Food Freaks Unite's Blog

It's all about food!

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!


Address: 2 locations 

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

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

Hawthorne Hophouse on Urbanspoon


Poutine in Portland at The Hawthorne Hophouse August 9, 2011

French fries.  Brown gravy.  Cheese curds.  Simply amazing if you ask me.  I grew up in Canada eating this carb-tastic creation and was shocked that it was nowhere to be found when I moved to the USA in the early 1990’s.  My new stateside friends gawked at the sight of me dipping my fries in brown gravy so I knew that had no clue what poutine was.  Poo what? Was their response.  Yeah, they had no idea what they were missing out on. 

Good anytime of day

I’m happy to report that this dish now popping up in more and more restaurants menus around town.  I’ve had good, bad and so-so ones but so far the best I’ve had in Portland is at the Hawthorne Hophouse.  The bonus is their gravy is vegetarian and it tastes so good that the carnivores won’t even notice. They hand cut their fries and top them with a generous portion of curds and gravy. 

Location: 4111 Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard Portland, OR 97214  – (503) 477-9619

Website: www.

Cost: Happy hour $4/$6 small/$8 large

Hawthorne Hop House on Urbanspoon


You have to eat this…poutine!!! August 15, 2010

Filed under: Eat Anytime,Food,Fried!,My Favs — Food Freaks Unite @ 4:20 pm
Tags: , , , , ,

This is what real poutine should look!

Poutine: pronounced “poo-teen” is comfort food to me. The mastermind to this heart attack on a plate is some crazy Canadian. Go figure.  I should both thank and curse the creator for making such a fattening meal.  Most of my American friends have no idea what this dish is and most have gawked at the idea until they have tried it.  The traditional variety consists of french fries topped with cheese curds (squeaky cheese!) and then smothered with brown gravy.  Unfortunately, it isn’t a common menu item in Portland yet. The places that do sell it don’t quite do it justice. I didn’t realize how easy it was to screw up this dish but some places have managed to do so.  How you might ask?  It’s only 3 ingredients but by choosing the wrong cut of fries (no shoestrings!), using small chards of curds (you need big chunks!) and bad tasting gravy (it happens), one can easily disappoint any Canadian that knows how it should look and taste.  So if you want good poutine, I must refer you to go just about anywhere in Canada.  Even the drive thru A&W’s will make it better than most places in the States.  When I’m in Vancouver, my poutine fix is satisfied by a trip to Belgian Fries on Commercial Drive.  They make a terrific vegetarian gravy that doesn’t have a weird aftertaste like the one served at Potato Champion here in Portland.  I don’t encourage eating this often but every once in a while it is good eats.


Cost: $5.69 + tax for a medium order of poutine

Belgian Fries on Urbanspoon