Ever been to Cruise In Country Diner? You’re in for a real treat.
Cruise In is a great little diner in Hillsboro, Oregon. Music and memorabilia from the 50′s and 60′s fill the place, even their menu evokes the style with classic car names in the titles of every dish. You can dine inside, or on nice weather days there’s a back patio.
There’s something special about eating a hamburger on a bun. I missed that. Being gluten-free, I was resigned to the idea of forever eating my burgers with a knife and fork anytime I went to a restaurant. Well, that’s not the case anymore. More and more restaurants are providing a gluten-free bun option for their customers, and Cruise In is one of those places.
Cruise In offers a super-tasty gluten-free bun from Laurel’s Sweet Treats in Tigard, OR. Nice and crispy on the outside, soft on the inside. The buns are pretty big and a bit dense in texture, so the flavor of a burger with no toppings can get lost. My suggestion is to go with a flavorful burger for the best balance between burger and bun. My favorite is the Hot Rod: pepperjack cheese with jalapeno peppers.
Beef for the burgers is provided locally by Country Natural Beef. It’s local grass fed beef…no wonder it’s so good. In fact, Cruise In sticks with local providers for everything they can.
Cruise In offers Redbridge gluten-free beer as well as Spire Pear Cider on tap (pictured below). I love this cider, it’s nice and dry and I get it almost every time I come here. Try out their homemade root beer on tap, it’s pretty amazing. Wednesday night special: $1 drinks with your burger!
Another food I thought I’d have to do without was chicken strips, since they’re breaded…once again, I’ve been proven wrong. Brand new on the Cruise In menu: gluten-free chicken strips, a.k.a. “Drag Strips”. It’s so fantastic to have chicken strips once again! All fries are gluten-free too, did I mention?
And for dessert…a gluten-free brownie with a side of vanilla ice cream topped with hot fudge. Truly decadent. Save room for it, if you can. What an amazing brownie from Laurel’s Sweet Treats! It’s the best one I’ve had for sure.
Cruise In is such a great place to go for so many gluten-free options! Burgers, fries, chicken strips, beer, cider, dessert…they’re all a safe option here.
Cruise In Country Diner
9785 SW River Road
Hillsboro, OR 97123
Hours: Wednesday thru Sunday 11AM-9PM