Recently Trev and I met a friend for a quick bite to eat at La Poutine. None of us had been there before, so we decided it was time to give it a try. I'd read some good reviews from other Edmonton foodies and had high hopes.
Trev wanted to try The Traditional. I was ordering for him, while he held the table outside, so I wasn't expecting to be asked what kind of gravy. The choices were western-style (more beef flavour) or quebecois-style (more herbs). I choose the western-style for him, but apparently I did not make the right decision...my mind reading powers are limited. Denis tried the Quebecois Poutine, which was traditional poutine topped with sliced montreal smoked meat. Smoked meat isn't my favourite, but Denis said it was good. I decided on The Party Poutine - traditional poutine with seasoned ground beef, hot sauce, sour cream and green onion. It was a party in my mouth :) I liked the crispy fries with the hot sauce and crunchy green onions.
True to the definition of poutine, the fries were fresh and hot with the potato skins still on (so good), there were large squeaky cheese curds and hot gravy. Like Chris, I thought that the shape of the serving container was less than ideal. The taller, vertical containers let all the gravy run to the bottom of the cup and I think it made the fries soggy faster, it also prevented the cheese curds from warming up. I like my cheese curds a little softer after everything has been together for a bit; you know, squeaky for the first few bites then warm and melty and it just didn't seem to happen with any of our poutines. Overall, I was pleased with my selection and I know I'll be back for another visit...I just might not be rushing to get back.