In our weeklong coverage of the foods you should fly to try, we can’t help but think of how eternally grateful we are to our neighbors to the north. They’ve given the culinary world important things — Yukon gold potatoes, red McIntosh apples, for example – but, for the cheese- and fries-loving foodies we are, we’ve got to give it up for poutine above all else. A godsend to those of us who have gone a little too hard and need a late-night bite to help soak up that last Scotch of the evening, as well as a solid pick for brunch, basic poutine features French fries topped with cheese curds and dressed with brown gravy — and it’s a national treasure. Chefs there and here are offering up more elaborate versions (see the disco fries at Denville Dinerbar). But if you can’t fly to try the real thing in Canada, check out one of these restaurants for poutine in the States And don’t forget to enter our #WillFlyForFood giveaway.
Toups South, New Orleans, Louisiana
Poutine – now in po’ boy form (just as you might expect in NOLA). The poutine po’ boy from Isaac Toups has all the flavors. Made with pommes frites, chicken bologna, gravy, cheese curds, and fried eggs, it’s toups good. Make a reservation at Toups South.
Halifax, Hoboken, New Jersey
Made with Yukon gold potatoes, cheddar cheese curds, and sherry gravy, chef Seadon Shouse’s potato poutine brunch dish uses roasted Yukon gold potatoes (because Canada?) instead of French fries. They’re broken into bite-sized chunks and fried, capped with cheddar cheese curds, and broiled until the cheese is perfectly melted. To finish, Sherry gravy is poured atop. Make a reservation at Halifax.
Mon Ami Gabi, Chicago, Illinois
A luxe take on the humble hockey-fan fave, the poutine Gabi, served at brunch, features bacon, Jarlsberg, blue cheese, crème fraîche, green peppercorn sauce, and a poached egg. Make a reservation at Mon Ami Gabi.
The Original Dinerant , Portland, Oregon
Recently showcased on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, The Original Dinerant’s executive chef AJ Voytko serves three (!) varieties of poutine, the most decadent of which is Shorty’s, which includes red-wine braised short ribs and cheddar cheese curds covered with rich brown gravy. Make a reservation at The Original Dinerant.
CBD Provisions, Dallas, Texas
A lot of love goes into making executive chef Coner Seargeant’s tater tot poutine. Peeled Kennebec potatoes are sous vided, shredded, compressed, and fried a golden brown. They’re then crowned with a roasty chicken gravy, herbs, a sunny side up egg, and Eagle Mountain Farmhouse Cheese aged Gouda. Make a reservation at CBD Provisions.