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Poutine: the fancy, the cheap, and everything in between?

nlk Feb 18, 2013 08:21 PM

I know animal's is great. I liked the oyster version at the parish too. but i don't need it fancy. I'll take it fancy if it's good, but i'll also take cheap or mid range if there are places that do it well. thanks.

  1. Tripeler Feb 18, 2013 08:24 PM

    Really got to have it with the cheese curds, right?

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    1. re: Tripeler
      PeterCC Feb 18, 2013 09:53 PM

      Soleil and P'tit Soleil in Westwood have real cheese curds that are pretty authentic (as close as I've found in L.A., at least). They have a variety: http://www.soleilwestwood.com/pdfs/Po.... That menu may be old though, as they have listed a Poutine du Pied de Cochon with the now-banned foie gras as a primary ingredient (looks damn good though).

    2. Dommy Feb 18, 2013 09:51 PM

      My current fave has to be the Galbi Poutine at Seoul Sausage... it doesn't have gooey cheese, but it has pickled onions and sour cream which adds a bit of brightness that is signature which is key to any poutine...


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      1. re: Dommy
        PeterCC Feb 18, 2013 09:54 PM

        I like my poutine without any brightness, just a dark, deep, gravy-and-cheese-y punch to the gut! ;-)

        1. re: PeterCC
          kevin Feb 18, 2013 10:30 PM

          Yea. I was not a fan at all of the galbi poutine at Seoul Sausage kitchen. Just didn't work for me at all.

          1. re: PeterCC
            kevin Feb 18, 2013 10:31 PM

            But although dainty I do like the one on offer infrequently at Plan Check.

            1. re: PeterCC
              WildSwede Mar 5, 2013 05:19 PM

              Me too! I prefer it with curdz and gravy - fries cooked well done. Look at the pic on my handle - that is from a mom n pop place in Ontario, Canada a few years ago. Authentic as it gets. There is also a Poutine truck, but I have not tried it yet. <edit> http://www.gravytrainpoutinerie.com/.
              Used to be a place in Monrovia years ago - theirs was very good.

              1. re: WildSwede
                kevin Mar 6, 2013 11:59 AM

                Canadian cafe ???

                1. re: kevin
                  WildSwede Mar 6, 2013 12:01 PM

                  Yes! Thanks.
                  Why do we have to have all these places adding all these crazy things to it? I just want plain old fries, curds and gravy.

                  1. re: WildSwede
                    bulavinaka Mar 6, 2013 12:28 PM

                    We live in The Land of Fusion. Blame Puck et al. :-)

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                      WildSwede Mar 6, 2013 12:40 PM


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            FoodObsessive Feb 18, 2013 10:17 PM

            Avoid the poutine at the Redondo Beach Cafe - the gravy is thin and tastes like it was from a can. Odd, because they have good Montreal smoked meat and other Canadian items.

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            1. re: FoodObsessive
              kevin Feb 18, 2013 10:29 PM

              Is Montreal smoked meat all beef ?

              I'll have to try it.

              Sounds like the Canadian answer to pastrami.

              1. re: kevin
                PeterCC Feb 18, 2013 11:04 PM


                It's pretty damn good.

              2. re: FoodObsessive
                PeterCC Feb 18, 2013 11:08 PM

                That's disappointing. I had heard that the poutine there should be good, especially because of the other Quebecois foods they served.

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                Dirtywextraolives Feb 19, 2013 08:41 AM

                Not listed as poutine but more like loaded fries : the Plan Check pastrami fries are delicious.

                1. lil mikey Feb 19, 2013 09:14 AM

                  I liked the version at Littlefork in Hollywood. Nice curds, and they put the gravy on the bottom so it doesn't immediately get soggy.

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                    mrhooks Feb 19, 2013 10:09 AM

                    I had Animal's once. I didn't think it was very good - salty, not much oxtail flavor, and not enough cheese curds. Maybe it was just an off night. Café Soleil has very good poutine, maybe not as good as in Canada, but very good nonetheless. Seoul Sausage's is also very good, but it's very different. It's probably my favorite item on their menu.

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                      Porthos Feb 19, 2013 12:28 PM

                      I didn't like the poutine at Animal either. It was equally salty both times. The salt content exceeded only by the buffalo style pig tails. Utterly confused as how the poutine is often used as an example of Animal's "creatvity". But then again, I have given up trying to "get" Animal after 6 visits.

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                      ns1 Feb 19, 2013 11:17 AM

                      Has anyone tried to poutine from Frysmith?

                      1. aching Feb 19, 2013 12:53 PM

                        I like the Galbi Poutine at Seoul Sausage, the Pastrami Fries at Plan Check, AND the Oxtail Poutine at Animal. I guess I just love any fries prepared that way. Another favorite is the Ooey-Gooey Fries at Chego, but those would definitely be loaded fries and not poutine.

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                          heinous Feb 19, 2013 01:25 PM

                          I'm a fan of the beef tongue poutine at Haven in Pasadena. The tongue is braised in chunks and is super tender and flavorful. They use Port Salut cheese, which is nicely melty gooey and has a good flavor too. Overall, really rich, hearty, and yummy. Perfect with their pretty impressive list of beers.

                          1. k
                            kevin Mar 5, 2013 11:18 AM

                            Does the poutine at Parish, the oyster version, wtih fried oysters purely a seafood version or is there pork or beef in there, is it an oyster gravy ?


                            And I can't seem to find it on the online menu.


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                            1. re: kevin
                              nlk Mar 5, 2013 06:06 PM

                              it's on the online menu, both the poutine with oysters and the one with pigs feet. i don't believe the oyster one has pork or beef in it but i'm not sure. I was there with someone who doesn't eat those and we made that clear to the server...but, like i said, don't know for certain.

                              1. re: nlk
                                kevin Mar 6, 2013 11:59 AM

                                cool, thanks.

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