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Dec 30, 2009 12:20 PM

Poutine in Somerville

A local message board reports poutine on the menu at Eat at Jumbo's in Ball Sq. No personal experience, just passing it on.

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  1. Poutine is NOT worth travelling to Somerville for but it makes for good conversation when I am about to have my platefull when grabbing lunch at Jay Peak.

    1. Mission Oak in Newburyport also offers poutine. They use cheddar in place of cheese curd.

      Normally they are $7.00 but you can get them, and the rest of the bar menu, for half price Monday through Friday between 5:00 and 7:00 PM.

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      1. re: NorthShoreFoodie

        No cheese curds? That's not poutine, that's cheese fries. :(

          1. re: NorthShoreFoodie

            I wonder if I could bring my own cheese curds.... BYOCC.

      2. I've been talking this one up here a few times: mix grill sausages at Pops in the South End. They already have great hand-cut fries, and they top these with a beef short-rib gravy, cheese curds, and three housemade sausages: rabbit, duck, wild boar. Frickin' awesome.

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          1. re: celeriac

            "Pops Restaurant will be closed from 1/4/10 through 1/12/10. Reopening scheduled for 1/13/10."

          2. re: MC Slim JB

            That sounds amazing. I need to try this dish - it's weird how often it's coming up. Read a fun food blog posting that reviews a few places in Boston:
            Also, Nov issue of The New Yorker is the food issue and there is a great article about poutine.

            1. re: BBer

              a great article about a not-so-great food is tough to do. Kudos to NYer.

          3. All Star Sandwich Bar (now is that in Somerville or Cambridge?) also has poutine. I thought it was pretty tasty, but I'm not Canadian, so I may not know what really authentic poutine tastes like.

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            1. re: jgleeche

              The best I've had outside of Quebec is Duckfat's version in Portland.

              1. re: phatchris

                It does look awesome - I've been there a bunch of times, but always for lunch, and in the midst of work related meetings, so I've never pulled the trigger on their poutine (for fear of passing out). Their frites are darned good, as it is.

            2. Eat at Jumbo's is not worth walking down the street to either....horrible, Sysco-out-of a box food....we tried it once since we felt it was unfair that we always get wings from Wings Over and sandwiches from Deliicious.....we won't order again....not fresh, not flavorful...and literally tasted pre-fab heated-ish.

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              1. re: winecafe95

                In minor defence of E@J, I tried the poutine as takeout: it's not gourmet, but I enjoyed it. Compared favourably to cheap poutine found in Montreal. Only on Chowhound, I suppose, would a form of cheese and gravy fries be expected to be profound, and that is both to praise CH and to see it in perspective.

                Plus, I don't see "breaded organic tofu tenders" at many places, so they must be doing something themselves.