The Canadian in me is compelled to revisit the quintessential artery clogging dish we all love and yet regret eating, the mighty poutine. Yes, I’ve already covered it in a previous post but it has to be on my french fry list that I’m slowly compiling. It is pronounced poo-teen and the traditional kind only has 3 ingredients: fries, cheese curds and gravy. The toppings nowadays are a bit ridiculous but I like to keep it classic and only order what I grew up eating because additional toppings like bacon and foie gras might send me straight to food comatose which I only reserve for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners.
Now most Portlanders will say the Potato Champion makes the best poutine but I just can’t stomach the taste of their gravy. I’ve had both the vegetarian and regular one just to make sure and I have to say I don’t really like either. A bit too tangy for my taste and my fellow french fry lovers who ate them with me didn’t like it either. They have great fries but the gravy leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
So where does this Canadian go for some killer poutine? The Hawthorne Hophouse is tucked away in a tiny strip mall and they have so far won my heart with their version of poutine. Their fries are hand cut and fried to perfection and the bonus is their gravy is vegetarian and you won’t even complain about it because it is so good.
If you want to clog more than just your arteries, try eating it along with a plate of fried cheese curds like I did. Those balls of fried goodness must be portioned out or you will regret it like nothing else.
I’m always on the hunt for great poutine so send me a message with your suggestions!
Address: 2 locations
Hawthorne Hophouse 4111 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland, Oregon 97214
Fifteenth Avenue Hophouse
1517 NE Brazee St., Portland, Oregon 97212