There’s no question about the quality of Calgary’s steak, or even its burgers, but its poutine? The Quebecois dish doesn’t exactly have a long tradition in Cowtown, but a handful of spots are offering up a take on the dish that could stand up to anything in the land. Here, Calgary’s finest plates of poutine.
The District Pub and Eatery
The kitchen approaches poutine with confidence and gusto, throwing everything but the kitchen sink on thin, shoe-string fries. Pork chops, caramelized onions, ground beef, and fried egg are standouts on a list of 12 toppings – plus cheese curds and rich homemade gravy, which, of course, come standard. $6.95. 607 11 Ave. SW, 403-233-2433.
Kansas City ribs and brisket overshadow poutine at this smokehouse, but Palamino’s “big mess,” made with fresh-cut fries, is a gem. Traditional squeaky cheese offers authenticity, and gravy brings the zing, but the clincher here is the smoked pulled pork topping. $13. 109 7 Ave. SW, 403-532-1911.
The Regal Beagle
Cheese lovers will gorge themselves on the super-cheesy thick-cut fries here, though those seeking authentic curds will be disappointed. The gravy’s also solid, and the atmosphere is lively, making the Beagle the best spot in town to watch the game with poutine and pint in hand. $8.95. 410 14th St. NW, 403-283-6678.
Nestled among suburban big box stores, this Canadian outpost of the Californian chain channels a 1950s diner feel. Fries are crisp, gravy is flavourful, and curds are replaced with finely shaved cheddar cheese, which disappoints purists, but delights gluttons. $5.27. 33 Heritage Meadows Way SE, 403-255-1144.
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