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Apr 18, 2008 02:51 PM

[PHX] Poutine Fries?

Any place have poutine fries in Phoenix/Scottsdale/Tempe?

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  1. *listens in*

    I've been wanting to try these ever since Seth posted about his trip to Montreal!

    1. None that I know of. It actually came up when we were at dinner this week and none of the hard-core chowhounds we were with could think of any.

      1. When Heart Attack Grill first opened, they had fries topped with gravy and white cheddar. It was as close as you could get to poutine without travelling to Canada. Ever since they started to suck, as far as I know there isn't anywhere you can go for poutine in Arizona.

        1. FWIW, Trader Joe's sells cheese curds, and I think one of the vendors at the Downtown Phx Market sells curds too. I have no idea how these curds compare to what you might get in Quebec, however.

          So, anyway, you might be able to satisfy your craving for poutine at home, even if you can't find a restaurant that serves it.

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          1. re: hohokam

            Cheese curds are best when pretty fresh - I've been pretty disappointed in the stuff at Von Hanson's. For all I know, they're using unpasteurized curds in Quebec, and are likely 10x better than anything you'll find here.

            The only poutine that I knew of was Western Pizza, but as I reported several months ago, they are long gone.

            1. re: azhotdish

              Indeed. The freshness is evident by the classic "squeak" when biting into a cheese curd.

              You are also correct that in Quebec most places use unpasteurized cheese curds which makes the flavor shine.

              And, here's a photo of my plate of poutine in Montreal.


              1. re: Seth Chadwick

                A friend of mine from Quebec tells me that cheese curds used for poutine cannot be refrigerated; they must be eaten fresh and without having been refrigerated. Of course, this is not something easily found outside Quebec.