Monday, August 1, 2016
Friday, July 29, 2016
Another Vermont-area review from Marcia. Thanks for this!
We were a little disappointed. The hand-cut “frites” were sweet potato (I love the fact that they are called “frites” on the menu), which didn’t have the heft or crunch to sustain the toppings, which included a small-ish schmear of duck confit (if you can shmear a confit, that is), as well as a gravy with “rosemary and candy cap”… being too embarrassed to ask what that was all about, we just ate it. Turns out that they are mushrooms (according to Wikipedia – “Candy cap or curry milkcap is the English-language common name for several closely related edible species of Lactarius; L. camphoratus, L. fragilis, and L. rubidus. These mushrooms are valued for their highly aromatic qualities and are used culinarily as a flavoring rather than as a vegetable.”). Well, we didn’t get the highly aromatic qualities since there was a lot of rosemary as well, but the gravy was very tasty... And the “curds” … again – Vermont cheddar, no squeak. But not a bad effort. We all decided if we went back to this restaurant, we’d explore the menu further and skip a poutine revisit. But, we all recommend that if you have a hankering for a more exotic poutine, you give it a try.
I would give it a 4 out or 5 curds
15 Center Street, Burlington VT
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Lucky us! Reviewer Marcia visited Vermont on a poutine discovery trip and found two worthy contenders. These are our first reviews from that state.Thanks for the reviews Marcia!
The fries were hot, thin and crispy with a hint of garlic, the gravy was (as they always say on the TV Food Network) unctuous, which is a fancy food word for thick, creamy and tasty. The ground lamb was great… but then there were the curds. Cheddar cheese! Poutine aficionados would likely have scoffed at them – no squeak to be heard (and it wasn’t just because the restaurant was extremely noisy)… they just weren’t the squeaking type of curd. But they were delicious… and the whole plate of poutine disappeared before the fries had a chance to get cold.
I would give it 5 out of 5 curds!
20 Winooski Falls Way, Winooski VT
Monday, July 11, 2016
Okay, now they've thought of everything! My friend Jen saw poutine flavoured sausages by Johnsonville in Newfoundland this week. I haven't seen them here but am anxious to give them a try. Anyone out there try them? Lemme know!
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
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Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Our reviewer Jack D'Mestiere was none too pleased when he spied this poutine.
His review is brief.
His review is brief.
If you would like to go to the only place that serves poutine where the cook apparently has never had or seen poutine, this is your place...
His rating? You guessed it. 0 out of a possible 0 curds.
I mean, come one, how could you even call this poutine?
Red Star Tavern, 503 SW Alder St., Portland, OR 97204 Tel: 503-222-0005
Sunday, February 7, 2016
Yesterday, we headed over to St. Albert, Ontario, to the St. Albert Cheese Factory.
Several years ago, the factory was destroyed by fire so it was rebuilt and they added a huge restaurant and gift shop.
It was Poutine Week, so we figured it was a good chance to try a few different pouts!
We missed the poutine eating contest by only a few hours.
Richard tried the Italian poutine which came with Italian sausage.
I went for the Montreal smoked meat poutine. The meat was delicious but for me, there was too much added smoked meat spice added on top.
Richard was shocked but I added a bit of mustard to the pout. That meat was great and it needed the hit.
Our final analysis? The fries were too soggy and not crisp enough. But the gravy was tasty and good and hot. And the curds? Best and freshest ever, natch. We gave them both a 4 out of a possible 5 curds. Extra points for the recyclable cardboard serving box. I guess that boosts them to a 4.5 out of 5.
St. Albert Cheese Co-op, 150 St. Paul St., St. Albert, ON K0A 3C0
Tel: 613-987-2872 Toll free: 1-800-465-1553
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Sunday, January 3, 2016
The first poutine of the year? A shawarma poutine at Big Boy Shawarma in Hawkesbury, Ontario.
My dining partner chose the somewhat healthier fare.
I threw caution to the wind, and tried Big Boy's shawarma poutine which is garlic roasted potatoes, chicken and beef shaved off a hot spit and melted mozzarella.
Okay, so it's not exactly a classic poutine. No fries? No curds? True! But it was darn yummy! I can't rate it like the other poutines on this site, but if you want something sorta, kinda like a poutine, that's very filling (two can share this baby), I'd give it a thumbs up.
Big Boy Sharwarma, 452 County Rd 15, Unit 30, Hawkesbury, ON
Sunday, December 20, 2015
Garnish, garnish, garnish. For many the idea of the classic, simple, uncomplicated grub of Canadian palates just isn’t enough. Poutine has seen its fair share of creative redesigns from the bold and brave restaurateurs determined to reach a new echelon of poutine perfection, and the stomachs eager to gobble it all down. Although the straightforward meat, cheese, gravy combo will always have its place in the kitchens of the greasy spoons, it’s got some stiff competition. Restaurants have upped the ante on the poutine.
