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Old 07-04-2016, 10:39 AM   #301
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went to la belle a month ago... was super super disappointed. Felt nothing special, felt like costco poutine... felt like something I could of made at home :/

those two fat owners looks like they couldnt give two shits either, was really rude. Overpriced
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^^ seriously? Poutine tastes way better with the cheese melted, I think the general majority agrees

edit: I have to agree with Verdasco, charging $13.5 for a large is quite expensive to me, lol i was expecting the best poutine ever but it was mediocre at best. The sausage tasted liek it was just microwaved and cut up and put on top
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Wow, Obsideon really does know his stuff.
I guess he knows food in general, makes sense.


Also.
Re: the cheese....
Most people are probably used to eating cheese, and seeing it melt.

With people having an image of melted cheese like idealized like this in their heads.
However, authentic poutine is made with cheese curds, not cheese.Good curds in a poutine aren't all melty.
Softened outsides? Yeah. A bit of melted at the edges makes sense too.
In fact, the defining characteristic of cheese curds is the squeak.

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Cheese Curds will have a mild flavour and a rubbery texture.
Good fresh ones will squeak as you bite into them.
The squeak is caused by the proteins in the cheese, which are still very "elastic" because they have been freshly made.
Fans say any Cheese Curd over a day old ain't worth eating. After that, you won't hear or get the squeak, and they get dry and salty-tasting.
If the Cheese Curds taste really salty, they are getting really old.

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I'm not saying the be-all-end-all is authenticity,
but if people want to judge based on criteria/characteristics of something that isn't the classic qualities,
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I think this seems like a pretty good judgement criteria.

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A classic poutine is made with squeaky cheddar cheese curds. These are always best at room temperature, and lose their squeak fast when kept in the fridge. This is why the best poutines use cheese made on the same day. A good curd keeps its squeak even after being smothered in gravy. The average curd diameter in your poutine should be at least 1cm. Curds should be evenly distributed throughout the poutine, not just on top. It is okay for the curd to melt a little on the outside – some people prefer a bit of melting – but it should never disintegrate into the gravy. There should be enough curds in a poutine so that you are not left staring at a large bowl of gravy & fries and wanting more – you shouldn’t ever need to ask for “extra fromage.” Other types of cheese may produce good results in designer poutines, but any such substitution should be clearly indicated on the menu.
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i could care less about the cheese in my experience, ingredients felt cheap and NOT worth over $10.00

fries / meat etc.
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The fact that La Belle is good is because their cheese curds squeak, and their gravy is quite good from what I remembered. Different strokes for different folks.

If you're expecting melted Cheese on a poutine than you're not eating it right. Go get yourself some chili cheese fries or something.
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If you are looking for melted cheese in your poutine... go to a casual chain restaurant or shitty pub, they usually use grated mozzarella in their poutines.
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funny thing is, in Quebec most of the time all you get is the melted soup shit.

probably ate it at 10 different places over the two times i've been, and the vast majority of times in the little old "traditional" places by the time you dig in it's a fucking soup on your plate lol
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frites opened 24/7 yall got no excuses haha
Where is this place you speak of? I am craving food right now.

Frites with benefits? According to google they close at 12 and they also didn't pick up the phone
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i think hes referring to fritz
https://www.zomato.com/vancouver/fri...town-vancouver
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that one opens up till 230 and is prob the best one, the one i was talkin about is frites on granville, its 24/7
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that one opens up till 230 and is prob the best one, the one i was talkin about is frites on granville, its 24/7
good to know ima hit it up at like 4am lol
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that one opens up till 230 and is prob the best one, the one i was talkin about is frites on granville, its 24/7
u sure? on their website it says they're open to 12am on mon,tue,wed,thurs, sunday. on fri/sat they're open till 4am.
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went to la belle a month ago... was super super disappointed. Felt nothing special, felt like costco poutine... felt like something I could of made at home :/
those two fat owners looks like they couldnt give two shits either, was really rude. Overpriced
To be fair you can make any type of poutine at home. It's fries, toss some cheese on top and pour gravy. I don't agree that La Belle is even comparable to Costco poutine... I literally tossed half my Costco poutine in the trash. Gravy was way too salty and the cheese was cold and rubbery like an eraser.

