Poutine: The Perfect Hangover Cure
Type of Cuisine: French Quebec a.k.a. Québecois
Where did you have it: Québec, but to my surprise when I was younger I also had it at Jay Peak Sky Resort. Which was strange because it used to strictly be a Quebec dish not known in many other places in Canada, not to mention the USA. Nowadays however you can find this comfort food just about anywhere from Toronto at Various Locations, Vancity at Fritz European Fry House to NYC at TPoutine. I guess a good dish doesn’t stay obscure for long!
How much?: In Quebec you can usually expect to pay anywhere from $5 to $10, higher end places like Au Pied Du Cochon make a “Poutine au Foie Gras” that will run you $23, which is a quintuple bi-pass waiting to happen as opposed to your run of the mill poutine which is only a double bi-pass.
Poutines come in various different stylings, you can have it Italian style with a bolognese sauce, you can add chopped bacon, hot dogs, the sky’s the limit! La Banquise, a 24 hour poutine joint in Montreal is known for having the most extensive range of poutine toppings around. If you can’t find your favorite here, then this dish simply isn’t for you.
Rate it 1 to 10: 10 out of a possible 10
This is the best, late night, drank too much, and now your vision is blurred because of it, type of food, it’s heavy, greasy and will fill your stomach and absorb all the liquor you’ve ingested. It’s the perfect way to end a debacherous night out. It also makes a great comfort food.
At all costs however don’t make it a staple of your diet otherwise you will expire before the due date if you know you what I mean!
When done right, this dish kicks some serious butt and is as popular in Quebec as a dish can get! If you haven’t tried it, then I highly recommend trying it at least once.
Think about it: Fries +Cheese + Gravy… how can it miss?
My personal favorite, is a standard poutine with chopped smoked meat on top.