Friday, January 8, 2010

Potato Champion and the Dept. of Highfives

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If you've been reading this blog for a while, you just might remember Potato Champion. If not, you are forgiven. I can report that it's still excellent, and maybe even better than before. A small poutine, fries with gravy and cheese curds, was more than enough for a midnight snack for two.

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Back in June of '08, I wrote:
As America begins its unpleasant yet not unexpected decline, at least we can hope for a revival and possibly a new golden age of street food as costs raise, real wages stagnate, and people turn to the streets for some sweet relief. Or maybe: Portland, Oregon is an anomaly where many people can and will eat better than you or I in our larger and more diverse cities.

Well, the activity has only increased at 12th and Hawthorne with a healthy group of semi permanent street stalls serving up a diverse spread to a not particularly diverse clientele. Portland has a growing army of street stalls while my current home, the Bay Area, cities have made it almost impossible for purveyors of street food. Some vendors who can find no legal avenue have been given citations and even arrested for selling a sandwich. The city of Portland has obviously made some very different policy decisions and the street food scene is thriving. More on this later.

Potato Champion
SE 12th Ave and Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97255
Tuesday - Sunday 6pm to 3am
www.potatochampion.com

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