Quebec gave birth to poutine, though it’s now standard fare at fast-food joints and diners across Canada. What was originally a homely mass of french fries glopped up with cheese curds and gravy has found a home on many an LA menu, albeit fancied up, and in a dizzying array of proteins and toppings. Here are six places local ‘hounds get excited about ordering poutine.
• Korean galbi poutine has drawn many a ‘hound to Seoul Sausage Company. In place of the cheese curds: sour cream and pickled kimchi onions.
• Soggy fries can be a deal-breaker, so Chowhounds head to Littlefork, where the gravy is on the bottom in order to avoid just that.
• heinous is a big fan of the beef tongue poutine at Haven Gastropub. The meat is tender and braised in chunks, and the Port Salut melts to an ideal state of gooey. “Perfect with their pretty impressive list of beers.”
• Pastrami fries aren’t on the menu at Plan Check Kitchen + Bar, but when offered as a special they’re a Chowhound must. The fries are cooked in beef tallow, then topped with chunks of pastrami and dashi cheese.
• Many a Chowhound has explored the entire menu devoted to poutine at Soleil in Westwood. All come with gravy and cheese curds, but the additional toppings range from mussels au gratin to filet mignon in Cognac cream sauce.
The Parish [Downtown]
840 S. Spring Street, Los Angeles
Seoul Sausage Company [Sawtelle Corridor]
11313 Mississippi Avenue, Los Angeles
1600 Wilcox Avenue, Los Angeles
Haven Gastropub [San Gabriel Valley]
42 S. De Lacey Avenue, Pasadena
Plan Check Kitchen + Bar [Sawtelle Corridor]
1800 Sawtelle Boulevard, Los Angeles
1386 Westwood Boulevard, Los Angeles
Photo of oyster poutine from The Parish / Facebook