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Oct 15, 2008 09:59 AM

Poutine in DC Area?

Does anyone know if Poutine (a dish consisting of French fries topped with fresh cheese curds, covered with brown gravy) can be found in the DC area? It is a Canadian comfort food and I would like to know if anyone has had it around here.

Any info would be appreciated! Thanks!

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    1. re: cheesepowder

      Thanks for the link! But ugh, Herndon...definitely not my favorite area for dining! Especially if they use American Cheese (which I call non-cheese) instead of cheese curds. Might as well get cheese fries at Silver Diner or Outback.

      Interesting that poutine seems like a French-Canadian dish...but I guess the French don't do poutine? With all the French restaurants in the area I thought maybe one of them would offer the dish. The fries at Bistro Du Coin are awesome...wish they offered poutine!

      1. re: AlliantK

        AlliantK -

        No such luck, so far as I know. I love the stuff and so usually have to make it on my own. The only place I've been able to find cheese curds are from a vendor at the Courthouse Farmer's Market (Courthouse, Arlington, VA) on Saturday mornings. That stuff is excellent.

        Good luck in your search.

        Cocinero Cubano

        1. re: Cocinero Cubano

          So funny to see this thread. I grew up In Upstate NY and this was something they served everywhere. I have been in DC for awhile and have yet to find it. Sorry :(

          1. re: Zucumber84

            So how many good half-smokes did you have in upstate NY? <g>

            The Internet may be global, but food tends to be regional, and it's rare that a somewhat unusual dish that's from "outside" sticks for very long if it's brought into a restaurant from a different region. We have a couple of "Southern themed" restaurants here that serve shrimp and grits, but it's not something that's taken over the area. You may just have to take a trip home to get your poutine, eh?

        2. re: AlliantK

          AlliantK - if you talked with Jimmy he'd be open to changing things up - either permanently or one time for you if you brought in curds during a slowish time (some afternoon during the week for instance).

          That's one dish I haven't had at Jimmy's, so I can't comment except that I know it's there, and they're amenable overall to requests and input.

          And - Herndon has some damn good food offerings, btw!

      2. It's not in DC, but in Columbia, at Victoria Gastropub, they have poutine on the menu, but its not really authentic sounding; their description: Duck Fat Fries, Duck Confit, Gruyere Cheese, Duck Gravy. It sounds really good, but not sure how it would compare to a purist version.

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        1. re: coolblursn

          That sounds like Extreme Poutine! Bet it's good!

        2. Definately in Baltimore.

          1. When I saw a sign in the window of an A&W (Chantilly VA) that they were featuring "Wisconsin cheese curds," I immediately stopped in, ordered the cheese curds, fries, and gravy, and made my own poutine. The cheese curds, not surprisingly, were battered, but it was still a nice treat.