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Dec 29, 2013 06:16 PM

Typical "Cuisine Canadienne"

Everytime I see this expression on takeout menus I secretly love it. Let's cheer for Hotdogs Michigan and Hot Chickens.

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    1. re: williej

      Every other restaurant in this province makes "Cuisine canadienne". I also think it should be celebrated. It's part of who we are.

      FYI, cuisine canadienne means French-Canadian working class food. It covers everything from hotdogs to rigatoni and meat sauce, and from pea soup to pouding chômeur.

    2. Sorry, I don't share in your enthusiasm.

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        1. re: C70

          We don't have the right to agree? I didn't insult the OP's preferences, nor would I, but for some of us, these are reminders of the "bad old days".

        2. re: lagatta

          Poutine, tarte au sucre, and tourtiere are amazing. The OP's examples are just slop, imo - and not even typically Canadian or quebecois. Chili dogs are found in state fairs and truck stands all across the US, and hot chicken sandwich (assuming that's what she meant) is also a southern US thing. I know, Hotdog Michigan is usually spaghetti sauce, but I've seen it both ways.

          1. re: Shattered

            Well, personally I agree with that, but I deliberately worded my post so as to simply express a lack of agreement. I thought those things were the expression of a nadir of postwar industrialised foods being introduced to Québec, and am so happy that there is a better choice of more "real" food available, even at modest prices, nowadays.

            But of course, anyone posting here is welcome to ask for the best examples of any food they prefer!

            1. re: Shattered

              I'm not talking about Canadian food. I deliberately used Cuisine Canadienne because I'm looking for that kind of trashy snackbar food from the franco side.

          2. Moe's Casse-Croute du Coin immediately comes to mind. Although its called a casse-croute, its more than hot dogs and fries.
            This place drips with with nostalgia and seems to be right outta the 40s.
            Corner Lambert Closse and deMaisonneuve (across forum).
            Of course I wanted to eat here since forever.
            Alas, when we did get to try it, the food was just OK. Perhaps we visited at the wrong time (1:30am) or ordered the wrong stuff....still love the vibe, though.

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            1. re: porker

              Love the vibe, hate the poutine. It's 'gratinée' (regular cheddar, grated). Mild cheddar at that, and since it's finely grated, it melted right into the gravy (which had it's own problems, being very sweet). A crime against poutine, and if a casse-croute can't make a good poutine...

              1. re: Shattered

                Oh no, grated cheese on poutine is terrible.

              2. re: porker

                Nice, it reminds me of what Ma-am Bolduc (Marie-Anne/De Lorimier) used to be in the 80s

              3. Nana,
                I love the question. When it comes to Cuisine Canadienne all I can think of is Poutine and Sugar Pie. There must be others, things that are uniquely Canadian.

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                1. re: Tripeler

                  Someone once told me that Hot Chicken isn't even a meal outside of Quebec, I was in shock lol

                  1. re: NanaMoussecurry

                    Hot chicken sandwich, you mean? Yes, it is a meal outside of Quebec. I grew up in the West and always had that for lunch when i went downtown. Nick's on Greene has a great version with boiled peas. Very cuisine Canadienne!

                    1. re: williej

                      Thanks for clarifying that - it seemed doubtful to me.

                    2. re: NanaMoussecurry

                      The same thing exists in the US, particularly the south and New England, and the UK.

                      1. re: NanaMoussecurry

                        howsabout hot chicken's cousin - the hamburger steak: 2 patties covered with fried onions and smothered with gravy, side of canned peas and homemade fries

                        1. re: porker

                          I love that stuff. I suppose it's just a version of Salisbury steak.
                          This reminds me of the places that offer steak for takeout. Whoever even orders steak for delivery?

                    3. Reminds me of a west indies place on Van Horne, I believe it's Frontline. Advertises as canadian cuisine if I rememberl well. Probably not what you are looking for.

                      Poutine Lafleur (not the chain) in Verdun has very good Poutine at the most reasonable price. Everything else is meh.

                      Piesanna, also in Verdun has similar fare plus pies

                      Momesso's on Lachine has decent food, ok subs. Nothing to rave about though.