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Canadian restaurant in E. Norriton?

Chefpaulo Feb 16, 2014 06:57 AM

Has anyone tried Guppy's on Germantown Pike across from Swede Square? They claim to have authentic poutine, that is with whey curds and the 'real' brown gravy. (However, they don't look bullet cut like you get in Quebec.) If not for this horrific weather, incessant client cancellations and my resultant impecunious state of affairs, I would have been down there already. Any takers?

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    jujuthomas RE: Chefpaulo Feb 17, 2014 03:15 PM

    we will have to investigate! We have good friends who LOVE poutine. :)

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      wubar RE: jujuthomas Feb 17, 2014 07:56 PM

      Found their website.


    2. crazyspice RE: Chefpaulo Feb 17, 2014 06:27 PM

      We have a musician friend who play there regularly. We will certainly check it out.

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        givemecarbs RE: crazyspice Feb 17, 2014 07:34 PM

        I want to try this place so badly! Can someone tell me exactly where it is located? That area is pretty crowded.

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          Chefpaulo RE: givemecarbs Feb 17, 2014 08:12 PM

          It's across Germantown Pike from Swede Square (that has Minado, Panera and the Jem coffee shop.) Its where the former Chinese buffet used to be on the very end if the strip.

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            givemecarbs RE: Chefpaulo Feb 17, 2014 08:14 PM

            Thanks CP and Wubar. I always seem to hit that area when the traffic is crazy. CP have you tried Jesse's smoked chicken yet? Could go for some about now.

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              Chefpaulo RE: givemecarbs Feb 17, 2014 08:19 PM

              Smoked chicken??? Speak to me.

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                givemecarbs RE: Chefpaulo Feb 17, 2014 08:37 PM

                At Jesse's in Souderton they have a smoked leg and thigh which my friend always gets and I am addicted to the smoked wings. Both are excellent. If they offer sweet potatoes as one of the sides be sure and get those as well.
                I always get a draft root beer to wash it all down. They are closed sundays and mondays and they close at seven other days. This place is a little slice of heaven in souderton where the faithful huddle around Jesse's smoker.

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        MainLiner RE: Chefpaulo Feb 18, 2014 04:31 PM

        Have been meaning to check it out. Poutine is pricey as a side dish, but not exactly a healthy entree. Will have to wait for my son to come back from college on spring break to split. I go to Montreal pretty often, Hard to match their poutine...

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          Chefpaulo RE: MainLiner Feb 20, 2014 06:59 AM

          Guppy and I have been in contact regarding the Illegible print on the East Norriton website.
          I agree that poutine is far from heart healthy and that their $8 side is a bit pricey for something I could never finish myself. I hope to convince Guppy that a veggie burger with a small side of poutine-ized fries might be a big seller. I want to get down there this weekend.

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            givemecarbs RE: Chefpaulo Feb 25, 2014 01:01 AM

            CP that is a good idea. Might make my one health nut friend agree to go soon. He usually gets the veggie sandwich at Five Guys. And fries. I went to KOP today and tried to spot this place on the way back. Maybe I should just call them to figure out where they are.
            Veggie sandwiches are becoming more popular. I was at the KOP food court and saw them on the menu at Tony Luke's. Got a cheesesteak with very good beef there by the way. I was surprised.

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              givemecarbs RE: Chefpaulo Mar 1, 2014 07:30 AM

              Finally located this establishment and grabbed a take out menu. Was going to go on sunday until I looked at the weather forcast. Hmm. Maybe today.
              For those who think like me Guppy's is right across from Sonic and now I know where the vietnamese restaurant moved as well. They probably do have the best pho especially now that Saigon on main is done. Anyone try the new restaurant in Lansdale that filled the old saigon spot? I think it is asian. Legend something.

