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AlliantK Oct 15, 2008 09:59 AM

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!

  1. cheesepowder Oct 15, 2008 10:04 AM

    here's a link to a prior thread
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/433562

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      AlliantK Oct 15, 2008 10:16 AM

      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!

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        Cocinero Cubano Oct 15, 2008 12:23 PM

        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

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          Zucumber84 Oct 15, 2008 12:38 PM

          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 :(

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            MikeR Oct 16, 2008 04:20 AM

            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
          Dennis S Oct 16, 2008 03:18 AM

          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!

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        coolblursn Oct 15, 2008 12:52 PM

        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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          MsDiPesto Oct 16, 2008 09:50 AM

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

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          kelarry Oct 15, 2008 11:53 PM

          Definately in Baltimore.

          1. Bob W Oct 16, 2008 11:39 AM

            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.

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