Food and Fun at the McMenamins Greenway Pub
Wednesday 23 November 2016 — Category: Outings
Twice, within two weeks in June 2016, I visited the McMenamins Greenway Pub in Tigard, Oregon. The first time was in the middle of the month, when I helped move my son from the Metzger area of Tigard to the Bull Mountain area of Tigard. Both areas are actually outside of the Tigard city limits, but for practical purposes, they are basically Tigard.
His new living situation was five miles from his old one. As I was driving along Scholls Ferry Road, I was quite pleased to find Greenway Pub exactly halfway between his old place and new place. This happy coincidence was definitely going to facilitate my McMenamins Passport adventure!
After a few trips to move his stuff, we went to the Greenway Pub for lunch. But it was not a good day for either photography or food. I was so occupied interacting with my son that I forgot to take a picture of my meal before I started eating. But in the end it was no big loss, because it wasn’t particularly worthy of being photographed.
I had ordered an El Diablo sandwich, described as “spiced chicken breast, pepper jack, and avocado on a bun with chipotle mayo, lettuce, tomato and red onion.” It sounded great, but the reality didn’t live up to the description or my expectations. I nixed the avocado, and paid an extra dollar for a side salad instead of fries, bringing the total for the sandwich to a spendy $13.60.
My notes from that day read: “Sandwich was kind of dry and just average — not bad, but not great. A charbroiled chicken club sandwich at Carl’s Jr. is MUCH better and less than half the price! The side green salad with blue cheese dressing was small, but OK. The whole meal is WAY overpriced, like double what it’s worth!”
To wash down this dry sandwich, I had a pint of their Pilgrimage Pale Ale. According to the brewer:
“The Pilgrimage Pale is full bodied and low in alcohol with bread and toffee malt flavors upfront. It finishes with nice, light hop flavors on the back end. Most of the bitterness is dulled by the residual sugar, creating a balanced, refreshing pale ale.” Measurements: 4.8% ABV • 41 IBU
My notes from that day read: “pretty good, I would get it again.” But as you will read in a future article, when I tried it a second time a few months later I changed my tune.
Two weeks later, after taking my wife and daughter to the Portland airport, and then enjoying another tasty shakshuka at Portland’s Tasty n Sons, and then sipping a Copper Moon ale at the McMenamins Broadway Pub, my final stop of the day was back at the Greenway Pub to play a game of pool with my son.
We met at 3:00 to take advantage of discounted happy hour drinks and a certain amount of solitude at this slow time of the day. I ordered a pint of their Nebraska Bitter ale, which was pretty good, but I forgot to take a picture of it because I was so busy trying to play pool and trying to photograph the action.
After getting the pool balls, we chose one of the pool tables. When I put them in the wooden triangular rack, I was surprised and confused because they didn’t fit. So I simply grabbed the rack from the other table, which was just the right size. That right there should have told us that something was wrong, but we were clueless!
I hadn’t played pool since high school nearly 40 years ago, and my son had never played at all. Needless to say, we were quite a sight to behold ... if anyone had been there to see us. But we decided to just have fun and not worry about our lack of skill or talent.
About 15 minutes after we began, a couple of guys came up to us with the other set of balls in their hands. They said: Hey, did you know you’re playing on the snooker table with pool balls? Aren’t you wondering why it’s so hard to shoot those large pool balls into the smaller snooker pockets?
We realized that we had to either move over to the pool table with our pool balls, or else take their snooker balls and stay at the snooker table. It didn’t matter to us, and the other guys wanted the pool table, so we stayed with snooker. They even suggested we play a foursome, but when I explained that they wouldn’t have much fun with us novices, they seemed content to leave us to ourselves.
Fortunately, we were able to not take ourselves too seriously, and we had a lot of fun laughing at our lack of skill. I thought that we might end up playing two or three rounds, but between having to start over and the difficult time we had getting balls into pockets, one game took up the entire hour. Besides, more customers were starting to show up, and it wasn’t as fun being incompetent in front of others.
In order to get shots of us playing, I dug out the wireless remote intervalometer which I purchased last year. I did not want the trouble of a tripod, so I found some railing to balance my camera on. But even though I had the right equipment, my pictures still didn’t turn out very good. I was too distracted with playing pool to devote enough attention to my photography. I guess I’m not a good multitasker.
I had the ISO cranked up to 6400, and for the sake of image quality I didn’t really want to push it beyond that. But still, the shutter speed was often too slow to freeze the action. And because I didn’t take the time to set up the auto-focus point, a certain percentage of the shots were misfocused. In addition, the wireless remote control was not firing the shutter consistently each time I pressed the button.
Well, I was there to play pool with my son more than I was there for photography, so in the end my photographic troubles were not that troubling. At least I got a few decent shots to remind me of this fun outing and to share in this article. And another “experiences” stamp in my McMenamins Passport.
Because I didn’t get enough photos to warrant a McMenamins Greeway Pub album, I decided to create a new McMenamins Miscellaneous 2016 album for them. I will definitely be adding additional photos I took this year at other McMenamins locations which will not deserve separate albums either.
In the end, the fun was better than the food at McMenamins Greenway Pub. But fortunately, there are other McMenamins with more interesting menus, and plenty of other McMenamins with pool tables. I’m looking forward to continuing my Passport adventure, and seeing what other new and different experiences I will have along the way. It’s been great so far!
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