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            curly girl RE: Chefpaulo Feb 20, 2014 04:38 AM

            Haven't been to the second Guppy's location, but I have been to the one on Elm St. in Conshohocken. Never had Poutine, but I know Guppy's has a really good chef. I have only been to Guppy's in Conshy for drinks and snacks and if you go, you must try their Conshy Crush cocktail, which I am sure they also have at the East Norriton location - Orange Tang and spirits (don't recall what liquor is mixed with the Tang) They also have beer and a good wine list as well as cocktails, but we had to try the Conshy Crush at least once. I am sure the musician that Crazy Spice mentions below is David Duong,a really great singer who plays at both Guppy's locations quite often. Try to go on a night he is playing - you won't be disappointed.

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              mkertello RE: Chefpaulo Feb 25, 2014 12:15 PM

              Been to this location on a number of occasions. Great set-up and the aforementioned Conshy Crush lives on.

              I've had the poutine more than once and it did not disappoint. I can't accurately compare it to the authentic versions up north, but it's delicious nonetheless.

              Side note - we usually stop here before/after for drinks when we go to Pho Thai Nam next door. Perhaps the best pho in the area!

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                curly girl RE: Chefpaulo Feb 26, 2014 02:44 PM

                Hi Chef Paulo: I was checking out the menu for Lucky Well in Ambler today and noticed an item called "Texas Poutine" on their menu. Thought I would pass along the info. Here is a link to their website www.theluckywell.com

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                  givemecarbs RE: Chefpaulo Mar 2, 2014 09:14 AM

                  Ended up going there for sunday brunch. It is a good thing we went earlier, that place was really filling up when we left.
                  I liked the bloody mary bar. They give you a glass with ice and vodka and then you go up and help yourself to the bloody mary mix and fixins. Oh my what fixins: bacon, sausage, olives, olives stuffed with cheese, etc. Very tasty.
                  Well my friend demolished his pancakes with a side of potatoes. I fully intended to get the poutine but I could not resist ordering from the breakfast menu even though both menus were available. I got the ranch style eggs with potatoes and I cleaned my plate. Thanks for the rec CP. I'll just have to go back now for the poutine.
                  They had lots of breakfast specials besides the breakfast menu and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves.

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                    Chefpaulo RE: Chefpaulo Apr 4, 2014 11:21 AM

                    Well, I finally got down there for lunch today but I have no rave review. The "Pick 3" lunch special was underwhelming, especially after all coming out at the same time 15 minutes after I had placed my order. The Chicken Chowder garnished with taco strips was rather bland and concealed two large hunks of undercooked potato. The crispy spinach roll was OK but the small chicken club sandwich had more gristle than meat. For $8.99, we can do better.

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                      givemecarbs RE: Chefpaulo Apr 4, 2014 12:00 PM

                      Give them another chance please CP. After all it is because of you that I keep going there. I think this place really shines at brunch, my friend loved his pancakes the first time and waffles the second. And the sides of potatoes.
                      As for the Gup's chowder being bland, well my friend loves bland food. We got it last sunday night and it is comfort food for sure. I tried it and thought it was tasty but we dodged the underdone potato apparently.
                      My other friend and I went there for a belated St. Pat's celebration and he was impressed that they got his burger perfectly medium rare. He liked the fries that came with it so much that he got the poutine for dessert and inhaled it.
                      The place has a friendly happy bar atmosphere that I enjoy. I want to try the stew and mashed and also the chicken pot pie. And more mexican dishes. I think wednesday is mexican night. I really liked the ranch style eggs I got at brunch. I did have to ask for salsa but they brought me some pronto. Sounds like you got unlucky with your choices. I can't wait to hit their bloody mary bar again.

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                        Chefpaulo RE: givemecarbs Apr 5, 2014 05:38 AM

                        Ohhhh....alright. I'll give them another shot and maybe brunch is their crown jewel. However, with Bamboo just down the road a piece, I could easily bypass Guppy for authentic Szechuan any day.

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                          givemecarbs RE: Chefpaulo Apr 5, 2014 10:57 AM

                          Well it helps that I enjoy the bar atmosphere there at Guppys. I know what you mean though. With El Cactus and Jesses both in souderton I don't feel motivated to try much else in the area. Once John and I hit Jesses for lunch and El Cactus for dinner. Wheee!
                          Do not get the veggie burger at Gups CP! My friend who tries veggie sandwiches everywhere found it inedible.

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