The Country Chicken
Paul celebrated his big 3-0 last week and after going for drinks, we decided to grab a quick and dirty bite at Smoke's Poutinerie on Adelaide St. before the Raptors game. Smoke's was one of the first poutine places to open up shop in Toronto and their menu is hearty and varied. Paul ordered a small Country Style Chicken ($6.95) and seriously, a small is all you need - a large would probably put you into a food coma! This particular poutine included chicken, bacon, cheese curds, gravy, sauteed onions and mushrooms. Oh ya - there were a couple fries in that box too! I think if you asked for the low-fat version of anything in this place, they would just give you an empty box.
I am a Traditonal Poutine ($5.45 ) kinda girl, so I can get the full flavour of the gravy, cheese curds and fries. The gravy is a little bit saltier and thicker than Poutini's, but all around it's a great poutine. The menu breaks down into meat topping categories - pork, chicken, beef and veggie. I am all for trying out the Montreal Poutine ($6.95) next time which comes up smoked meat, a kosher dill and mustard on the side. The fries are crispy and hand-cut from yukon gold potatoes. None of that frozen stuff! The curds are authentic and come straight from the Eastern Townships of Quebec. Vegetarians can also rejoice as Smoke's makes their own vegetable-based gravy.
Smoke's is quickly expanding to three locations in the spring and they have a mobile poutine truck that can come out to special events. Plans for locations in Ottawa, Kingston and Kitchener/Waterloo are also in the works.
Where the magic happens...
One can only imagine the line-ups at this place after a night of drinking in the club district. Smoke's is open until 4 AM on Friday and Saturday nights. Check out their menu online for a full list of their offerings.
Smoke's Poutinerie - www.smokespoutinerie.com
218 Adelaide Street W. (416) 599-CURD