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Where are the Best Cheese Fries????

garlicandeggs Dec 3, 2008 01:27 PM

Hello All!

I need your help! I've had one of those days.....and I am desperately craving amazingly (unhealthy) delicious cheese fries!! (in the Cambridge/Somerville area)!!!

Suggestions???

Thank you!!!!

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    hlerm2 Dec 3, 2008 02:49 PM

    KELLY'S, HAS the best at any of there locations think they are $5.25 enjoy

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      abattoir Dec 3, 2008 03:10 PM

      i absolutely agree on the Kelly's cheese fries. covered in a velveeta sauce, real bacon bits, salt and pepper. make sure to eat them with a fork so you can get a bite with everything.

      plenty of places are doing poutine, but they're generally fancy and not as sinful.

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        BarmyFotheringayPhipps Dec 3, 2008 03:34 PM

        I just don't understand the concept of "upscale" poutine. If ever there was a dish meant to be eaten with a spork, poutine would be it.

        But yeah, the cheese fries at Kelly's are pretty great.

        A Globe review claims the cheese fries with gravy at the Battery in Brighton Center is highly worthwhile and very poutine-like. Given how profoundly disappointed I was with the fish, I'm not likely to get back there anytime soon, but that's good to know.

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          abattoir Dec 3, 2008 03:53 PM

          we just tried townsend's for the first time-- i won't get into a thorough review, their poutine wasn't half bad. while the slices of cheese were just too large for me (curds are used for a reason-- greater distribution) and the gravy came on the side, once you drowned the fries in the gravy..let's just say, i wouldn't kick the dish out of bed.

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            Guinness02122 Dec 3, 2008 03:59 PM

            Right. However, I heard there is a place in Montreal that serves foie gras poutine. Talk about a coronary!

            In the end, poutine is humble and unsophisticated. I've had it at La Belle Province, a fast food restaurant chain that might be a notch below McDonald's if that's possible. Calling poutine upscale would be like calling a fried SPAM sandwich upscale. I guess you could callit exotic, sort of.

            1. re: Guinness02122
              MC Slim JB Dec 3, 2008 04:12 PM

              The Beehive's current chef did a foie gras poutine there a while back; I did not try it.

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                Guinness02122 Dec 3, 2008 04:23 PM

                What a phenomenon. I think poutine was invented in the late1970's or early '80's. I guess it took a whole bunch of drunken American hockey fans to bring it south. The brilliance is in the simplicity.

              2. re: Guinness02122
                yumyum Dec 3, 2008 04:58 PM

                Gargoyle's had foie gras poutine on the menu for a while. The foie was unnecessary -- and I say that as a lover of foie gras.

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                  bostonbroad Dec 4, 2008 05:26 AM

                  I have had said foie gras poutine in Montreal (Au Pied du Cochon) and I have to say, it was heaven on plate!

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                    psc109 Dec 4, 2008 07:30 AM

                    At 3am after too may Molson Ex's it doesn't get much better than a Montreal hot dog and some poutine at La Belle!

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                bostonbroad Dec 4, 2008 05:28 AM

                James' Gate in JP has something called Loaded Fries that are excellent. There's no gravy, but....lots of cheese, sauteed mushrooms and onions, bacon, tomatoes, chicken, and a 'spicy red pepper coulis'. It may not sound appetizing from the list, but trust me, with a good pint sitting by the fire, it can't be beat.

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                  lulu806 Dec 4, 2008 06:15 AM

                  I'll probably get slammed for this but The Outback has awesome cheese fries. So awesome, in fact, that they were included on the list of the 10 unhealthiest things you could eat. Thus, they are a once a year indulgence. :)

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                    dulce de leche Dec 4, 2008 08:01 AM

                    In Cambridge/Somerville, try All Star Sandwich Bar--I've had their chili cheese fries & poutine, but not the straight cheese fries. But I've liked both of those.

                    Highland Kitchen serves chili-cheese fries, too, but their chili is actually too hot for the purpose, but the straight cheese would probably be good b/c their fries are great.

                    If you decide you don't want to get so down & dirty, the frites with aioli (they come with the moules, but sometimes they'll make them separate) at Central Kitchen and rosemary truffled fries at Garden at the Cellar are both super.

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