Whiffies Fried Pies – Mac and Cheese Whiffie Pie & Mounds Whiffie Pie

The Food

Mac and Cheese Whiffie pie

Mac and Cheese Whiffie Pie – with Tillamook sharp cheddar and Gruyere.
Price: $4.00

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

Mounds Whiffie pie

Mounds Whiffie Pie – coconut cream with chocolate chips
Price: $3.00

Rating: ★★★★½ 

The Review

Easy to hold, Whiffie Pies are a meal in a handy grab and go pie shell. They have a variety of savory and sweet pies (and vegan too!). Each pie is fried when you order it, so there is always a bit of a wait even if there is no line. Then you have to wait for the pie to cool a bit (if you can) so you don’t burn your mouth (a foodie lifestyle hazard!).

The mac and cheese pie was exactly what you would expect, mac and cheese in a pie shell. The pie dough was cooked to a golden brown colour and was crispy and tender. The mac and cheese was average homemade mac and cheese and it felt like a little something else added to the mix would have made it awesome. Checking today’s menu online shows the cheese mix today to be Tillamook Sharp with Gorgonzola and it has peas or peas and bacon added to the pies. This sounds fantastic and we are disappointed to have missed these variations. Next time!

The mounds pie was the same pie crust as the mac and cheese one but filled with coconut cream and melted chocolate chips. Every bite was filled with coconut flavour and chocolate chips were evenly distributed. They have succeeded in emulating a mounds chocolate bar and making it even better. I might be a little biased because Mounds bars are one of my favourite chocolate bars but I loved this dessert.

Reviewers

B –  Mounds Pie, Mac and Cheese Pie
M –  Mounds Pie, Mac and Cheese Pie
G –  Mac and Cheese Pie
S –  Mac and Cheese Pie

Whiffie Pies
SE 12th and Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR
Tel: (503) 946-6544
http://www.whiffies.com/

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Fiamma Burger – Beef Fiamma Burger w/ Garlic Fries and Chicken Sausage Burger w/ Sweet Potato Fries

The Food

Beef Fiamma Burger with Cheese – with lettuce, tomato, pickle, onion, secret sauce and cheddar jack cheese on a toasted house baked bun.
Price: $6.75

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Garlic Fries – tossed in garlic butter, Parmesan and fresh parsley.
Price: $3.95

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Chicken Sausage Burger with sweet potato fries

Chicken Sausage Burger – Isernio’s provolone and herb chicken with lettuce, tomato, pickles, onion, and secret sauce.
Price: $5.75

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Sweet Potato Fries – dusted with chili lime spice and a side of Fiamma ranch.
Price: $2.95

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

The Review

Quite a few Canadians think of Bellingham as only Bellis Fair Mall and the other big box stores that line Meridian east of the I-5. If you venture to the west of the freeway, you’ll find a small city filled with funky independent stores and restaurants. Here Fiamma Burger is a contemporary burger joint with a west coast vibe. The curved walls are covered in strips of wood, the tables are raw wood and a long wooden communal table stretches the length of the seating area. The place emphasizes  fresh, all-natural food and has a variety of different types of meat or non-meat options for their burgers.

We decided on a chicken sausage burger with yam fries and a beef Fiamma burger with cheese and garlic fries and ordered them at the till. Beside the till were many options for sauces (spicy mustard, yellow mustard, ketchup, mayo, chipotle ketchup, curry mayo, BBQ) to customize your burger or your fry dipping. Our baskets of food were brought out to us as everything is made to order.

The chicken sausage burger was extremely tasty and juicy. Juices were literally dripping through the wrap. The bun was extremely fresh with a nice crispness to the outside.The yam fries were cooked perfectly with just enough crunch and the chili lime spice was a good complement to the yam flavor. The chipotle ketchup was also good with these fries.

The Fiamma burger was fresh and the meat had good beef flavour but it was a little on the bland side. With the fresh bun, veggies and good cheese, it still was a decent burger. It’s possible the burger seemed a little bland compared to the strong flavour of the garlic fries. The large portion of fries was smothered in Parmesan cheese, garlic and parsley and were so addictive!

Fiamma Burger has quality burgers for a reasonable price. If you want something different than just a typical beef burger then this is the place to head to. Don’t forget the garlic fries!

Reviewers

B –  Chicken sausage burger, yam fries
M –  Fiamma burger with cheese, garlic fries

Fiamma Burger
1309 Railroad Ave, Bellingham, WA, 98225
Tel: (360) 733-7374  www.fiammaburger.com

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Jethro’s Fine Grub – Biscuits and Gravy, Gold Rush Pancakes, The Cowboys Breakfast

The Food

Jethro's Fine Grub - Biscuits and Gravy

Biscuits and Gravy – Two fluffy buttermilk biscuits, open faced and smothered with house made country gravy.
Price: $5.00

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Jethro's Fine Grub - Gold Rush Pancakes

Gold Rush Pancakes Two buttermilk pancakes with brown sugar baked bananas folded into the batter stuffed with caramel, pecans and streusel. Topped with more caramel, pecans and streusel and whipped butter.
Price: $10.00

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Jethro's Fine Grub - Cowboy Breakfast

Cowboys Breakfast – Three eggs, any style, with 2 slices smoked bacon, 2 sausages, 2 grilled chorizo and chili smothered hashbrowns. Served with corn cakes
Price: $12.00**

Rating: ★★★★½ 

The Review

Sunday morning found us having to drive into Vancouver for an errand. The challenge became where could we go for breakfast that would fulfill 3 criteria: cheap, interesting food and with decent reviews. A harder task than you might think. After over an hour of web searches and debate we settled on Jethro’s Fine Grub in the Dunbar area of Vancouver.

