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hch_nguyen Mar 9, 2007 08:14 PM

Is there any place in L.A. that does Poutine??? This is a signature Quebecois dish.

  1. ChinoWayne Mar 9, 2007 08:19 PM

    Canadian Cafe, Monrovia. Poutine, Montreal chicken, pea bacon...

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    1. re: ChinoWayne
      hch_nguyen Mar 9, 2007 08:46 PM

      wow, thanks! who knew??? not me...!

    2. mke2lax Mar 9, 2007 08:24 PM

      Really?? there is a Quebecois resto in Monrovia?? Details, please! Merci!

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      1. re: mke2lax
        ChinoWayne Mar 9, 2007 08:43 PM

        Had my first taste of poutine there, it actually was opened by a Canadian ex-pat who owns the building running his main business out of part of the building and decided to open the cafe.

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        mrpullings Mar 9, 2007 08:38 PM


        Who knew??

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        1. re: mrpullings
          Will Owen May 13, 2010 10:44 AM

          Who knew how quickly things go away? That link now takes you to a vague sort of shopping site, and a notice that "This domain may be for sale". I'm guessing there is no more poutine to be had in Monrovia...

          1. re: Will Owen
            WildSwede May 13, 2010 11:11 AM

            Yep, unfortunately, it is gone.

        2. wilafur Mar 9, 2007 09:20 PM

          soleil westwood also has poutine......but only on weekends.

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          1. re: wilafur
            Ciao Bob Jun 29, 2010 05:28 PM

            Just read on eater la that Soleil is expanding their poutine sevice.

            "As of tomorrow French eatery Soleil Westwood launches a new poutine menu. A total of 10 "designer" poutines will grace the menu plus one poutine of the day. There will even be a foie gras poutine... "


            1386 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

            1. re: Ciao Bob
              wilafur Jun 29, 2010 05:31 PM

              awesome! thanks for the heads up.

              1. re: wilafur
                GenevieveCa Jun 30, 2010 10:18 AM

                Yes Soleil is AWESOME. They are the refined poutine makers here in LA.
                Frites allumette, savory sauce and mounds of cheese. Delicious. Owner is an Quebecois like me so i encourage the business.

                Animal, love that place, well the food, the place itself irks me a bit. But their "poutine" pissed me off. It should not be called poutine, the gravy is liquid salt with no other taste, the meat was good enough, fries were ok, but the cheese, it's what makes a poutine. Where was it?! Just call it gravy fries with meat and i won't have a problem with it.

                1386 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

                1. re: GenevieveCa
                  Ciao Bob Jun 30, 2010 01:21 PM

                  I am an animal lover but I TOTALLY agree with you GenevieveCa, about the poutine: way overrated and way over salted. I will have to try Soleil.

                  1386 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

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            will47 Mar 10, 2007 12:18 AM

            I think there are some other threads about this. Anyway, I think Dusty's in Silver Lake has it (http://www.dustysbistro.com), but while I haven't tried the stuff anywhere, I have heard good things about the Poutine at Canadian Café.

            1. hrhboo Mar 10, 2007 08:02 AM

              Stroh's Gourmet in Venice has it, but I've never tried it.

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                samtron608 May 13, 2010 08:35 AM

                Animal has oxtail poutine, but i have no idea how it compares to the Canadian style..

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                1. re: samtron608
                  mikester May 13, 2010 09:41 AM

                  I don't have a reference point either - all I know is, it rocks the house !

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                    samtron608 May 13, 2010 09:42 AM

                    agreed..that oxtail poutine was awesome at Animal.

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                      Steve2 in LA Jun 29, 2010 01:31 AM

                      I've had poutine at Feenie's in Vancouver and at Animal in L.A.. Seemed pretty similar to me.

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                    mrhooks Jun 29, 2010 09:28 PM

                    Animal's oxtail poutine is good, but I preferred the poutine I had in Canada. This might be a weird thing to say considering what kind of dish we're talking about here, but I thought Animal's was a tad too salty. Also, the gravy could have had a little more flavor (aside from salt). Despite what looked like a very miniscule amount of cheese curds, it was enough for the dish, although if the gravy had been better, then the dish might have needed more curds.

