Poutine is the quintessential Canadian dish that originated in Quebec but now loved across the nation. In its most basic form, a Poutine consists of french fries topped with brown gravy and cheese curds. Non-Canadians often find this stick-to-your-ribs concoction overly bizarre and caloric but Canadians are fiercely proud of their Poutine. In 2007, Poutine came in at No.10 in the CBC viewer poll on the greatest Canadian inventions of all time, beating the electron microscope, the BlackBerry, the paint roller, basketball, and radio voice transmission, among other items.
While commonly found on the menus of fast food chains, diners, and pubs, the Poutine is also finding its way up the food chain in trendy restaurants throughout the country in “fusion form,” with such additional toppings as pulled pork, lobster meat, and truffles.