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Oh My French Fry Part Deux ~ Poutine At The Hawthorne Hophouse October 8, 2012

Fried cheese curds and poutine. Don’t eat this alone!

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!

Website: http://oregonhophouse.com/

Address: 2 locations 

Hawthorne Hophouse 4111 SE Hawthorne Blvd.,  Portland, Oregon 97214

Fifteenth Avenue Hophouse
1517 NE Brazee St., Portland, Oregon 97212

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Hawthorne Hophouse~Deep Fried Cheese Curds October 23, 2011

Cheese Curds: the solid parts of soured milk that are mild in flavor and similar firmness to regular cheese but has a slightly rubbery texture.  Fresh curds will squeak when being chewed which is why it is commonly referred to as squeaky cheese.

I think one of the best things ever created is cheese. I will admit that I’m a bit of a cheese fiend because I like them all.  Mild, stinky, crumbled, soft, hard, salty, solid, liquified and yes even the more processed variety (for grilled cheese purposes and don’t judge me!).  For this particular blog entry, I will discuss the elusive cheese curd.  They are not easily found at most markets and the fresh ones are even harder to get because “fresh” in this sense is considered made the same day.  You can tell the freshness of the curds by the squeak of the cheese. 

So now that you know how I feel about cheese,  imagine how I feel about cheese being battered and then deep fried.  I won’t lie, it’s pretty fantastic and it’s hard not to eat too many when they serve a large portion of them to you.  The Hawthorne Hophouse has them on both the happy hour and regular menu.  It’s definitely something that should be shared even though every dietician would probably advise you to stay away from them entirely.   The only thing that stopped me from consuming too many was the plate of poutine that I ordered which contained even more curds so I was bordering on cheese overload.  Not necessarily a good thing if you know what I mean.  

Overall they have better than average pub food.  The mac and cheese is creamy and dreamy and you can order it plain or try their rotating flavors.  The ciabatta bread they serve it with is butterly delicious.  My friends and I have sampled several items and all were pretty good.  The only thing I think they need to work on is their dessert menu.  The stout cake I ordered was not cake-y at all.  It was more of a thick mousse consistency which would have been ok if I ordered mousse.  Other than that, the service was decent; nothing overly friendly but nothing that would cause me to not give a good tip or come back. 

Say Cheese!!!
 
 Beer lovers should go on Mondays because beer flights (sampling of beers on tap) are half price. 
  • 6 beers – $3.50
  • 12 beers – $6.50
  • 24 beers – $12.00
 
Location: 4111 SE Hawthorne Portland Oregon 503-477-9619
Cost: Happy Hour daily 3pm to 6pm and 9pm to 12am and all day Sunday$4/ Regular menu $5

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