written by Christopher Warner
photography by Ben McBee
The homey kitsch goes perfectly with the delicious grill menu
Located about halfway between Portland and Seattle along I-5, Mrs. Beesley’s provides a welcome oasis for the hungry and weary traveler. The small diner with the large iconic EAT sign has been serving happy customers for more than six decades, specializing in old-fashioned hamburgers and shakes.
Dan and Dixie Beesley cleverly recognized the need for a cash-only food stand when the interstate first opened in the area. The couple recently retired and handed over operations to another husband-and-wife team, Ron and Julie Zion, who wisely retained the name along with the same Pacific Northwest kitsch and tasty grill menu. One major change, however, is the acceptance of credit cards. Enjoy.