Who doesn’t love a good poutine? It’s the perfect comfort food to warm any wintry day. And if you’ve sampled a few varieties, you’d know just how out of the box – I daresay exotic – some of these cheesy creations can get. Think Le Burger Week on caffeine minus the burger, plus the potatoes and smothered in creamy curds.
Winnipeggers, get ready! La Poutine Week will be making its first foray into Winnipeg with over 70 restaurants across the city gearing up for the seven-day event, which begins on February 1 and runs until February 7. And with seven days of French fry feasting, this gives you more than enough time to choose the poutine creation that you believe deserves your stamp of approval.
Here are just a few of the restaurants and their poutine offerings that you can look forward to during La Poutine Week:
Creation: It Is Always Sunny at Prairie
What’s in it: Crispy fries with bacon, house pickled jalapeños, cheese curds topped with onion gravy and finished with a sunny-side-up egg and green onions.
Carnaval Brazilian BBQ
Creation: Carne Louca Poutine
What’s in it: Pulled Brazilian beef, grilled pineapple, red peppers, and curd cheese on a bed of skinny fries.
Crown Bar & Grill
Creation: Potato Pancake Poutine
What’s in it: A giant homemade potato pancake topped with French fries, gravy and cheese curds and served with sour cream and spiral-cut apples.
La Roca Papas
Creation: Locas Poutine
What’s in it: Crispy fries served on a skillet topped off with homemade mac and cheese sauce, a queso cheese mix, green peppers, red peppers, corn, green onions, fresh sliced jalapeños and carnitas topped with pico de gallo.
Creation: Sockeye Poutine
What’s in it: Crispy tofu topped with Bothwell, smoked Gouda, spicy, marinated wild sockeye salmon, tortilla crisps and chopped jalapeños.
Creation: Deluxe O.K.O. Poutine
What’s in it: Egg omelette, marinated grilled octopus, mozzarella cheese, okonomi sauce, fresh-cut crispy fries, tossed in shichimi seasoning.
Creation: Little Poutine on the Prairie
What’s in it: Hand-cut russet potatoes, Saskatoon berries, Bothwell cheddar curds, apple bacon, popcorn chicken, spicy mustard aioli and Fort Garry dark beer gravy.
Creation: The Great Poutini
What’s in it: Hand-cut fries, Bothwell curds, gravy, pulled barbecue rib meat, Elman’s dill pickles, green crispy onions, topped with a BBQ rib!
Mon Ami Louis Restaurant
Creation: Bison Chili Poutine
What’s in it: House-cut fries with hot bison chili, cilantro, crème fraiche, jalapeños and sharp cheddar.
Creation: Dr Laidlaws Green Eggs and Ham Poutine
What’s in it: Russet potatoes, sausage gravy, Hollandaise sauce, Timothy’s bangers, (sausage), eggs, crispy shallots, green onions and maple smoked bacon.
And of course La Poutine Week would not be complete with you casting your vote for your favourite poutine. Just head to La Poutine Week, sign up and hit “Vote”. Winners will be chosen at the end of the week.