A few weeks ago I went to visit my family in Canada and this time around, I was determined to mark poutine (poo-TEEN) off my things to eat in my lifetime list. So I did. I ate poutine. And it was good.
My brother-in-law had read about this new place called La Poutine, a little hole in the wall in Edmonton, which had received good reviews, so we decided to go check it out. I had a general idea of what poutine was, and the opinions on this Canadian dish were quite mixed: it is so bad for you; the fries are a soggy mess; it is gross, etc. I figured eating poutine would be sort of like eating cheesy fries with some gravy poured on top. I mean, what is wrong with that? Now, of course poutine is something one must not eat on a daily basis, unless it is your death wish and you might as well die happy. I was having flashbacks of Eskimo Joe’s awesome cheese fries, circa 1999 while I was in college and my little heart started to pound feverishly just thinking about it.
La Poutine’s small location has some table tops along the walls, so this joint is meant for a quick meal/takeout. The staff was friendly and our food was quickly served. There is a nice selection of poutines and you have a choice of two gravies – traditional and beef. We ordered the large Party Poutine. And by we I mean, my sister, my brother-in-law and I. Yes. We decided to be conscious about portion control and split a large helping between the three of us. I must say, I was comfortably full after eating the rich mound of skin-on fries, traditional gravy, well-seasoned beef, squeaky cheese curds, Frank’s hot sauce, sour cream and green onions. Poutine at its finest. Y-U-M! The cheese curds squeak; sort of rubbery but it is a nice offset to the fries that absorb the gravy. Of course the fries gets soggy; this is what happens when a wet ingredient goes over a dry one. I loved everything about this poutine, and I can now die a happy woman – and certainly not from a poutine-induced heart attack.
Our poutine was CAD 9.95 for the large portion. I must say I thought it was a bit on the high end of what I expected. It reminded me of New York City food prices, but the ingredients were fresh and I was certainly pleased with the flavors. And since we split it among 3 of us, it was priced just right. Ah ma poutine, vous me faites heureuse!
Edmonton, AB T6G