Hey Boston CHs, Would You Drive 3 Hours for a Perfect Poutine? [Moved from Boston board]
Here in Boston we rarely have the opportunity for poutine,Quebec's contribution of an ultimate comfort food, though it has begun catching on the last year or so. Jason has done it at Gargoyles, and it's being offered now at The Gallows. Any recent opinions on The Gallows' version? Haven't had either yet, but just reading their descriptions will hint to you that they can't likely hold a candle to the perfect poutine served in the Tavern Rm of the Hermitage Inn in West Dover VT.
The chef is a NYC Jean Georges alum, and man, if he did nothing else right, this poutine would still get him into the pearly gates. For an earthly $12 you are served a plate of fresh thin skin-on French fries mixed with shredded duck confit and melted smoked cheddar bits, topped by a duck demiglace. (Are you swooning yet?) And with a requested ramekin of the liquid gold for dipping, we were ecstatic. Aside from the pure quality of every element, what really worked was the strong salt spice rub on the confit, the light saltiness of the demi and the mild smoke of the smoked cheddar. One of my yardsticks for a top chef is when I am not asking for salt and pepper. This is a perfect example of that talent. So, pack an overnight bag and start that car. (And/or if your skiing takes you near Mt. Snow in Southern Vt., you can get into heaven too!)
Chelmsford hound here who lives very close to NH border.
I recently tried a new place for poutine:
Bellagio Pizza - Nashua,NH
Address: 150 Broad Street, Nashua, NH 03063
It is in the small plaza at the intersection of Rt 3 and Rt 130 (Exit 6). It is next door to the Shell station. Same plaza with You You Japanese Bistro.
2 types of Poutine, traditional and tomato sauced (italian style-word has it is a sweet tomato sauce).
The traditional was just that...closer to what I have experienced in Montreal.
The gravy was spot on, and the cheese curds squeaked. Fries had skin on.
Served in the circular aluminum pan...2 sizes...$5 to $7.
I have had poutine in Montreal at La Belle Province, LaFluer, La Banquise, Patiti Patata, Dunn's, and Frite Alors to name a few.
It reminds me the most of La Belle Province.
Recent advertisements for this place talk of ingrediants being imported from Canada.
We'll see if the quality of the fries holds up over several visits.
Exit 6 also has a Hannaford's supermarket....for those Hounds looking to make their own poutine, Hannaford's carries Yancey's Fancy cheeses from NY. (posted previously here in CH).
Yancey's Fancy makes several types of cheddar cheese curds,including a roasted garlic flavor.
You You Japanese Bistro
150 Broad St, Nashua, NH 03063
I had high hopes for poutine, but the only versions I've had were at Chez Vachon and Z Food and Drink in Manchester NH--neither was transcendent. What am I supposed to be looking for besides a gloppy dish of gravy, lumpy cheese curd and limp fries? What defines a great poutine?
I've driven 6 hours for crappy poutine, so I would gladly drive 3 hours for good poutine. Should we do a satellite chowdown event? :-b
P.S. I know that place, and it's in West Dover, not West Dorset. I don't think there is anything in West Dorset, except for a couple of cows and maybe a maple tree or two.
I would drive more for Au Pied de Cochon's. And I believe the Boston trend began with Keith Pooler at the Harvest using Crowley cheese curds, although there may have been another before his. I just shook my head when I saw it on their menu since you can get it at crappy convenience stores in Quebec (where I'm from, btw).
al, plse describe what makes you feel that way about Au Pied's poutine. i always want to learn.
and btw,do keep in mind that historically, most every country's peasant food has eventually shown up in fine dining restaurants around the world. The reason has nothing to do with the class origin of the dish; it has to do with the "exotic" nature of it for those willing and eager to try it.
Hey, sign me up hidden! And, if you can't make it all the way home after ......... I'm in Merrimack, NH so we could all crash here after the Chowdown! : ) And, I've driven all the way to Tannersville, PA (from Southie) for apple crumb pie from the Pocono Farm Stand but it's been a couple of years since I've wanted pie THAT bad! But, if anyone is heading that way ......... feel free to grab me 2 apple crumb pies! : )
Haven't tried it yet, but I put a bug in my hubby's ear that I want to go - especially after I drove all the way to Rino's (East Boston) & got there "late" (5:30PM) & the wait was already 3+ hours! Ended up getting sushi at Sake in Saugus instead (OUTSTANDING!). I'm still figuring my way around here (I've only been in Merrimack since May) but I'm learning! Still dying to try KC's also (in Manchester).