Café Casse Croute serves up some very tasty French-Canadian food, plus some south-of-the-border (well, the Canadian border) specialties, says Das Ubergeek. He was disappointed by the poutine, the French fries smothered in gravy and cheese curds, but more than satisfied with the tourtière, a spiced meat pie with a thin, tender pastry crust covered in gravy. With pommes lyonnaise/roast potatoes and garlic bread on the side, the pie is a mere $5.95. A fresh strawberry crepe ($2.50) for dessert is textbook, although the amount of alcohol is overkill.
Also on the menu: croque monsieur and madame, savory crepes, sugar pie, and cream puffs. For breakfast, stuffed French toast seems to be the specialty, with real Québecois maple syrup.
Service is casual—the older Vietnamese couple who run the place seem to be easily overwhelmed. If you don’t mind waiting a few minutes for a coffee refill, you’ll be all right. Cash only, though.
If you’re dead set on the poutine (and no, you can’t beg them to whip you up a batch at Casse Croute; they may have the gravy and potatoes, but there are no curds), a good standby is the Canadian Café in Monrovia. Poutine has also reportedly been seen, tasted, and enjoyed at Dusty’s in Silver Lake.
Café Casse Croute [Orange County]
656 S. Brookhurst Street, Anaheim
Canadian Café [San Gabriel Valley]
125 East Colorado Boulevard, Monrovia