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.
Fort George Brewery, in addition to brewing fantastic beers (especially dark stouts and porters), also offers chili cheese fries on the menu. Alas, I have not yet had the pleasure of trying them.
However this past Sunday morning Heather and I had brunch at one of our favorite restaurants in Astoria: Bridgewater Bistro. One of the breakfast specials was described simply as chips topped with cheese and eggs. Excitedly I ordered it, as I assumed there had to be some other flavoring – perhaps gravy?
But that was not the case. As you can see in the close up photo above, the special really was just french fries, cheese, and a couple eggs. It was a solid breakfast – the cheese was sharp, the fries were crispy, and the eggs were perfect. And heck, the egg yolks were almost like gravy – rich enough anyway.
There’s also another poutinesque item on the regular lunch menu at Bridgewater Bistro: over-the-top fries, french fries topped with gorgonzola cheese and pepper-bacon crumbles. Perhaps we’ll give them a try on our next visit . . .
20 Basin Street
Astoria, Oregon 97103