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Poutine in Vancouver: can it be done?

cvhound stumped me on Tuesday with a request for poutine. I shuffled my feet a bit and used the "well, it's really a back east kinda thing" but surely there must be a decent rendition hearabouts. I saw it on the lunch menu at Salade de Fruits but didn't think their frites would hold up to an onslaught of gravy so didn't try it there. I've had it at that fries place on Commercial but it was horrid and clumpy. I've heard tell of versions that (shudder) sub in grated cheddar for curds but will speak no further of them.

Then tonight on my way home from another doc film, I stopped in at Fritz on Davie for a bowl and I must say it was rather nice -- peppery gravy, melty curds and screamin' hot crispy fries -- what's not to like for $4? But I have no real gauge for what's good in a poutine. Anyone got the goods on this Canadian treat?

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Salade de Fruits
1545 7th Ave W, Vancouver, BC V6J1S1, CA

Fritz European Fry House
718 Davie St, Vancouver, BC V6Z1B6, CA

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  1. I don't have local perspective but I just had it tonight at Boneta as a daily special and it was quite good. The cheese curds were chedder, the gravy was chicken with a veal bone base. Very nice with a Rioja....

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    1. re: wasabica

      Nice one, wasabica! Wouldn't have guessed Boneta was an option, even as a special.

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      Boneta Restaurant
      1 West Cordova, Vancouver, BC V6B 1C8, CA

      1. re: wasabica

        Yes, Boneta has it on their menu often and it's quite good. Chambar and Crave on main have good ones too... but these are all, "fancy" versions. I don't think there is a true, great, Montreal style Poutine in Vancouver.

      2. I haven't been able to find good curds here in Vancouver. Good curds should squeak on your teeth (if you eat them before they are melted into a pile of potatoey/gravyey/cheesy deliciousness).

        Fritz does do a pretty decent poutine, but I can't attest to its 'pure laine' authenticity.

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        1. re: cdnprairiedog

          Squeaky curds in the poutine at Zakos Deli - Broadway & Cambie. Its pretty good!

          1. re: ck1234

            fwiw the cafeteria at the dt costco, has (had) it, it was only about $4, never had it but i have had their frys and they weren't that good, very thick and stodgey

            1. re: ck1234

              Thanks SO MUCH for the tip on Zako's...I've always been curious about the place, but have never gone in. Funny thing, 'cuz I always pass by it on my way to work.

              I also have to second the excellent short rib poutine at Crave. And Fritz's is infinitely superior to the Commercial St. place. DB Bistro actually has a fabulous poutine too, if you're willing to spend the money for it.

              1. re: kidpresentable

                Had to hurry to a screening today and (hangs head in shame) dove into Fritz for another small poutine today. Still tasty...

                Thanks for the poutine tips, guys, keep 'em coming.

              2. re: ck1234

                Zako's gravy is also vegetarian but it tastes very "meaty"

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              1. I know it's a bit of a cop out but New York fries (I don't know about Vancouver but in Edmonton there's one in every mall food court) actually makes tasty poutine. It's pretty good when the craving hits and poutine just can't be found elsewhere. It's a dark gravy, their fries are always nice and crispy so they hold up under the gravy and they use cheese curd and not just grated mozza (everywhere else I've found poutine they use mozza).

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                1. re: Aludarie

                  Good tip, Aludarie, we do have quite a few NYF outlets here too.

                  1. re: Aludarie

                    I've done the same thing Aludarie; you're not alone! They're usually one of the better things in the food courts too.

                  2. I tried the poutine at Brado on Commercial Dr a few weeks ago. A friend tells me that this is the real deal. It certainly tastes like the stuff in Montreal. They use St Hubert gravy mix (and it tasted like mix) and squeaky cheese curds.

                    I don't appreciate poutine like many people, so I left thinking "meh". If someone out there is a poutine person - please give this place a try and report back on its authenticity and worthiness. It has been getting good write ups for their poutine on dinehere.ca
                    http://www.dinehere.ca/restaurant.asp...

                    BTW Brado is situated in a mini-foodcourt. Brado, the place that sells poutine, is on the right side. A Lebanese shawarma place run by different people is on the left.

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                    Brado Restaurant
                    1399 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC V5L3X5, CA

                     
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                    1. re: fmed

                      This looks EXACTLY like the poutine we got at Zog's in Whistler yesterday, so perhaps their poutine is authentic poutine as well. I'm with you regarding the poutine. I actually liked the version at Zin's in Vancouver over the version we had at Zog's, but Zin's looked nothing like Brado's version. Zin's poutine is $2 for a small serving from 4 to 7pm Monday through Saturday at their bar.

                      1. re: fmed

                        I have some family who grew up in Montreal and they swear by the St Hubert's gravy mix. Funny that Brado uses it as well, but I see that they're from Montreal, so I guess it's not that big of a surprise.

                        Good ref material if I ever crave poutine. Hopefully I'm lucky enough to find squeeky cheese. Speaking of which, I have found squeeky cheese curds in Armstrong while visiting family in the Okanagan. Had to take it back and make homemade poutine. Yum!

                        1. re: bdachow

                          fwiw the guy fron zako's is also fron montreal

                          1. re: bdachow

                            Brado also has Poutine Pizza. ...or do they call it Pizza Poutine? Anyway, it's an experience. The straight up poutine is decent.

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                            Brado Restaurant
                            1399 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC V5L3X5, CA