Where to find poutine?

poutine

French fries. Fresh cheese curds. Gravy.

Amanda and Danielle asked via the Twitter recently:

[D]o you know anywhere around here that has poutine?

We've spotted what's touted as poutine a few times in the Capital Region -- but it usually just ends up being fries with gravy and cheese (not a bad thing, just not poutine exactly). We've yet to come across poutine in its full cheese-curdy, Quebecois glory.

So, anyone know where Amanda and Danielle can score poutine around here? Please share!

Bonus bit: there's a Montreal website kind of like AOA called Midnight Poutine, which gives you a sense of when the poutine craving often hits. Also, the famed Montreal restaurant Au Pied de Cochon has poutine made with foie gras.

photo: Flickr user Pierre LaScott

Comments

Buy french fries and gravy from the closest take-out restaurant from your house, have some curds waiting at home.

BOOM

I'm looking forward to the answers to this one. I'm yet poutine-uninitiated, but have been wanting to try it.

Looks somewhat tasty.
If I ever hear a Canadian say anything nasty about caloric-laden American food I'll have this filed away for reference.

I'm not sure if it qualifies as true poutine, but The Local in Saratoga Springs has it one the menu. One of the original partners is Canadian, so one would hope they'd be authentic.

Adventures in Food sells duck fat by the gallon:) I will totally poutine it up with you next time I'm home Danielle.

The Judge's Inn used to serve poutine; but that place went out of business some time ago. Graney's had poutine at one point as a "special" - I remember ordering it during a trivia night, it was very tasty. But it seems that around here poutine is either a special dish or something that's buried deep in the menu.

Jake Moon Cafe in Clarksville has it on the menu.

http://www.jakemoon.net/bakery.htm

I think a petition needs to be circulated to have The Ale House in Troy keep fresh cheese curds in their kitchen. They already do the fries and the right kind (turkey) of gravy.

The Local's poutine is awesome, but is not made with curds...

Amanda and I are on Mission: Poutine Impossible ....I can already hear Danny Elfman's music playing in the background. I'll have to check out Graney's (which I've been meaning to go to anyway) and the place in Clarksville (where ever that is) at some point.

Alternatively, where can we find some good cheese curds? The best comes from a place up in Adams, but I can't find any here :( But yeah, I'll try Graney's as well. I vaguely know where Clarksville is, but don't drive.

Indian Ladder farms sells cheese curds but they are not the same as Montreal "squeaky" cheese.

My family told me last year that we're actually Canadian. Ever since then, I've been wearing lots of denim on the upper quadrants, trying to embrace curling as a sport, integrating the word "eh" into my vocabulary, and being generally awesome. I was hoping to add poutine to my cultural repertoire. Tabarnak!

There will be vendors with cheese curds at any of the local Farmer's Markets - Saratoga, Schenectady, Troy.

My question - is there a specific kind of curds?

I had never heard of this before, and I think I'm already getting a craving!

The Foie Gras poutine at Au Pied de Cochon is one of the best things I've ever tasted. If you're ever in Montreal you should go.

I just make poutine at home. I've never had it in a restaurant here.

I suppose you could always throw some cheese curds on Bombers' disco fries.

@MissaB
"My question - is there a specific kind of curds?"

Yep, like @Brian mentioned above, they have to be the "Sqeaky" kind. I can't really define what makes them different, but when you bite into them they sqeak.

I was always told that the curds made in Canada have a higher bateria count, and aren't allowed in the US, but a quick internet search did not bring up any such information.

@Jessica R: I hope that's true -- just so that there can be curd smugglers.

From what I understand from a dairy farm friend, curds squeak when they are very fresh.

Yancey's Fancy has cheese curds, I'm not sure if they're the squeaky ones, that I've found frequently at the Hannaford in Latham. I second the recommendation of Au Pied de Cochon if you're ever in Montreal. They also have a cookbook if you want to try it at home.

Poutine is such a simple street food and delicious when done right. Fisrst off, the fries need to be hand cut and fried nice and crispy. next, the cheese curds need to be...cheese curds! Not mozzarella. Finally, the gravy needs to be rich and super thick so it can cling to everything. Hot, crispy fries right out of the fryer topped with an abundance of fresh, whole cheese curds, topped with a rich and thick gravy is what Poutine is all about. The fries are hot and crisp. They are topped with large, fresh cheese curds. then a rich and thick gravy is poured over the top and it clings to the fries and curd. There is no watery gravy pooling on the bottom of the plate and the whole cheese curds hold their integrity. They get slightly melty on the outside yet stay nice and firm on the inside. that is what Poutine should be :-)

Love french fries, gravy, and cheese.
Have had cheese fries, never curds, doesn't sound good at all?
Cardiologists will LOVE THIS dish served to their patients, NOT!

When it re-opens, the Captial City Gastropub has some DELICIOUS poutine! I can. not. wait. to get back in there to enjoy that again!

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