Poutine at Resto La Banquise
In New Orleans we have something called a french fry po’boy. It is not supprisingly similer to Poutine with a few exceptions a french fry po’boy is served on bread and usually has melted cheese on it if it has cheese at all. The New Orleans version originated as far as I know by the need to provide cheap food for those with little cash and it needed to be filling, viola the french fry po’boy was born. I am finding conflicting reports all over the Internets as to where and why Poutine originated but I am going to go out on a limb here and say the heart of the matter was the same especially considering the Arcadian history in both Montreal and New Orleans. There is one very important difference though between the Poutine I ate at Resto La Banquise
and what I have eaten back in New Orleans…Poutine is good. There it is I said it, If you take carbs and you put them on top of carb laden bread and then throw some gravy on it that is not good that is just a cheap heart attack. Poutine on the other hand is tasty really really tasty, like if I could I would go back right now and eat some more tasty. I ate the Classic version from the menu which had high quality fries that may have had a little seasoning on them with cheese curd and gravy but it isn’t just brown gravy it is something more that I can’t put my finger on but that Wikipedia calls “Chicken Velouté Sauce” so I will go with that for now. La Banquise was a wonderful local place to sample this local fare as well, not too far from the Orange line of the Metro it was pretty easy to locate and definitely a find.