DogHouse PDX


The Dog House PDX

Location: SE 50th and Division at The Lot at Scout
Hours: Check Facebook for updated hours

The Story:

I actually remember the first time I had tater tots. We were a meat and potatoes and pancakes for dinner family living in deep southeast Portland when my mom came home one evening with this bag of Ore-Ida Tater Tots. When the cookie sheet came out of the oven and those tots were up for grabs, my brother, sister and I dove in. It was the best food we had tasted in our entire lives (I actually remember us exclaiming that while running through the house, screaming.) Now, some 30 odd years later, Tots are making a serious comeback as both comfort food and treats at high end restaurants. When we wrote about a cart serving tots as a side for burgers last year, the Internets blew up with comments. Now, we have a cart that takes tots to the next level – The Dog House PDX.

Timber from The Dog House PDX

Timber from The Dog House PDX

Timber and Ali, who brought us Yogio last year, knew that their pod in North Portland needed a comfort food cart, so they acquired a stepvan and converted it to serve up dogs and tots and everything in between. When I first heard of the cart, I thought they were just doing a variation on a hot dog cart, but their approach is to put together unique bowls of happy food funtime. You can either have a dog or tots which are then covered with your choice of topping and usually melted cheese. The dog or tots are called the bottom and tops could include gravy, bacon, a fried egg, jalapenos, black beans, chili, pineapple or pretty much anything you can imagine. A great concept that includes what many of us grew up on as children with the tastes we’ve learned to love over the years.

I highly suggest eating whatever you order at the lot instead of getting it to go. Why? Because they serve whatever you order in a great little dog dish and that is just cool. Picture a pile of tots covered with melted pepper jack cheese, onions, jalapenos and topped with a fried egg. Oh and don’t forget the kicker sauce which adds a little spice to the entire dish. Every bit of the dish captures the essences of childhood with the crispiness of the tots and the gooeyness of the melted cheese. While I don’t remember mom ever putting a fried egg on my tots, it worked. I felt like a kid again.

I wasn’t able to visit The Dog House when they first opened at North Station in north Portland. They moved last month to NE Alberta with Yogio to their own pod named Holy Trinity partnering with another cart that sells vintage clothing. I’m so happy to have finally enjoyed some of Timber’s tots and her excellent creations. I can only imagine they sell a boat load of tots once the sun goes down and the bars open up. Drop on by The Dog House, enjoy some tots, relive a childhood memory and let them know Food Carts Portland sent ya.

[Cart moved to the Lot at Scout in 2018]

Website: The Dog House PDX
Twitter: @TheDogHousePDX
Facebook: The Dog House PDX

Rip City over Tots

Rip City over Tots



  1. Sounds so good!

  2. you can get your tot fix late night too..
    tot bowls are served next door at YOGIO after dog house hours…
    wed 3:30-7:30pm
    thurs 6pm-midnight
    fri-sat 7:30pm-3am

    come fill your bowl…

  3. congradulations, good job girls, can’t wait to visit when I come in July

  4. This is such a stupid idea. I have long since left elementary school and have no desire to revisit the cuisine served in the cafeteria. Seriously this takes the cake for worst food cart gimmick ever.

  5. Idea sounded dumb at first, but just think what would u do with a baked potato and swap it out with tater tots. Surprisingly very good. Simple and easy.

  6. you forgot that we are open on sundays 11:30-7:30 also.


  7. kevin jahnsen says

    that’s it! Carts in Portland have now “jumped the shark.” I can see this being a hit with the late night, young, and drunk set. Otherwise it looks and sounds disgusting.

  8. Joe Cool says

    Everyone has their own tastes Kevin, way to have an open mind. You sound completely pretentious!

  9. OMG! Had the Rip City for brunch…tots + fried egg = perfection. Its like like breakfast hash but instead of fried squares of potatoes, you get TOTS!
    Going back this weekend for the pork-landia bowl…tots, gravy, egg, onions, jalapenos!

    And Kevin- don’t knock it till you try it. I’m a middle aged women that doesn’t drink or stay out late and I loved it!

  10. Some are saying that the concept is goofy, “jumping the shark” even but c’mon, it’s food. It’s silly, but I’d probably show up at this cart eating it on the ground.

    Okay maybe not, but I would try it. Chili and tots, or that Heartbreak Hotel? I hope to try the Dog House very soon.

  11. Timber's Dog House PDX says

    We are going MOBILE folks…we are working on our route as we speak and will be letting everyone know where to find us when it is finalized. excited to get back to cooking yummy treats for our loyal fans.

  12. Timber's Dog House PDX says

    our hours have changed for the woodstock location. Can you please update:
    mon: 11:47-7:01
    tues/wed: closed
    thurs-sat: 11:47-7:01
    sun: 12:57-7:01


  13. Hands down, best burger I’ve found in Portland. Timber is a burger maestro. I had almost lost hope, until yesterday when I ate at Timber’s Doghouse PDX.

  14. This place is nasty just tried burger and fries. Fries were soggy and burgers were soggy and tasted like hotdogs. And for twenty bucks no thanks won’t be revisiting this spot

  15. OMG! Just found this gem on SE Belmont. The burger is by far the best burger I have enjoyed in my adult life. I had the Truffle Treasure Tot Bowl, an adult version of a childhood love, tots topped with black truffle oil, chantrelle salt, asiago cheese, and garlic truffle aioli. Mouth explosion!!!

  16. Love the food. And there is nothing odd about tots and fried egg with jalapenos. I just call it breakfast. You have home fries…the tots, fried egg , and then jalapenos…that’s the seasoning. Keep at it. Remember, if you look at it strictly from a scientific viewpoint, you are not what you eat…you are what eats you!

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