PB&J Fries Hot fries topped with spicy peanut satay sauce and raspberry chipotle sauce.
Price: Small $3.50
Poutine Hot fries topped with cheddar cheese curds and house made gravy.
Price: Small $4.00
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.
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