The Poutine Problem

Oh Poutine! Grab your forks

Being an expat Canadian it’s hard for me not to love the Canadian National Dish, Poutine. Simply put Poutine is french fries topped with cheese curds and gravy. The result is a delicious, cheesy, fattening mess–did I mention it’s also delicious? Ignoring the fact that it’s hugely fattening, the problem with poutine is the gravy. If I could find a restaurant in DC that makes it, I also have to be wary of the animal the gravy comes from; I don’t eat red meat so the gravy either has to be chicken or vegetarian. Most chefs don’t take my needs into consideration so since DC is going through a pork craze there’s a lot of sausage gravy in the few places that have Poutine on the menu.

If Poutine takes off, as it should, in DC I know there’ll be a lot more variations. Right now it’s a delicious novelty and therefore has limited variety.

I wish I could recommend some places in DC to try this food from my homeland, but I haven’t tried any. I’ll update as I try different places as informed by Yelp.

Posted by Trish

Tricia Harvey is an awesome, funny, left leaning (but not dogmatic), artsy-fartsy, graphic designing, intellectually curious, outdoor loving chick. Orginally harkening from the ice and snow of Canada, she now lives in the north of Virginia.

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