Eater PDX reports today that Vancouver, BC based Vera’s Burger Shack plans to expand to Portland.
Make way for more burgers, folks: The Vancouver, BC-based chain Vera’s Burger Shack, which operates 16 locations in BC (and one in Ottawa), has announced plans to open its first two U.S. expansion locations right here in Portland — with one slated for the Pearl District, providing direct competition to red-hot burger chain Little Big Burger.
The report indicates Vera’s plans to open the first of the new Portland branches in the Fall.
Vera’s online menu promises Poutine, The Quebecqois favourite, so on Twitter I queried if they’d be bringing poutine to Portland.
So stay tuned – a Fall review is forthcoming!
The Original: A Dinerant (300 SW 6th), local purveyor of fine poutine (and a breakfast version too!), presents the Poutine Challenge:
With a fanfare of trumpets and tympanic rolls, The Original invites Portland’s dining public to take The Poutine Challenge.
The goal is to fully eat five full pounds of French fried potatoes, cheese curds and brown gravy. And you have just 30 minutes to clean your plate.
Think you’re up to it? Visit The Original blot for details.
The very first poutine we reviewed here at Portland Poutine, back on October 26, 2009, was that from The Original: A Dinerant:
Despite the horked up name of this establishment (dinerant? really?), The Original: A Dinerant, cooks up crispy fries, stirs up an interesting gravy, and hides orange cheddar cheese curds beneath it all.
Gravy is known for its breakfast (and the 30 people out front Saturday and Sunday late mornings waiting to get in), and rightfully so.
But Gravy also has a lunch menu (weekdays only) . . . and Gravy Fries.
In all my Portland poutine perambulations, I’ve never encountered a truly satisfying vegetarian gravy – until now!
Not too long ago we were worried we’d run out of poutines in Portland to review. Portlanders recently lost a purveyor in Fats, and despite our keen eyes and ears we were not finding any new poutine offerings in the Rose City.
Astoria is my favorite town in Oregon after Portland. It’s got almost everything I need, including a walkable downtown, excellent coffee, and fantastic beer. In addition it has an interesting history and a gorgeous setting at the mouth of the Columbia River. One thing Astoria is missing, however, is poutine. But I have discovered a pair of poutinesque options in the first permanent U.S. settlement west of the Rocky Mountains.