Cheap Eat of the Week: a traditional poutine — layered with extra cheese curds — from Poutini’s
By Gizelle Lau
Squeaky goodness (Image: Gizelle Lau)
It’s a classic, recurring problem. A dilemma, even. One that’s as enduring as Coke versus Pepsi or Mac versus PC. A predicament that we’ve all faced around midnight, as the hunger pangs or munchies increase while wandering down West Queen West, desperation beginning to set in: Poutini’s or Smokes?
On a certain evening in the heart of West Queen West, post-Beaconsfield, the choice was easy and not at all lamentable: Poutini’s House of Poutine. First, there’s the fries: hand-cut daily in-house, then double-fried for extra crispiness. Then there’s the cheese curds, which come in fresh from Maple Dale every other day for optimal cheese curd squeakiness, which many argue is what makes or breaks a good poutine. Lastly, there’s the gravy, made in-house daily and equal parts sweet, savoury, salty and delicious.
At $9, this week’s Cheap Eat is Poutini’s traditional poutine, layered with an extra helping of cheese curds, since you can never go wrong with more squeaky, cheesy goodness. Especially when it’s topped with your choice of traditional, vegetarian or vegan/gluten-free gravy. As an added bonus, it’s available until 3:30 a.m. on weekends.
Poutini’s House of Poutine, 1112 Queen St. W., 647-342-3732
Gizelle Lau is a food and travel writer/photographer in Toronto who lives from one meal to the next. Her column, Cheap Eat of the Week, highlights dishes that costs $10 or less. Follow her on Twitter for your daily dose of food from in/around the city.