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Any Poutine In Boston?

Just read a post on fries in general topics and it reminded me how much I love poutine, anywhere in Boson serve this delicious snack?

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  1. You might need to head north to Manchester, NH - several places serve it there....

    1. I believe the poutine place in Marchester is Chez Vachon.
      I have not been, but this is an often asked question on the boards.

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      1. re: Lighthousehunter

        Yep, Chez Vachon is the place to go. They have very odd hours. I think that they close at 2PM on the days that they are open.


        1. re: eatanddestroy

          Also a place called the Pine Street Eatery in Nashua,
          according to posters on the N.E. board,

      2. I've seen poutine on the bar menu at Gargoyle's off-and-on and I believe it was there the last time I passed by (Monday). I have no idea of the quality but I'd guess it's good based on the praise the place gets here.

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        1. re: po_boy

          It's currently on their bar menu. I also noticed it on the specials menu last week at All Star Sandwich.


          1. re: po_boy

            Gargoyle's has it here and there, randomly, but they make it with waffle fries, blech.

          2. Another poster on here pointed me towards the frites au Bercy on the bar menu at les Zygomates. They're not poutine but I think they'll satisfy your craving.

            1. All Star Sandwich Bar has it. I know 'cause I had no idea what it was when I read the menu for the first time last week. Didn't, but plan to, try it.


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              1. re: dikaryon

                defo on menu at all star, i'll try it and report my findings.

              2. i was just flickin through the channels and saw phantom gourmet and even though phantom doesnt know sh!t i did see a place with poutine. harvest. it's in harvard square. it's 9 bux but it looked worth it.

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                1. re: parmigianoIke

                  Harvest does serve poutine on their bar menu but they make it with chicken velouté as opposed to traditional beef gravy, and they add bacon. the question, "why mess with a classic?" must be asked.

                  1. re: krylon80

                    Have had the Harvest version....yes, not beef gravy, but so yummy we ordered a 2nd batch!

                2. (I've deleted my original comment, I linked to a thread that discussed Quebecois food but there not much about poutine: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/342280)

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                    1. re: Guinness02122

                      I was up in Montreal this weekend and had some really great Poutin. It's the kind of thing you crave once a year and then you're done with it for another 365 days!

                      1. re: heWho

                        I crave it more often in the winter months than I do in the summer.

                  1. Harvest in Cambridge has it on the bar menu.

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                    1. re: hsquare2southend

                      Harvest in Harvard Sq. does serve poutine on their bar menu but they make it with chicken velouté as opposed to traditional beef gravy, and they add bacon. the question, "why mess with a classic?" must be asked.

                    2. The Biltmore in Newton Upper Falls had it on their menu, but I haven't tried it.

                      1. You can get "disco fries" at any diner in New Jersey. :-)

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                        1. re: tamerlanenj

                          realize that disco fries use melted cheese, while poutine uses cheese curds, two very different things. poutine > disco fries.

                          1. re: krylon80

                            Hence the smiley. :)

                            disco fries are still good though: the ultimate 2:30 a.m. post drinking food. My favorite new jersey evening: beers and the jukebox. at Tierney's in Montclair, late night cheese fries with gravy at the Pilgrim diner in Cedar Grove.

                        2. The best poutine I've had in reach of Boston is in Portland at DuckFat. Note: it's only served one way, with gravy and cheese curds, and the fries and gravy are duck-based so it's not vegetarian. It's $7, absolutely delicious (and somewhat salty) and fills you to the brim in a way nothing but poutine can.

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                          1. They have poutine at the All Star Sandwich Bar in Inman Square - I actually think it's their best dish (I'm kind of a picky sandwich person, but a very easy gravy-cheese-fries person, apparently).

                            You can see a pdf of their menu at their website: http://www.allstarsandwichbar.com/pdf...

                            Poutine is $5.95 (listed under "Sides"


                            All Star Sandwich Bar
                            1245 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

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                            1. re: weloveheidi

                              The poutine at All Star was decent but doesn't compare to the real thing in Montreal. They sprinkle them with green onions and if you ask them not to, they still do. The cheese curds didn't seem fresh either.

                              1. re: weloveheidi

                                Eat at Jumbos in Ball Square also has it. It's not bad, though I think All Star's is better.

                              2. More an entree-sized, gourmet take, but the mix grill sausages at Pops is a lovely variant: three housemade sausages (wild boar, rabbit, duck), cheese curds, and a short rib gravy atop their excellent hand-cut fries. On their regular dinner menu, not the small plates one.


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                                  1. re: chickendhansak

                                    Made a trip for this at the weekend. It was superb. The sausages are small but extremely well made and prepared. Decent fries with an excellent gravy. The whole thing is served in a small cast iron pan. We also had the Smithfield ham flat bread (very good) and the fried oysters (not up to the standard of the rest of it), and squash tortellini (very good). Thanks for the tip!

                                1. had them saturday night at the ale house in amesbury - very tasty !

                                    1. I had the tater tot poutine at Lower Depths last week. Fried tots, smothered in gravy, with melted cheese on top. Definitely a basterdized version, but I wanted two more plates of it.

                                      Lower Depths
                                      476 Commonwealth Ave Ste 1, Boston, MA 02215

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                                      1. re: gini

                                        Just had it last night - damn, that was delicious. While I like a rich beef gravy on my homemade version, the chicken (or maybe even turkey) gravy on top really blended well with the tots and cheese. While it was a massive plate ($8, if I remember right) I, too, could have put away a couple more. That with a grilled dog and a couple barleywines put me in a very good mood.