The prices are on par with most Vancouver poutine shops, the traditional large poutine (which is freakin' huge) is $10. The Jumbo poutine at Fritz is $11. So technically they are all overpriced. The nonchalant attitude of the 2 fat guys could be improved but it's a fast food fry shop. I wasn't expecting much and they are pretty funny sometimes.

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^^ seriously? Poutine tastes way better with the cheese melted, I think the general majority agrees

edit: I have to agree with Verdasco, charging $13.5 for a large is quite expensive to me, lol i was expecting the best poutine ever but it was mediocre at best. The sausage tasted liek it was just microwaved and cut up and put on top
I think you might be in the minority hehe. Squeaky cheese with crispy fries is the best! Why would you want to eat a soft mushy pile of melted cheese with soggy fries swimming in gravy?
$13.50 is for those speciality poutines that load on different toppings isn't it? I think the traditional large is $10. The medium is more than enough for me at $8.
The "Lucic Poutine" with all the toppings at Mean Poutine is like $19, now that is overpriced lol.

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funny thing is, in Quebec most of the time all you get is the melted soup shit.

probably ate it at 10 different places over the two times i've been, and the vast majority of times in the little old "traditional" places by the time you dig in it's a fucking soup on your plate lol
True, when I hit up Montreal I was super pumped about trying "The best Poutine in Canada" in this famous little shop called Le Banquis, however it came out a soupy mess and I did not like it at all lol. I must have had like 2 poutines a day the week I was there.
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It's been a long time since Quebec.

But don't the majority of places not even bother with scratchmade gravy?
Most are pre-made and brought in aren't they?

Poutine gravy | St-Hubert

I think Anny's even has it for sale right at their counter.
And iirc, curds from Quebec too.
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This is aways out there but if you're ever passing through 70 mile there's a place called the sugar shack that's run by a French Canadian and the poutine there is awesome.
so ended up at the sugar shack on friday heading to my buddies cabin, as is said it's a real french canadian guy running it lol, along with the attitude! lol

they also have really great jerky if you're into it, worth the stop for the jerky alone.

me and my buddy split the full order poutine and when i asked for another fork he cracked some joke about being gay or somthing lol but for 70 mile definately felt like the typical Quebecois attitude



poutine was better than 90% of the stuff in the lower mainland, the fries tasted like either home made, or ordered from somewhere ive never had before, kinda like white spot but more flavour

gravy was obviously hand made as it had pepper corns in it and tonnes of flavour you dont get from a package. curds were good and the entire thing was pretty tasty, not until the last few bites did it become soggy.

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^^^ I honestly really hate white spot fries. Every time I had them they are soggy as shit and they are either not salted or salted way too much.

Angle is all the difference a picture can make, but those fries look cold and soggy. Gravy and curds look spot on though.
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Surprisingly, the poutine at Tugboat Annie's is pretty solid. A lot better than most place that's not known for their poutines. I only gave it a try since it's directly across from my work.
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Surprisingly, the poutine at Tugboat Annie's is pretty solid. A lot better than most place that's not known for their poutines. I only gave it a try since it's directly across from my work.
Went here yesterday to wait out traffic. For the price you get a ton of fries, couldn't finish the wing special I bought with it...
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What did you think of their poutine? Any other places better around the area?
It was a bit soggy in the middle, but I expected it. Not bad value-wise, but there isn't much else in the area.
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Had the worst poutine last night.

Smoke's Poutinerie on Granville.
Tried the "Triple Pork", the fries were a soggy, flavourless mess with what looked like microwaved chopped up sausages and pale looking dry pull pork dumped on top. Gravy was watery and everything felt oily, even for a poutine.

Didn't finish it, never again.
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Definitely not local but if any of you find yourselves in Halifax, check out Truck Side and visit Cheese Curds. They have some of the best poutine I've ever had. The one you have to try is the Ukrainian Perogi Poutine, though their basic one is good as well.
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