Anyone visiting Quebec gets talked into trying Poutine. It is a delicious combination of French fries, cheese curds, and gravy.
The restaurant “Montréal Poutine”, that I visited during my trip to Canada last December, used a vegetable gravy even though it tasted like mushroom gravy to me. I am sure a lot of people know what Poutine is. However, I thought it was kind of cool that the restaurant had its story written with chalk on the wall to probably avoid the same type of questions from those new to it or just to create a more casual atmosphere for their customers. Unfortunately, it was a bit crowded and I couldn’t get a full picture. Those that never heard of this dish can see what Poutine looks like in the photo below.
About three months later, I have seen Poutine on a menu at a restaurant called “Creperie Bouchon” in Asheville, North Carolina. I ordered it for my husband that has never had Poutine before. It looked and tasted differently than the Canadian version because the recipe it was adjusted for the American taste. Maybe the owners thought that the way Canadian Poutine looked like it might not be appealing to many people unless they were really hungry. I just think they wanted to create a variety for their customers. The French fries were crunchier and the gravy was dense and very tasty. We added sausage and cheddar cheese to the mixture.
Photo#1 has been cropped for better view: by Sjschen (Own work) [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons