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Feb 16, 2011 07:13 AM

DTW: Poutine without leaving the US?

Anyone know of any places in the Detroit Area that serve poutine? I know there are a ton of places in the Windsor area that have it, but I don't have the required documentation to cross the border, so that's not really an option right now. Google tells me that the Grange Kitchen and Bar in A2 has it on the bar menu. Are there any other options or is it just there?


Grange Kitchen & Bar
118 W Liberty, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

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  1. I know that this isn't what you are looking for, but for other Poutine Lovers out there, if you are ever in Cincinnati, Senate in Over the Rhein has Poutine. I am no poutine expert, but I think theirs is atypical. In lieu of gravy, they used braised short rib... Awesome!

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    1. re: Uncle Luigi

      Real poutine calls for cheese curds that are part of the process of cheddar cheese making. Traditionally, the gravy is chicken gravy. I hate to sound elitist, but any place that crumbles mozzarella, cheddar, blue cheese or any other cheese on top of fries smothered in gravy is selling fries with gravy and cheese, not poutine. Their offerings may be delicious, but they aren't poutine. Fresh cheese curds should squeak when you chew them. They don't entirely melt as mozzarella, blue or cheddar cheeses do when they interact with the heat and steam of the fries and gravy.

      If anyone knows of a place that sells French fries with chicken gravy and cheddar cheese curds (as fresh as possible), please share. Every comfort food lover should try this once.

      Don't assume that crossing the border guarantees an authentic poutine. Windsor and Toronto are not necessarily producing anything authentic either, unless they guarantee the curds and chicken gravy duo. Poutine is a Quebec creation adopted by the rest of Canada, and now the US too. Without the right cheese curd squeak and texture, it just isn't poutine.

      1. re: Uncle Luigi

        SweetPea I have to disagree with you having many friends in Canada and worked with a 65 old lady who was born in Waterloo,,,, I've eaten Poutine all over Canada and around the Detroit area and make this great dish at home,,,, BROWN Gravy is the true original created in the 1950's here's wording from Wiki

        is a typical Canadian dish (originally from Quebec), made with french fries, topped with brown gravy and curd cheese. Sometimes additional ingredients are added

      2. I've heard Joe's Hamburgers downriver has poutine. I've never been, though, so I can't confirm their authenticity.

        Joe's Hamburgers
        125 Elm
        Wyandotte, MI 48192
        (734) 285-0420

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            1. re: JanPrimus

              Made it to Joe's Hamburgers today. Such a great place. The sliders were great, and the poutine was simply outstanding. (N.b., it's made with shredded cheddar, not standard cheese curds, but it was so good.)

              Freshly cooked, hand cut fries, with cheese and a tasty, tasty beef gravy? Yes please!

              Thanks for the tip!

          1. I too live in the Detroit area and want to find Poutine. Problem is that downriver and Ann Arbor are both 2 hour drives or more. I am in the Northern Oakland County area Pontiac-Rochester. I can go to the northwestern & northern Macomb County area (Utica, Sterling Heights, Shelby Twp, Washington, Macomb Township, north Clinton Township). Anyone know of a place. I can't believe that Culver's on Lapeer Road (Lake Orion) doesn't do a Poutine styled dish since they specialize in Wisconsin Dairy and cheese curds especially.

            This is what comes of living in the area and growing up half in Windsor and Sarnia and half in Michigan. But the problem is that I have grown older and not all that healthy and cannot drive for more than 20 minutes or so. I miss this dish and I can't make it as well.


              1. re: coney with everything

                And not mentioned in the freep article is Vinsetta Garage. They call them disco fries (made with whole grain mustard gravy?), on the dinner menu only.
                I think I read that Local Kitchen & Bar in Ferndale is going to have them too.

                1. NOTE: Just saw Coney's post; sorry. But I'll leave the links for reference in case anyone can use them.

                  I think poutine is becoming a trend in area resturants, based on what I've read recently.

                  Mercury Burger Bar and Green Dot Stables, both in Detroit's Corktown neighborhood, come to mind.



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                  1. re: amandaqtpie

                    Seriously. The hipsters LOOOVVVEE them some poutine. So yeah, you can't go to Corktown without tripping over it. And ALPOE, my first and only poutine experience was at Brooklyn Street Local and while I liked my food a lot, your poutine looks a lot yummier than what my husband and I got.