Potato Champion is the grandaddy of Portland poutine. I have no doubt that more Portlanders tried poutine for the first time at this modest food cart parked at the corner of SE Hawthorne and 12th than at any other poutine purveyor in town.
The fries are excellent, and there are plenty of cheese curds plopped on top. The gravy though, is strange. It’s oniony and tart (but not vinegary, and not sweet like at Fats Pub). Due to the tang, It’s not my personal favorite, though plenty of Portlander swear by Potato Champion’s poutine.
Indeed, my brother Steve, visiting from Elko, Nevada, tried Potato Champion poutine for his first time on recent return to Portland, and he was quite amenable to the tang.
SE 12 and Hawthorne Food Cart Pod