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Poutine-age Dream

So the title doesn’t exactly make sense. But, to quote one of my all-time fave TV personalities / top models / “actors” (don’t even act like you don’t remember Life Size) Tyra Banks, SO WHAT? Let’s talk about poutine.

Before I came to Montreal I’d never even heard of poutine. It’s not super popular in the States (WHY?) but now that I’ve had it I’ve been noticing that it’s being offered at more and more restaurants back home. Not sure if it’s always been that way or if poutine is just now becoming trendy but either way I totally support the integration of poutine into the USA. When I was home last summer poutine was hands down the number one thing that I missed about Montreal, and when I leave Canada for good sometime in the not-so distant future, I know I’ll have a hard time parting with the hot cheesy gooey mix of pure deliciousness.

So what is poutine, exactly? As far as I can tell it’s just french fries topped with gravy and cheese curds. Right now you might be wanting to say, “New Jersey already invented that and it’s called disco fries,” and if that’s the case you can just SHUT UP because it’s NOT the same thing. I’m here to set the record straight officially that disco fries, while good in their own special dirty jerz way, are not even on the same level as poutine. I think it might be the quality of the gravy and the fact that the melted cheese is actually melting cheese curds (which, if you’re eating good poutine, shouldn’t be that melted and should still retain their chunky cheese curdy-ness…it’s much tastier than it sounds, promise) that sets it apart from disco fries. So just back off, New Jersey. You already have a lot of cool stuff, like Bon Jovi and The Giants, so you guys can all cool it and just let Canada have its poutine without trying to one-up them ugly American style.

Poutine Rachel from La Banquise

The best poutine I’ve had was the Poutine Rachel from La Banquise. Ohmygod. Take your basic poutine and add green peppers, onions, and mushrooms and then cry a little bit on the inside because you don’t even know the next time you’re going to taste something so delicious ever again. Unless you live in Montreal, in which case you can visit La Banquise whenever the hell you want because it’s open 24/7. La Banquise supposedly has the best poutine in the city (and it’s certainly the best I’ve tasted) but I’ve only been a handful of times because it’s a little bit off the beaten path and about a million miles from my apartment. But honestly, I’ve eaten a lot of poutine at a lot of random places and I’ve never had some that I didn’t like. Though, full disclosure: I’ve never tried the fast food stuff from Burger King or McD’s, but I’ve heard it’s not totally inedible.

If you’ve never had poutine, you should definitely try it. I know that to a lot of people it sounds kind of disgusting but they’re just going to have to get over that. If people never did things that sounded kind of gross then the human race would probably cease to exist. Seriously, childbirth? Ew. So what I think I’m trying to say is sometimes it’s good to do things that might initially gross you out and also that you should make it a priority to eat poutine, especially in Montreal. And before I leave you with that image I’d just like to say that if anyone from La Banquise is reading this, please consider opening up a new location in the Guy-Concordia area, preferably before I finish uni. Thanks!

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