck in the summer. The atmosphere is warm, friendly and relaxing. You can enjoy Gregs with friends and family or if you want to meet as a group. I have been going there on a regular basis for breakfast and lunch. Staff have always been very freindly with good service. The breakfast specials like Steak n Eggs or Omlette are very good and a great deal. I don't eat fast food burgers but the burgers at Gregs are excellent
and so are the Salads. I recommend Gregs to anyone.

2
★★★★★

Gregs Backyard is for Great all seasons and occasions. Sit by the warm fireplace in the winter and out on the deck in the summer. The atmosphere is warm, friendly and relaxing. You can enjoy Gregs with friends and family or if you want to meet as a group. I have been going there on a regular basis for breakfast and lunch. Staff have always been very freindly with good service. The breakfast specials like Steak n Eggs or Omlette are very good and a great deal. I don't eat fast food burgers but the burgers at Gregs are excellent
and so are the Salads. I recommend Gregs to anyone.

Pros: Ambience,Parking,Service, Food, Price

Cons: Traffic at the intersection

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They have the best Chicken fried steak and eggs. The service was very friendly and personal. Highly recommend for a great casual dining experience.

2
★★★★★

They have the best Chicken fried steak and eggs. The service was very friendly and personal. Highly recommend for a great casual dining experience.

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We should have brought popcorn for the show! Tabletop of 4 were seated before the 2 of us, and we were pretty much done eating when we heard them say their orders had not even been given to the kitchen yet. Their waitress was very rude to them when she attempted to apologize, and when 1 party wished to speak to management, that man was very rude to her as well. Keep in mind that the 4 top were very nice, respectful, middle age, and they were treated very wrong. 1 lady (from 4 top) came to our table to apologize, and the manager man (owner?) told her to leave or he was going to "have her arrested". We told her about this website, and then left ourselves. We won't be going back to Greg's Backyard on 82nd again, because of the lack of care for the customers. Most any other business would have fired that worker on the spot for the rudeness alone! As for the food-it was okay, but we've had much better elsewhere in our beautiful city of Portland! Our service wasn't good either, but better than the 4 top!

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★☆☆☆☆

We should have brought popcorn for the show! Tabletop of 4 were seated before the 2 of us, and we were pretty much done eating when we heard them say their orders had not even been given to the kitchen yet. Their waitress was very rude to them when she attempted to apologize, and when 1 party wished to speak to management, that man was very rude to her as well. Keep in mind that the 4 top were very nice, respectful, middle age, and they were treated very wrong. 1 lady (from 4 top) came to our table to apologize, and the manager man (owner?) told her to leave or he was going to "have her arrested". We told her about this website, and then left ourselves. We won't be going back to Greg's Backyard on 82nd again, because of the lack of care for the customers. Most any other business would have fired that worker on the spot for the rudeness alone! As for the food-it was okay, but we've had much better elsewhere in our beautiful city of Portland! Our service wasn't good either, but better than the 4 top!

Cons: put themselves before the customer

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Great location with easy access. Has good food and good prices. Big breakfasts. Nice place to have a causal meal and a beer.

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★★★★★

Great location with easy access. Has good food and good prices. Big breakfasts. Nice place to have a causal meal and a beer.

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Sorry , I know they have good cooks there,but not on saturday morning,My husband and I have tryed to eat breakfast there on saturday he is not a good cook it is kind of hard to get breakfast wrong,but he has and we won't try anymore,but we will still be in to drink and play your games, I fill this is not right that I can't even have a good saturday morning breakfast !!!

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★★★☆☆

Sorry , I know they have good cooks there,but not on saturday morning,My husband and I have tryed to eat breakfast there on saturday he is not a good cook it is kind of hard to get breakfast wrong,but he has and we won't try anymore,but we will still be in to drink and play your games, I fill this is not right that I can't even have a good saturday morning breakfast !!!

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We went in on a whim and at the recommendation of several people I know. It was around 9:00 PM and there was only one other party of four in the restaurant. Right off the bat, our waitress had a snarky attitude. Apparently, we weren't ordering fast enough and when I did order it was too much trouble to just get what I wanted because she actually suggested something else entirely. I stuck with my guns and requested the Backyard Burger "dry". Dry means no condiments, sauces or veggies at all. When my food arrived, naturally I checked. Lo and behold, there was some saucy concoction of bar-b-q sauce ad relish on the underside of the burger. YUCK!

According to the waitress, I only specified no mayo or veggies. Dry to her means I need to name off each specific item on the burger that I don't want included. Of course this is only after asking us snidely when we ordered if we had ever been here before. It sounded a little incredulous like we were being lame for ordering the food we were ordering. These are just two examples of the unacceptable behavior bestowed upon us while trying to get a simple meal.

Our waitress exhibited poor social and professional demeanor and I will never go back to this place again regardless of how good anyone says the food is. In choosing anywhere to eat, when the service is as blatantly pathetic as what I experienced, I would rather eat dirt served by monkeys.

0
★☆☆☆☆

We went in on a whim and at the recommendation of several people I know. It was around 9:00 PM and there was only one other party of four in the restaurant. Right off the bat, our waitress had a snarky attitude. Apparently, we weren't ordering fast enough and when I did order it was too much trouble to just get what I wanted because she actually suggested something else entirely. I stuck with my guns and requested the Backyard Burger "dry". Dry means no condiments, sauces or veggies at all. When my food arrived, naturally I checked. Lo and behold, there was some saucy concoction of bar-b-q sauce ad relish on the underside of the burger. YUCK!

According to the waitress, I only specified no mayo or veggies. Dry to her means I need to name off each specific item on the burger that I don't want included. Of course this is only after asking us snidely when we ordered if we had ever been here before. It sounded a little incredulous like we were being lame for ordering the food we were ordering. These are just two examples of the unacceptable behavior bestowed upon us while trying to get a simple meal.

Our waitress exhibited poor social and professional demeanor and I will never go back to this place again regardless of how good anyone says the food is. In choosing anywhere to eat, when the service is as blatantly pathetic as what I experienced, I would rather eat dirt served by monkeys.

Pros: Lots of space to sit

Cons: attitude, lack of customer service

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New to Portland we we have been trying the better known places, even though Greg's is just down the street. My wife had the 4 ribs with salad and I had the pulled pork sandwich with fries. This place was a VERY pleasant surprise. The food was better than any of the other BBQ places we tried, including Clays, Campbells, and even Podnahs, and was somewhat cheaper. Needless to say we will be going back!

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★★★★★

New to Portland we we have been trying the better known places, even though Greg's is just down the street. My wife had the 4 ribs with salad and I had the pulled pork sandwich with fries. This place was a VERY pleasant surprise. The food was better than any of the other BBQ places we tried, including Clays, Campbells, and even Podnahs, and was somewhat cheaper. Needless to say we will be going back!

Pros: large portions, meat not gristle and fat, good service, superb fries, excellent sauce

Cons: none

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Gregs has the BEST BBQ ribs that I have ever eaten! I pride myself on finding the best ribs in town, to venture to new places, and found that at this point Gregs is hands down the best.
My entire family ejoyed everything they were served. Even the fries were outstanding.
If you can make it to Greg's, I highly recommend it.

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★★★★★

Gregs has the BEST BBQ ribs that I have ever eaten! I pride myself on finding the best ribs in town, to venture to new places, and found that at this point Gregs is hands down the best.
My entire family ejoyed everything they were served. Even the fries were outstanding.
If you can make it to Greg's, I highly recommend it.

Pros: Food, Open atmosphere, Great staff

Cons: Price, Dining open to bar

 

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