I never really expected there to be an amazing barbecue restaurant in Newberg Oregon. However as it turns out there are – so far, two that I have discovered. The first as you may recall is the amazing Storr’s Smokehouse. The other fantastic barbecue restaurant in Newburg is one that I discovered quite by accident while driving through town looking at homes for sale.
Where is Bert’s?
Bert’s is located in a modest one story building on the corner of Highway 99 and Villa road. The outside of the building is not particularly impressive, however from where I park I spotted the large smoker working happily on a Saturday around 11am. The smell of smoking barbecue was almost intoxicating.
When I visited the parking lot had several available spaces however by the time I left there were very few spots available and many of the tables were full.
The entrance to birds has some nice and artistic features which I greatly appreciated. There is an open sign with lights it looks very vintage and I think adds to the appeal of the restaurant.
Burt also has several two-person picnic tables that would be fantastic in nicer weather. The day that I visited was somewhat rainy and gloomy.
Inside Bert’s Chuckwagon Barbecue is where some of the more interesting parts of their restaurant design is apparent. Just inside the main entrance many six to eight person tables can be seen. The floor is very nice slate and fits the rest of the architecture deigns elements very well. There is a counter eating area near the register where individuals can have their food.
I always appreciate when business owners and designers add elements of humor to their designs. Near the doorway to the outside sitting area is a large BBQ sign and right next to that are humorous signs that I liked as well.
Burt’s barbecue has won several awards which can be seen near the West wall by the cooking area. The trophies on display are from the Hazelnut Festival in Donald, Oregon. There’s even a first place!!!
I suppose a little old-fashioned. Most restaurants feature traditional menus either paper or vinyl covered or something like that. As I have noticed at other establishments particularly ones that have higher end and limited quantity beer offerings – there is frequently an electronic sign showing those offerings that can be easily changed based on different available options. Bert’s has taken that concept and included their menu in such a format. I thought that this was a fantastic idea. It seems like it would make changing the prices easy as well as making changes to the menu with little cost to the establishment. Brilliant!
On these visits I try to get a realistic idea of the quality, taste, and appearance of food offerings. It is through that sacrifice that I’m able to give you these kind of reviews and I do sincerely hope that all of you appreciate my sacrifices and the work needed to be done to review these establishment. On the other hand some days I just have to order whatever looks like the best. Today it was the double brisket burger from Bert’s. Since sides come with the burgers, naturally I had to try the seasoned tots. I know that you all are grateful for my sacrifice and I appreciate that.
The burger that I ordered had to be seven or eight inches tall and absolutely dwarfed the tots that came with it. I am not sure how I was supposed to eat this to be can with but I chose to disassemble it somewhat and ended up eating the brisket separately – it was amazing in case you’re wondering and then the burger. Bert’s food is in the unique position of being both amazing tasting and also amazing looking. It does seem as though many places will sacrifice one or the other however at Bert’s you’ll find both.
Summary and Rating
I was very pleasantly surprised to discover that there is not one but at least two amazing barbecue restaurants in Newberg, Oregon. The latest ones that I have discovered is Bert’s Chuckwagon Barbecue, and I can definitely say that it qualifies as an amazing barbecue establishment. The inside is quite nice and there is ample seating. There are times when it may be busy and you might have to wait for a spot to sit, however I can assure you it is definitely worth the wait. Bert’s food is just amazing and I definitely recommend folks stop there and try their barbecue. It definitely deserves the four and a half HeyWillamettes I’ll award it.