Update: Also read the review: Breakfast Poutine at 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.
We arrived on a lazy Sunday afternoon to take advantage of the Original’s every day happy hour (3pm-6pm, until 8pm at the bar). Four bucks for a platter of poutine is a great deal! It was such a great deal we also ordered the scotch egg with mustard, and the pigs in a blanket made with a kobe beef frank and served with cheddar fondue(!).
In retrospect, along with our beer and punch, the poutine would have been more than enough for the two of us. Gah, I don’t know why we always order so much food. But the Original’s menu sports so many interesting items, it’s hard to resist.
This was the second time I’ve tried the poutine. The first time, months ago, I was put off by a slight maple flavor in the gravy. This time there was no trace of maple, just salty creamy goodness. The fries were fantastic. My only, slight, complaint is that the curds were largely clumped into a large mass beneath the pile. But a fork solved that conundrum.
The restaurant space is done up in an ultra modern mid-century modern. It’s open and high ceilinged, there’s a loungey mezzanine level too.
Heather especially liked the succulent garden beneath the stairs.
All in all a pleasant lazy afternoon happy hour. The service was great (perhaps because we were virtually the only customers there), and the food was interesting.
The poutine gets a thumbs up, especially the $4 happy hour priced version (regular price is $7.25, and you can add add foie gras for another $7). And you can even get the poutine with poached eggs at breakfast, though $11.50 seems kinda steep.
The Original: A Dinerant
300 SW 6th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97204