Jethro’s Fine grub is a small casual diner serving up hearty comfort food. We were able to walk right in and get a table, but a line quickly developed during our time there. The servers were very friendly and attentive as we poured over the menu and placed our order. We decided on the cowboy’s breakfast, gold rush pancakes and a side of biscuits and gravy.

I must have looked anxious or hungry or both because the server assured me that our food would be out soon and then brought out the biscuits and gravy before the rest of the breakfast. Biscuits and gravy are a rarity north of the 49th parallel. These biscuits were large, soft, a little on the dense side but tasty. In the end, the biscuit is just a vehicle for their fabulous gravy. The thick (chicken?) gravy is full of bacon pieces and a ton of bacon flavour. The salty gravy was addicting and we had to pace ourselves as we saw the large platefuls of food that were being delivered to other patrons.

When our plates arrived, our server told us that they added an extra egg to the cowboys breakfast because one of the yolks broke (we couldn’t tell) and that I might be able to have some. Looking down at my own plate sized double stack of stuffed pancakes I was skeptical. Our server assured me that the pancakes are great as leftovers (like a banana muffin).

The cowboys breakfast was delicious! The rustic plate was heaping with 6 pieces of meat. The chorizo was spicy, the maple bacon was cooked well (chewy, not over done) and the breakfast sausages were moist and on the large size. The corn cakes were laced with cumin and were great for dunking into the yokes of the perfectly cooked over-easy eggs. The chili over the pan fried potatoes was full of flavor and topped with a dollop of sour cream. We know our site tries to keep our eats under $10 dollars but this plate is an exception. We’ve paid a lot more for less, especially in Vancouver. For it’s size and quality, this meal at $12 is still considered to be a cheap eat.

As you can see from the photo, the gold rush pancakes were huge! The buttermilk pancakes were fluffy and dotted with brown sugar coated bananas slices and pecan halves. There was caramel sauce and large chunks of streusel in between the pancakes with more caramel and streusel on top.  Wow. There was no need for syrup as the pancakes were moist and the caramel and bananas provided the sweetness. The streusel tasted like shortbread and added another crunchy dimension to the meal. I made a valiant effort but was only able to eat just under half of the double stack. The server was quick to provide a to go box with rewarming instructions written on the box in black sharpee.

Speaking of leftovers, the heavy box of pancakes kept our car smelling of caramel and bananas while we ran our errands. Later that night, we warmed them up according to the instructions and topped them with ice cream for dessert. Yum!

If you are looking for a hearty meal for breakfast or lunch, that is a good value for your money and with awesome service, head out to Jethro’s Fine Grub on Dunbar. Be prepared to wait, but it is worth it. There were so many good sounding items on the menu, we can’t wait until our next visit.

Reviewers

B –  Biscuits and Gravy, Cowboy’s Breakfast
M –  Biscuits and Gravy, Gold Rush Pancakes

Jethro’s Fine Grub
3420 Dunbar Street Vancouver, BC, V6S 2C2
Tel: (604) 569-3441
www.jethrosfinegrub.com

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The Potato Champion – PB&J Fries and Poutine

The Food

PB&J Fries

PB&J Fries Hot fries topped with spicy peanut satay sauce and raspberry chipotle sauce.

Price: Small $3.50

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Poutine

Poutine Hot fries topped with cheddar cheese curds and house made gravy.

Price: Small $4.00

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

The Review

The Potato Champion is a late night fry cart at the pod called Cartopia located at SE 12th and Hawthorne Blvd in Portland. On approach, the first thing that caught our eye was the “PB&J fries” on the menu. Peanut satay and raspberry chipotle sauce sound good independently on their own, but would they be good together on fries? Well, we had to test that out. Being Canadian, the second item we had to order was their poutine. Coming from the land where most fast food places and even Costco have poutine on their menus, we figured we would be a good judge of quality poutine.

After a short wait for fresh fries, we received our “heavy for their size” baskets of fries and sauce. The PB&J fries looked a little daunting. It must be because you don’t expect that sort of look of sauciness on fries. Any trepidation was gone after the first bite. The flavors where definitely Thai inspired and where you expected noodles, there were fries and that was a great substitute. A hands down favourite and something that we have been craving ever since.

The poutine looked like it had potential with it’s obviously homemade gravy and large cheese curds. Where it fell short was the large cheese curds were too large to melt (in fact many were cold in the middle), and therefore the poutine was missing it’s melty stringiness that it needs to be poutine. The gravy was good with lots of pepper and visible onion bits. Fix the melting of the cheese and this will also be a great dish.

Reviewers

B –  PB&J Fries, Poutine

M –  PB&J Fries, Poutine

The Potato Champion
SE Hawthorne Blvd & SE 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97214
www.thepotatochampion.com

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