The Original

Written by on February 2, 2015 in I Eat America, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

( – Southwest neighborhood, Portland, Oregon

The Original

How I heard of this place: On a walking food-cart tour in September, my husband and I met a group of women from New Jersey – who are often in Portland on business. They made a number of recommendations, including The Original Dinerant. (More to come…)

The Original Entryway

Type of cuisine: Mod-Americana cuisine served with a dose of style and sophistication. We love food, and it shows. The Original is the perfect destination for unexpected all-day Portland dining.

The Original Looking Front

Our inspired menu of eclectic American cuisine takes on regional favorites and modifies them with local and seasonal ingredients resulting in flavors and textures unique to the Pacific Northwest.

The Original Postcard Wall

Unwind at our candle-lit bar for that much deserved post-prandial nightcap.

The Original Bar

At the Original, we honor the past as we listen in on the pulse of Portland’s adventurous and evolving tastes.

The Original Space

Ambiance: Bright and airy, the spacious, tall-ceilinged, window-lined establishment offers the welcome of a thoughtfully decorated and presented space within the comfort of a diner.

The Original Diner

Rusty brown booth seating, laminate table-tops and bright reds set against grey walls give patrons every reason to come in and stay for awhile.

The Original Back Seating

What I ordered: With yet another 45-minutes of Happy Hour, and the option of more for less, we knew what we had to do. My husband and I picked our favorites and then set out to share each dish, starting with Poutine ($6): french fries, cheese curds (and cheddar?) with gravy.

The Original HH Poutine

A Crispy Chicken Sandwich ($7) of breaded chicken breast, lettuce, tomato, onion, honey dijon spread on a brioche bun,

The Original HH Crispy Chicken Sandwich

the BBQ Brisket Hot Pockets ($4): two mini pockets stuffed with cheese curds and served alongside BBQ Fondue,

The Original HH BBQ Brisket Hot Pockets

Donut Burger Sliders ($5): mini buttermilk donuts, highland oak beef and Tillamook cheddar,

The Original HH Donut Sliders

Chicken & Waffle Sliders ($5): two quartered buttermilk waffle triangles topped with fried chicken and a drizzle of honey dijon.

The Original HH Chicken & Waffles

We started, and ended with our two Shakes ($6 each). For me, the shake of the day: Strawberry-Banana with a chocolate-hazelnut topping, and for my husband, the Cookies & Cream hand-dipped milkshake.

The Original Shakes

What I loved: The BBQ Brisket Hot Pockets, despite the wee size, stole the show for me, while the abundance of glaze surrounding the Donut Burger Sliders kept my husband most happy. The Strawberry-Banana Shake, a perfect balance of fresh fruit with creamy, ice-creamy consistency.

The Original Menus & Table

Why I loved it: A comfortable, trendy, hipster-vibed diner with Portland’s famous quality of creative food.

The Original Burger Menu

Cost: Average ($4 – $8 per happy hour menu item)

The Original Empty Plates

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