Six-Pack: Poutine in Philadelphia

Ah, poutine, arguably the best Canadian import prior to Ryan Gosling, and even more delicious. This Montrealean dish usually consists of French fries, brown gravy, and cheese curds. Due to its popularity, poutine has trickled down into the good old USA and some Philadelphia restaurants have caught on. These six places serve it up right.

Traditional Takes at Noir

Being that their chef is from Montreal, Noir should have the upper hand on delivering this staple. They do it with house cut fries, brown gravy, and “squeaky” cheddar cheese… whatever that is.

Noir
1909 E Passyunk Avenue
267-319-1678

Breakfast Poutine at Square Peg

Seeing as brunch seems to be Square Peg’s strong suit, a breakfast version of poutine may be the right route. Served with fried eggs, bacon, and sausage gravy it sounds like it could be a great hangover cure.

Square Peg
929 Walnut St
215-413-3600

Classic Fries, Curds, and Gravy

The closest to the original Montreal dish may be that at The Blind Pig. Straight up fries, cheese curds, and brown gravy mean that this might actually pass for French-Canadian editions.

Blind Pig
702 N. 2nd St
267-639-4565

Triumph-ant Poutine

At Triumph Brewing Co.’s Philadelphia location, steak frites poutine with foie gras gravy and cheese curds makes this dish a little more intense than the usual, but keeps it simple enough to taste like home. If you’re Canadian, that is.

Triumph Brewing Company – Philadelphia
117-121 Chestnut Street
215-625-0855

Rittenhouse Fries-and-Gravy

Slate serves a very traditional and plain fries, gravy, and cheese curds dish as a side. Perfect for stopping by when shopping around Rittenhouse or if the line at Shake Shack is too long.

Slate
102 S. 21st Street
215-568-6886

An Italian Spin on Canada

Alla Spina does poutine its own way, of course, adding an Italian note that you could only find among pig’s tails. Their poutine is made with guinea hen leg Bolognese and mozzarella curd instead of the traditional dressings but it sounds just as good.

Alla Spina
600 N Broad St
215-763-0920

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  • jay

    Wait a bleeping minute… “it SOUNDS just as good”? You mean you didn’t try this dish? Come on guys. You’ve either got to do better than that or at least pretend (lie).

  • The Cynical Cynic

    Foobooz: We’ll mention your restaurant in our meaningless listicles today, you can advertise/host an event at Cook with us tomorrow!

  • Bronwen

    I assumed she meant it also sounded pleasantly squeaky. but she did use it in the other sense in the square peg blurb, so maybe you’re right. i would love to find veg-friendly poutine. hopefully that’s on it’s way somewhere.

  • http://bhiladelphia.tumblr.com/archive bhiladelphia

    @Bronwen Last time I visited Maru Global (Which was before they moved) The menu included “Curry Fries” that were essentially veg-friendly poutine