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                      Ashibi Jun 29, 2010 11:10 PM

                      I have never heard of poutine until I read about it on Chow. So, when I went to Animal I had to try it. I have no frame of reference, but we all liked it. Here is the photo.

                      435 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

                      1. re: Ashibi
                        Das Ubergeek Sep 14, 2010 08:39 PM

                        I don't know what that is but it is not poutine. Poutine is fries (properly frites allumette, or matchsticks) with brown chicken gravy and very fresh cheese curds (not pieces of mozzarella cheese, not bits of goat cheese).

                        1. re: Das Ubergeek
                          albatruffles Sep 14, 2010 09:29 PM

                          I think you are missing the point. Animal's dish is a take on poutine. Just like their Loco Moco is a take on traditional loco moco. Animal's poutine is amazing. The point of their dish is to take the core of poutine (fries, cheese, sauce) and change it up a bit. The braise of the beef includes foie gras and just lends to a rich upgrade to boring gravy. I've heard a few complaints about the salt, but that hasn't been my experience.

                          1426 University Ave, Riverside, CA 92507

                          1. re: Das Ubergeek
                            Nehna Sep 14, 2010 09:56 PM

                            Montreal has tons of varieties of poutine incl the insanely tasty fois gras poutine at au pied de cochon. So no reason to be close-minded about what poutine can be. That looks awesome, and one more reason for me to finally go to animal.

                            1. re: Nehna
                              albatruffles Sep 14, 2010 10:26 PM

                              Funny you should mention that. I've had the poutine at Au Pied de Cochon. Adore that place. I love Animal, but Martin Picard takes the cake with overindulgence!!!

                              1. re: Nehna
                                wutzizname Oct 3, 2010 07:46 PM

                                as evidenced by this new poutine slide show on cnn.com

                      2. wutzizname May 16, 2010 11:31 AM

                        I've also never tried the authentic Canadian style, but in addition to Animal's amazing Oxtail ones...I've had them at Larchmont Bungalow which were not as mind blowing but still very good. I also know that the FrySmith truck started offering them at some point, but not sure if they still do (not seeing them on their website) or if they were any good.


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                        1. re: wutzizname
                          Das Ubergeek Sep 14, 2010 08:40 PM

                          I tried Frysmith's poutine. It was a salt lick.

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                          POULETTE Sep 14, 2010 07:04 PM

                          Soleil westwood the best in L.A.

                          1386 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

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                            mdpilam Sep 14, 2010 10:25 PM

                            Do they use real cheese curds? (granted, I've never had poutine, but I grew up in MN and have had alot of cheese curds, and haven't found any good ones in LA).

                            1. re: mdpilam
                              GenevieveCa Sep 15, 2010 11:52 AM

                              Soleil now has a menu of over a dozen different poutines.

                              And they have a take on apdc's with foie gras and a balsamic reduction.
                              Guedille with chicken, peas, gravy, curds. Taste like a hot-chicken for my fellow quebecois who know the real deal.

                              They come in 2 sizes which is great, decent price and it's available all day, all week long.

                              It is a must try, i am working my way through the menu, slowly but surely!

                              1386 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

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                            pixiephantom Jun 14, 2011 05:16 PM

                            Redondo Beach Cafe offers "Traditional Poutine" which is Awesome. They also serve a wonderful "Montreal Smoked Meat" Sandwich. And, you can top it all off with "Saskatoon Berry Pie" when in season. They also serve "American & Greek" fare. I "Highly Recommend" . You can check them out at www.redondobeachcafe.com

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                              WildSwede Jun 14, 2011 05:48 PM

                              Nanaimo Bars? LOVE THEM! I am so there! I just had Poutine a few weeks ago when I was in Ontario, Canada. I had the ones at Canadian Cafe that used to be in Monrovia and they were both exactly the same. Thanks!

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