                                      2. I just spoke with the chef of The Gallows on Washington, which should be opening in late May/early June. He was the one who put this on the Biltmore's menu (Newton Upper Falls) and was making his own cheese for it. (I can't speak to what the Biltmore is doing these days.) At The Gallows they'll be hand-cutting fries to order and making cheese once again...and there will also be a handful of different takes on poutine in addition to the classic presentation.

                                        The Biltmore
                                        1205 Chestnut St, Newton Upper Falls, MA 02464

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                                        1. re: EatPayLeave

                                          Really? You promise????? I loooooved the poutine at the Biltmore, and the new folks totally screwed it up [at least it was fairly nasty last time I was there, which was a while ago]. When you say "on Washington", where do you mean? Newton? Details please!!! :)

                                          edited to add: just Googled and saw that it will be in the South End...can't wait!

                                          1. re: kt1969

                                            The Gallows is going into the old Sage space, right across from the Cathedral. There's serious construction work in progress. I peeked and saw that the bar is now fronted with old brick. I too was a big Biltmore fan, hated what the idiot owner did with it after ejecting the opening team. Looking forward to having a gastropub-type place in the neighborhood.


                                            The Biltmore
                                            1205 Chestnut St, Newton Upper Falls, MA 02464

                                            1. re: MC Slim JB

                                              I am reporting back that the 4 varieties of poutine are all delicious...the OCC (out o' control) changes each day... I had beef tounge/cheeck/tail tidbits and a fried egg on top-in addition to the traditional gravy and cheese curd...and there was a bbq version of the OCC a couple days later. Vegitarians won't be dissapointed w/ their option and neither will fans of fois gras who will delight in each and every scrumptous morsel. Enjoy!

                                        2. Note that Trina's Starlite Lounge periodically does a poutine dog as its Dog of the Day. I've only seen this once on the menu so far, did not try it myself.


                                          Trina's Starlite Lounge
                                          3 Beacon St, Somerville, MA 02143

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                                          1. re: MC Slim JB

                                            Had it a week ago (to the day). It was good but not the best DOTD that I've had there. I enjoyed it but ended up feeling a little disappointed, likely due to anticipation of what exactly a poutine dog would involve - but there wasn't anything wrong with it. They had their fries, covered in their gravy, covered with a split open hot dog and melted cheese curds. I'd say that if one had a serious poutine hankering it probably wouldn't do, but otherwise one could do far worse than to order that.

                                          2. They have a rendition at Kingfish called "sexy fries", which are hand cut fries with pretty good cheese and a decent mushroom gravy. The problem I have with them is there was not enough cheese or gravy and the fries are somewhat dry and molded together in a mini cast iron skillet(?). Still not bad for a side order at about $5 if I recall correctly.

                                            1. There may be fries with cheese and gravy but this a poutine does not make. To be poutine, the fries must be thin cut and very crisp and the cheese must be in curd form and must squeak when you chew them (assuming the have not gotten a bit melty from the sauce) - indicating freshness. The gravy is where the most liberty can be taken. If, and only if you can find a product with these qualities, you'll have found poutine.

                                              1. Elephant and Castle has several variations of it on their menu. Not bad. Real cheese curd.

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                                                1. re: IvanaEatwell

                                                  Saus (33 Union Street, Boston) has a pretty great poutine. The curds aren't as big as my ideal Montreal poutine plate, but the version they serve with pork belly (or a deep fried egg, if you're really adventurous) makes up for that...

                                                  1. re: huuvola

                                                    I agree, Saus is passable. Not Montreal, but decent. Plus, they have a solid selection of good, strong beer to wash it down.

                                                2. Surprisingly (to me), the best poutine I've had in the metro area is at The Friendly Toast. Rich gravy over thin-cut crispy fries and actual cheese curds. It's the only place I've been to in the area that doesn't just serve up cheese fries with a ladle of gravy and call it 'poutine'.

                                                  1. I haven't had it, but I know the Gallows has poutine on the menu.

                                                    Boston Chops also has a poutine loaded baked potato.

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                                                    1. re: addiez

                                                      Tried the breakfast Poutine at the Gallows recently. It was really good but enough food to feed three people! Traditional gravy and cheese curds but then they added scrambled egg and Canadian bacon. Worth a visit.


                                                    2. Deep Ellum in Allston has some darn good poutine! Also, a swanky beer list and good cocktails. Plus, Lonestar is next door and serve some of the best tacos in Boston.

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                                                      1. re: partymeat

                                                        I had the Deep Ellum poutine the other day. It was pretty good but the cheese didn't seem like the traditional cheese curds. It was just a decent melted cheese. At least that's how it tasted and felt to me. No cheese curd consistency/squeak which is a key element to good poutine IMO.

                                                          1. re: Jenny Ondioline

                                                            Their menu says cheese curd but it certainly didn't have that taste, look or texture. It was still pretty good. But gravy, fries and melted cheese is pretty hard to mess up.

                                                            1. re: Gordough

                                                              I'm sure it was, but they'd be more truthful if they called that combo what it is: disco fries, aka gravy fires, aka wet fries. You can probably charge more for "poutine," though.

                                                              1. re: Jenny Ondioline

                                                                It's like banh mi. For better or worse (I say the latter, but ...) it has become a generic term for a food item that's vaguely in the spirit of the original

                                                      2. The Beehive also has a Poutine brunch dish