Dunn’s Famous has a rich history and stellar track record of consistently providing savoury smoked meat to the patrons of Montreal for decades. With over 88 years under its belt, the delicatessen has managed to remain an authentic staple in Montreal’s restaurant scene. With a philosophy of “no quick fixes and no cutting corners,” Dunn’s has kept their tradition of stacking the smoked meat as high as they were in 1927 when the franchise was born. And their offerings have since expanded to include another staple of Quebec culture.
Of the numerous South Shore restaurants, Dunn’s Famous, nestled just a stone’s throw away from Montreal, offers an tantalizing spin on poutine that is uniquely famous:
The poutine that will make you want to call your mama! Here, the classic gravy is replaced with an Italian-inspired meat sauce so delicious, spaghetti will be crying foul.
Think pizza minus the dough. This poutine gives you sautéed mushrooms, onions, peppers, pepperoni and Dunn’s homemade gravy. It’s pizza for when you don’t actually want a pizza.
LE HOT CHICKEN
What came first, the chicken breast or the peas? In addition to these ingredients, the poutine is topped once again with Dunn’s homemade gravy and fresh cheese curds. Handle with care!
Go head to head with this Dunn’s creation of chicken tenders cloaked in buffalo sauce and topped with shallots. No guarantee you’ll grow buffalo horns, though.
The namesake of the restaurant, this Quebecoise poutine is packed with the Dunn’s famous smoked meat. It’s a 2-in-1 for the newbies to poutine and to Montreal’s famous smoked meat.
If you were to weigh all of Dunn’s poutines, this one would take the top spot. You’ve got your fries and seasoned ground beef garnished with banana peppers, shallots, cheddar cheese and sour cream. Chances are by the time you’re done you’ll be in a satisfying food coma.
If these selections just aren’t enough to fulfill your Dunn’s poutine cravings you can always build your own with extra cheese, hot dog, bacon, smoked meat, grilled chicken, ground beef and sautéed onions and mushrooms.
Montreal’s premier deli doesn’t skirt on ingredients, flavour or polish on the menu. In fact, you can’t get any messier than with poutine and smoked meat. With an array of traditional offerings mixed in with modern dishes, Dunn’s is a restaurant that young and old can enjoy. If you’re ever in the Montreal area, this is one stop you can’t ignore.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Saturday, November 7, 2015
I heard from Jill who admits shes obsessed with poutine. She also happens to love hiking! She says, "I feel if I hike I am allowed a poutine. I am the founder of Rocky Mountain High Est. 2015 and have created a I HIKE FOR POUTINE shirt."
She's offered readers of this blog 30% off any order using the discount code POUTINE. Click HERE for the link to this fun t-shirt!
Thanks for the heads up Jill!
Thursday, November 5, 2015
At the grocery store the other day I came across the new offerings in the frozen food case from President's Choice, a brand available across Canada in Loblaws, Your Independent Grocer and others. I also think the brand is available at various stores in the U.S.
More looking and there were the "kits" where I suppose there are different pouches and you create your own pulled beef poutine. I imagine you cook up the fries first and add thawed beef and frozen curds...
Also offered was a butter chicken poutine kit. It seems butter chicken is a popular flavour choice these days....President's Choice makes a butter chicken lasagna that is a best seller (it's terrific!) and this year they created butter chicken spring rolls. But poutine? The jury is out. If any of my faithful readers tries one of these creations, lemme know. I think I'll have to try one myself. Stay tuned.
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
My friend Betty, a longtime poutine lover, chimes in on her latest tasting...
Frisco Fries, Georgetown Marketplace, 280 Guelph St., Georgetown, ON L7G 4B1
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
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Sunday, September 27, 2015
Friday, June 12, 2015
You gotta check this out! Step-by-step instructions on how to make this Poutine Tornado. brought to you by the Montreal Blog. Click here to get your instructions. And if you make it before I do, please let me know how it turns out!
Sunday, May 17, 2015
On vacation last week, we headed for Ithaca, NY to Coltivare to try their poutine.
The restaurant is basically built into a parking garage but despite that,
it's very bright and open.
it's very bright and open.
We ordered the duck poutine and dug in. Great fries that were nice and crispy. Big problem: See any curds? They were on the bottom, under the fries (?)
We all loved the flavour of the gravy but it lost points for being just too darn thick. Overall, the average of three judges gave it a 3.5 curds out of a possible five.
Am I allowed to show this on a poutine blog? Grilled romaine. We had this as a side as a healthy part of our lunch.
And I'm just throwing this in there...just loved the bathroom signs. Ladies room left, men's to the right and in between? Grant Wood's American Gothic. Thought it was kind of neat.
Coltivare Culinary Center, 235 S. Cayuga St., Ithaca, NY 14950