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May 16, 2010 07:33 AM

Poutine in YYC?

Ok I'm sure there is some threads on this one but looking for some fresh responses! Lived in Ottawa for awhile and use to love some of the Poutine Street Vendors - any thing similar here in YYC? Fresh fries that stay pretty crisp and don't go all limp and soggy, real cheese curds, real gravy not out of a can? I won't lie I've had many of the restaurant versions here which cost a fortune and incl blue cheese but that's NOT what I'm looking for - not knocking them it is great but what's wrong with wanting some 'plain' poutine? And if I can eat it standing on a street corner with a wooden fork thinghy all the better but I won't push for the full experience!

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  1. Many people will tell you about the Burger Bus.

    Though it's at a restaurant, the version they serve at Tango Bistro is my favorite now. More a Jus than a gravy, real cheese curds and some chunks of short ribs over skinny fries.

    Tango Bistro
    6920 MacLeod Trail S, Calgary, AB T2H 0L3, CA

    1. This may not be what you're looking for since it's once again at a restaurant but fo try Laurier Lounge. Two brothers from quebec opened the place up and the curds are flown in from QC. Best poutine I've had west of Montreal.

      Laurier Lounge
      1111 7 St SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0A1, CA

      1. I lived in Ottawa for 12 years and Burger bus is as close as you will come, I think it might be the best in the city. My only Burger bus Poutine criticism (I'm being very picky now) is that the gravy needs to be hotter, so the cheese curds get more melting action.

        Some have raved about Alberta King of Subs Poutine, its still on my wish list.

        I hear what your saying about blue cheese, etc...Calgary has a peculiar way of taking poutine (which is already perfect) and ruining it with some dumb twist. Tommy's burger does a good job of butchering this classic, stay away.

        1. my french buddies like the kfc version

          1. "Real" poutine uses powdered mix for gravy. I'd rather have the can.

            Laurier Lounge for more upscale, resto service; NY Fries otherwise. Honestly though, poutine is gorgeous but is garbage and is dead easy to pull off. Fries, gravy, curds, boom. You can get it all over the place here, just not at chip wagons which don't exist. Now try getting some decent ginger beef-- or decent sushi-- in Ottawa....

            Laurier Lounge
            1111 7 St SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0A1, CA

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            1. re: John Manzo

              I agree that NY Fries has a pretty decent version. If you ever do want to try something different, I would recommend the Lobster Poutine at Brava Bistro. It is amazing!

              Brava Bistro
              723 17th Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2S 0B6, CA

              1. re: John Manzo

                Chip wagons do exist here. Canadian Tire parking lot, Macleod Trail near Southland.

                No poutine, as far as I know, though. Also the fries are not great.

                1. re: 23skidoo

                  Ok hate to be a chip wagon snob but any chip wagon I have to drive to get to and is located at a Canadian Tire is not the same sort of experience as downtown TO or Ottawa - I saw a hot dog wagon late Sat night on 17 Ave by Le Chateau but I think in 2 years that's the first time I've seen a wagon there - I don't trust my intestines to a guy I have never seen before or will ever see again - - I went to Tubby Dog - A Bomb!

                  Tubby Dog
                  1022 17 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2T 0A5, CA

                  1. re: Backseat Food Critic

                    No, it's not worth going out of your way to drive to, but if you're in that area, you can enjoy fries from a truck.

                    1. re: 23skidoo

                      there is one by walt heally motorcycles that was not to bad.check that one out.