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Poutine at Dairy Belle, Dania Beach


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Poutine at Dairy Belle, Dania Beach

s.m. koppelman | Aug 10, 2002 06:28 PM

Dairy Belle's been mentioned before--a roadside ice-cream and hot dog stand on Federal Highway near Dania Beach Blvd. It's owned by a Quebecois family, and it's old-school all the way. I've stopped there before for a drink or a quasi-Blizzard or something, but haven't tried their Quebecois junk food (which also includes toasted hot dogs, guedilles [a fully-dressed hot dog without the hot dog] a couple of kitchen-sink poutine variations and whatever kind of smoked meat one expects to find at a hot dog stand. I didn't see pizzaghetti on the menu, though.

They're not avant-garde or gourmet at the Dairy Belle: the fries are your basic sad frozen krinkle-cuts, and the gravy's bland and smooth. My money says you'll find somewhat tastier versions--if only from better fries--at some of the scruffy cafes on the beach in Hollywood. Letting the whole thing rest for a couple of minutes so the gravy can soak into the fries and soften the (rather firm) cheese curds does help and.. well.. it's not exactly "good", but it is filling and satisfying and does indeed teleport you to a roadside hot dog and ice cream stand in Quebec, circa 1975 (albeit one with palm trees). And that counts for something.

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