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  • Kate 11:13 on 2011/03/06 Permalink | Reply  

    Boing Boing talks poutine but gets it wrong: as far as I’m aware (correct me please folks) there have never been any “poutine trucks” unless we’re talking some Ontario bastardization going on over the border.

    On the other hand, poutine with curry sauce is a dynamite idea. In Ireland, curry chips are a standard snack, but to me they were missing something – the squeak of curd cheese. This potential delight may have come a little closer.

    • Matt 11:26 on 2011/03/06 Permalink

      Um, excuse me Kate but where I grew in eastern Ontario, Glengarry County, the “poutine truck” or chip stand as we call them make some of the best poutines anywhere. We take our poutine very, very seriously out there. There are three chip stands serving a town of about 7,000 people and all of them make much better poutines than any I’ve had in Montreal save for maybe one or two. Here Paul Patate is extraordinary. In Glengarry it would just be average.

      So, I suggest that you get out there and try some of those “bastardizations.” You may be shocked. I’ve always been unimpressed with poutine in Montreal. After a trip to Gaetan’s Chip Stand you will be too.

    • Ian 11:53 on 2011/03/06 Permalink

      I’d be pretty surprised if Montreal didn’t have poutine trucks before Drapeau commenced on his mission to ruin everything good about the city.

    • Kate 12:03 on 2011/03/06 Permalink

      But I don’t think poutine was common in Montreal before the days of Drapeau.

      Matt: thanks for the info. No insult was intended. Not having a car, I can’t check out the mad poutine of eastern Ontario, but I’m interested to know it exists.

    • Bob Rutledge 12:54 on 2011/03/06 Permalink

      There are, in fact, poutine trucks in Toronto, and until the recent openings of dedicated poutineries there (such as Smoke’s or Poutini’s), those were where most TO folks had had poutine (although it should be noted that there were several other single-owner restaurants that have been serving poutine in Toronto for at least several years).

      In Montreal, you can have a very nice curry poutine from — wait for it — McKibbins Irish pub. I’ve had it at the Bishop St. location, I presume it is at the other locations as well.

    • Matt 13:05 on 2011/03/06 Permalink

      None taken! I just get a little worked up when talking about poutine. What else has Quebec contributed to world culture?

      If you’re ever out that way I’ll take you on a chip stand tour.

    • Jim P. 13:51 on 2011/03/06 Permalink

      At a chip wagon permantently installed near Smith Falls in eastern ontario we ordered Poutine. We were corrected “It’s Chips and Cheese around here.” They would take offence at calling it a Poutine Truck.

    • Carlos 13:58 on 2011/03/06 Permalink

      I’ve been trying to spread the word about Chef Guru’s curry poutine for more than a year (excellent spicy fries, cheese curds, fresh cilantro and butter chicken sauce). He almost closed down his restaurant last year. It’s on St-Laurent between Rachel and Duluth. And it’s cheap too.

    • Kate 14:22 on 2011/03/06 Permalink

      omg Carlos.

    • Blork 15:00 on 2011/03/06 Permalink

      The Boing Boing piece is by Cory Doctorow, who grew up in Toronto AFAIK. T.O. And Ontario in General are full of Fry trucks, as is most of Canada (down east we called them “chip trucks”). I doubt many were specifically poutine trucks, more likely chip trucks that served poutine.

      Growing up in Nova Scotia we had chip trucks galore, but I never heard of Poutine until I came to Montreal in the late 80s. Now, however, it’s not unusual to see poutine on the menu in N.S. Chip trucks.

    • Chris E 22:00 on 2011/03/06 Permalink

      My experience has been that poutine outside of the city is much better than in the city as the curds tend to be much fresher (and thus much squeakier and flavourful).

      I second the Chef Guru curry poutine. It is absolutely amazing! I actually tried to go there this evening for a post library dinner and it was closed. We actually contemplated breaking down the doors and cooking the poutine ourselves!

    • Glenn 22:52 on 2011/03/06 Permalink

      Its true, the poutine in Eastern Ontario is way better and more unhealthy than anything you’ll find in Montreal and probably even Quebec. They don’t skimp on the gravy and cheese curds. My franco-ontarien friends swear their Northern Ontario poutine is above all others as well.

    • walkerp 09:17 on 2011/03/07 Permalink

      Oh man, I want to get at one of those chip trucks! Sound awesome.

      My great uncle grew up on the Main in the 30s and 40s. His families apartment was right above where the chip truck would park for the night and he and his brothers used to sneak in and steal potatoes. I don’t know if it was poutine or just potatoes, but they definitely had chip trucks (pulled by a horse). Such a sad loss.

      Where exactly is this Chef Guru? Is that the sort of Indian fast food place run by the ex-McGill cafeteria chef?

    • Kate 12:17 on 2011/03/07 Permalink

      Wow, nothing gets people talking like poutine.

      walkerp: I don’t think poutine existed in the 1930s or 1940s. Wikipedia says it originated in rural Quebec in the late 1950s. I don’t think it reached Montreal till some time later – I doubt you’d find any mention of it being served at Expo 67, for example.

      Chef Guru is on the Main between Rachel and Duluth, west side. I haven’t been there yet but now that I know they serve curry poutine it’s high on my list of things to do.

    • David M 14:26 on 2011/03/08 Permalink

      to chime in a little late here, it so happens that i’ve been all around ontario and quebec eating poutine as part of a grand tour with a german friend of mine. so here we go – from about the sault into sudbury all the way to ottawa, you’ll find poutine trucks. ottawa has permanent stalls for them, and there seem to be festival permits near major event places (byward, parliament, sparks). toronto has some trucks, used to be more of them out w queen west, but i guess maybe they’ve moved on. along the ottawa-cornwall-montreal axis, we have loads of poutine stands and trucks. to be perfectly honest, though i appreciate poutine in ontario, i’m still thinking that some of these places in the townships and beauce are superior (granby’s fromage qualite summum has the best curds i’ve ever had, for instance), but there is indeed something to be said about the eastern ontario poutines – your gravy beats most quebec gravies hands down.

  • Kate 10:48 on 2011/03/06 Permalink | Reply  

    La Ronde is offering a thousand jobs this summer.

  • Kate 10:28 on 2011/03/06 Permalink | Reply  

    Despite predicting warm temperatures and rain for today, Environment Canada’s now hanging its head and amending that to a winter storm warning with 20 cm of snow between now and tomorrow evening for Montreal and even more outside the city. Oh, and maybe a few touches of freezing rain too.

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