Is Hood River’s Smoked Meat Destination, Grasslands Barbecue, Worth the Drive?

Welcome to Worth the Drive, a column in which Team Eater Portland ventures to far-flung destination restaurants around the state to see if they live up to the hype. Know a restaurant you think is worth the drive? Let us know via the tipline.

The restaurant: Grasslands Barbecue

The location: Waterfront Park in Hood River; about an hour drive from Portland.

The price tag: Varies, since customers at Grasslands build meals by ordering meats by the half-pound and choosing a la carte sides like a Tex Mex slaw (cabbage, kale, Cotija, and pumpkin seeds) and roasted green chile mac and cheese.

The schtick: The cart serves Texas-ish

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