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McDonalds poutine

Anyone tried it? I'm looking for some opinions?

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  1. Years ago…it sucked.

    Aside from sauce and curd issues the fries are just not right. i'm a fan of McD's fries…just not in a poutine.

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    1. re: grandgourmand

      Yeah, they're fries taste very good on their own, but its not the style of fry that works well in a poutine. That said, the addition of gravy is a welcome sight any restaurant.

      1. re: disgusti

        disgusti, you clever foodie. Thanks for all your insight. What a genius idea. I took your advice!

        First thing I noticed was that it was small. At $5.50 (with extra cheese), it's usual McDonald's value was average at best. The fries are great. The gravy wasn't bad. A bit too tomatoey for my liking but a decent effort. Considering most classic Quebec poutineries use chemical packets for their gravy (including Paul Patates & Fromagerie Lemaire), McDonald's obviously tested the heck outta theirs. The curds were obviously not squeeky but were fresh. They are cut small, which fits with the thin fries and small box. I actually liked this offering. I still think Swiss Chalet is the ultimate chain poutine but clap clap, good job McDicks.

        1. re: food face

          Yours at least looks half decent - someone on another forum posted this horrific pic today


          1. re: duckdown

            No fries should ever look that pale... Ew

            1. re: duckdown

              Hahahaha, the fries look morbid. Death bed french fries.

              1. re: food face

                LOL. Couldn't have said it better.

                Why is it all so PALE!

            2. re: food face

              "Considering most classic Quebec poutineries use chemical packets for their gravy (including Paul Patates & Fromagerie Lemaire)"

              that's bullshit at least re: paul patates

              1. re: frogsteak

                Sadly it's not Frogsteak. Am a huge fan, a regular and know the staff. Was there recently and had to straight up ask them as my other Chow Hound was vegetarian. If you think they are making it from scratch, you are wrong. Still a great poutine, but not a scratch sauce.

                1. re: food face

                  that's too bad - i am pretty sure they used to make it from scratch. i believe there have been some ownership changes.

          2. I'm with Food Face - the first thing that struck me was the serving's smallness given the price. Taste OK - would be better if option for bacon and chicken was given (which, after all, they have on hand for burgers and salads). Better than KFC imho.

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            1. re: Bigtigger

              you want chicken mcnuggets in your poutine?

              ahhhh why did i move to ontario?

              1. re: frogsteak

                The chicken they use for the salads and some of the sandwiches (but not the McChicken) is an actual chicken breast, not the reconstituted chicken slurry they use to create the McNuggets. FYI.

                1. re: Michael N

                  ah I hadn't realized that mcdonalds only recently added poutine to their menu in ontario. i am from quebec where it is the norm. surely once the novelty wears out you will realize that it is god awful.

                1. re: Bigtigger

                  It's probably less fries than a small. And the box is about the same size as a their square Big Mac box. Come on McDicks, we know you can afford to give a proper portion of poutine!!! Yea, you would think their would be an addition of protein. There's certainly no shortage on hand. Even Mcnugget's on poutine, I'd probably try it. Only live once. LOL.

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                  1. It's not really poutine. Just like their other offerings are not really hamburgers.

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                    1. re: hal2010

                      Hal2010, tell me how this is not poutine? Sure the fries aren't fresh and it may not be the best out out there... but it is poutine.

                      It's interesting how people are very quick to slag McDonalds when most poutine places are using elements of pre-pakaged products in their poutine. Including Smokes and as I mentioned before some of the "best" poutineries in Quebec. I'm not defending McDonalds or even a regular eater of their food. But their poutine is fairly decent. And if you look at my previous threads, I know my stuff when it comes to poutine.

                      1. re: food face

                        Sorry. Knee jerk reaction. It didn't thrill me, but then I'm not really a fan of poutine anyway.

                    2. had one today and, lo and behold, it wasn't bad. i remember years ago they had it and the gravy was waaaay too salty and the cheese was wrong somehow. but the new version is much more legit. sure, the fries aren't the right kind, but it's not like mcd's is going to introduce a new style of fry. as far as the gravy goes, the salt level was tolerable and the flavour was pretty close to a legit poutine place (i.e. they picked the right powder mix). and the curds looked like proper curds. and the first few bites actually produced a squeak.. i did drive through and the poutine traveled for 5-10 minutes. i figure that eating in, you'd even get a better experience.

                      so, kudos mcd's. in the poutine wasteland that is toronto, you're in the top 5.

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                        1. re: frogsteak

                          i was drunk last night. and i forgot to add "BEST POUTINE EVER!!!" in my comment above.

                          1. re: grandgourmand

                            I think their Poutine is great curds squeak, tastes great... I've had the real thing all over Quebec and McD's does a good job with the fries they use. The only thing I hate is a order a "Putin", and the cashier always says "Pooh-teeeen"?

                      1. Not a fan. If the fries aren't the right kind, I don' t care how good or not good the other ingredients are.

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                        1. re: Pincus

                          The success or failure of poutine at McDs is highly dependent on whether the fries are hot and freshly made and whether they've been lightly, but adequately salted, vs. salt-doused OR not salted at all. Ditto for Burger King, Swiss Chalet and any other food chain that is guaranteed to be cheaping out on ingredients wherever possible.

                          1. re: 1sweetpea

                            That's why there will never be a great (or even good) fast food poutine.

                        2. Had a poutine craving, this was the quickest / easiest option. It wasn't very good, first and last time.

                          IMO, their fries are amazing on their own but somehow do not work in poutine. Small portion for the price too.