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Poutine in Orange County?

elmomonster Sep 19, 2006 08:49 PM

Any updated leads on finding poutine in Orange County?

Poutine is basically a mound of thick fries, doused with a gravy and topped with cheese curds (which should melt from the heat of the gravy and fries).


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    mayjay Feb 21, 2011 12:28 PM

    I had this at Haven Gastropub in Orange. I'd be curious to know how authentic it is (it was as you described above).

    Haven Gastropub
    190 S Glassell St, Orange, CA 92866

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    1. re: mayjay
      skjax Feb 21, 2011 05:08 PM

      Yeah, they have oxtail poutine at Haven. I didn't care for it at all. Wayyyyyyyy too salty.

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        Das Ubergeek Feb 22, 2011 08:25 AM

        It's tasty but not particularly authentic (and by "authentic", I mean "served the way you would expect if you simply ordered a plate of poutine in Québec). Poutine is normally fries, curds and sauce; additions of meat and whatnot are non-canonical but very common in Québec. Le Pied de Cochon in Montréal serves a foie gras poutine, after all...

        The poutine from Frysmith is closer but is shockingly salty—due, I suspect, to the gravy being held and concentrating, a common poutine sin in je-me-souviens land as well.

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        BobtheBigPig Jul 8, 2010 11:12 PM

        In case anyone is now re-reading this resurrected 4-year-old thread, I feel obliged to point out that the Canadian Cafe in Monrovia is, sadly, out of business.

        Poutine is indeed a Quebec thing. I've had it at a Quebec-styled place in Vancouver called Rooster's Quarters (also out of business). It was ghastly.

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          dale427 Jul 8, 2010 01:24 PM

          Animal has poutine. On Fairfax in LA http://www.animalrestaurant.com/

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            OCAnn Jul 8, 2010 01:37 PM

            OP asked for OC.

          2. PaulF Dec 21, 2006 10:49 PM

            Sorry for bringing up an old(er) thread but I'm curious:

            According to Wikipedia (maybe not the most accurate account), poutine only works with fresh cheese curd and cheese curd is only fresh right from the factory -- as in not even fresh the next day fresh.

            Something about losing it's squeak, too.

            So, is the poutine in SoCal being made with fresh cheese curd from a local cheese factory (are there cheese factories that local) or is the poutine being made with cheese that isn't fresh cheese curd?

            I'd be curious to know which SoCal places are actually doing this dish the authentic way.

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              prncsjenny Sep 29, 2006 10:08 PM

              i don't know about OC, but in on westwood blvd there's a really great place called soleil that has poutine on the weekends for brunch

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              1. re: prncsjenny
                wilafur Oct 3, 2006 04:44 PM

                have you tried the poutine at soleil? if so, how was it?

              2. elmomonster Sep 20, 2006 03:30 PM

                Thanks all for the tips!


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                  doctom Sep 20, 2006 01:38 AM

                  Unless it has closed, how about Cafe Casse Croute in Anaheim on Brookhurst between Ball and Lincoln? We've never been (the gravitic pull of Kareem's fatteh is irrisistable) but they are supposed to be Canadian.


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                    boutmuet Feb 21, 2011 08:59 PM

                    I love Cafe Casse Croute and have been there on a number of occasions but they do not have poutine. I know the Frysmith food truck sometimes has poutine, they occasionally make it out to Orange County I think.

                    Cafe Casse Croute
                    656 S Brookhurst St, Anaheim, CA 92804

                  2. Silver Lake Guy Sep 19, 2006 09:55 PM

                    Definitely not OC but Silver Lake has Dusty's. The owner hails from Montreal and offers poutine along with a number of other specialties, including the croque monsieur and madame. Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

                    3200 W Sunset Blvd @ Descanso Dr
                    LA CA 90026
                    (323) 906-1018

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                      SouthOCHound Sep 19, 2006 09:48 PM

                      I stand corrected. Thank you, Prof. Their website says: "We are the Poutine and Real Canadian Bacon Capitol of California." How's that for ya?


                      1. Professor Salt Sep 19, 2006 09:38 PM

                        Don't know about OC, but there's the Canadian Cafe in Monrovia. I recall they have poutine, but have never tried it personally.

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                          WildSwede Sep 19, 2006 10:37 PM

                          It's good - heart attack on a plate, but good! And vegetarian!! Last time I was in there I had a discussion with one of the people about it - there are no meat products in the gravy!

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                          SouthOCHound Sep 19, 2006 09:26 PM

                          That's French Canadian, isn't it? I'm not even sure you're going to find a place on the West Coast that has it. Hopefully I'm wrong...

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