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Poutine in Somerville

Aromatherapy Dec 30, 2009 12:20 PM

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. ipsofatso RE: Aromatherapy Dec 31, 2009 05:02 AM

    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.

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      NorthShoreFoodie RE: Aromatherapy Jan 2, 2010 04:24 AM

      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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        Prav RE: NorthShoreFoodie Jan 2, 2010 04:26 AM

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

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          NorthShoreFoodie RE: Prav Jan 2, 2010 04:28 AM

          Cheese fries with brown gravy...

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            Prav RE: NorthShoreFoodie Jan 2, 2010 04:43 AM

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

      2. MC Slim JB RE: Aromatherapy Jan 2, 2010 09:14 AM

        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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          celeriac RE: MC Slim JB Jan 2, 2010 01:48 PM

          WHOA. Yes. Please. Thank you MC.

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            content RE: celeriac Jan 11, 2010 07:21 PM

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

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            BBer RE: MC Slim JB Jan 2, 2010 07:57 PM

            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: http://thefoodmonkey.com/?p=1428
            Also, Nov issue of The New Yorker is the food issue and there is a great article about poutine.

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              ipsofatso RE: BBer Jan 12, 2010 06:25 AM

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

          3. jgleeche RE: Aromatherapy Jan 14, 2010 03:51 PM

            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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              phatchris RE: jgleeche Jan 15, 2010 02:13 PM

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

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                nsenada RE: phatchris Jan 16, 2010 04:53 PM

                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.

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              winecafe95 RE: Aromatherapy Mar 11, 2010 05:04 PM

              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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                chickendhansak RE: winecafe95 Mar 12, 2010 10:45 AM

                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.

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