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Old 03-03-2015, 03:19 PM
 
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Has it only been in the past 10-20 years that poutine has become popular in places like Vancouver and Calgary?
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Old 03-03-2015, 03:28 PM
 
Location: Hougary, Texberta
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Old 03-03-2015, 04:30 PM
 
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No, it's been popular in Vancouver for longer than that. I think it's maybe closer to 50 years ago that fries and gravy with additional toppings that was named poutine first started to become more popular in the west. Before the early 60's it was mainly fried potatoes with beef gravy or mushroom gravy topped with butter and salt and pepper that was popular, and that was very common fare introduced by the British in the west from long before WW2.

But certainly it's more than 50 years ago that poutine with the fries, gravy, cheese curds and other toppings was introduced from Quebec to the west. I remember 45 years ago there was this one restaurant on Broadway close to VGH where I worked and I used to go there often on my lunch hours. They had a buffet where you could make up your own poutine from a selection of various ingredients to put on the fries and they had 3 kinds of fries (thick, crinkled, and wedges) - toppings included 3 or 4 types of cheeses or curds, 4 types of gravy and sauces including hot hollandaise sauce, diced sausages, cooked ground beef or pork, chopped ham, fresh or sauteed onions, garlic and celery, diced tomato, sauteed mushroom slices, even sliced boiled eggs and a few other things, I don't remember everything they had for toppings. I used to get the wedged fries and then I selected grated aged white cheddar cheese, ground beef, onions and mushrooms, lots of beef gravy and a huge dollop of butter with a sprinkle of pepper. Hmm mmm good.

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Old 03-03-2015, 05:07 PM
 
Location: Sunnyside, Calgary
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I lived in calgary from 92-97, and i didn't hear about poutine until I moved to halifax(97). I hadn't seen a donair either. I was only 15 when I moved, so my experience was a bit limited.

Both donairs and poutine were very popular when I moved back to calgary in 2006.
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Old 03-06-2015, 05:59 PM
 
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The fact that Canadians seem proud of poutine and constantly tout this nondescript food is embarrassing.
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Old 03-07-2015, 05:50 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Not sure poutine has been around in the West for ''ages'' as some say.

I grew up in eastern Canada outside Quebec in the 70s and 80s. It only started becoming common in the mid 80s and then really took off in the 90s.
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Old 03-07-2015, 01:33 PM
 
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Not sure poutine has been around in the West for ''ages'' as some say.

I grew up in eastern Canada outside Quebec in the 70s and 80s. It only started becoming common in the mid 80s and then really took off in the 90s.
isnt it essentially fries?

I failed to see the need for a different name. It is like no matter what funny stuff you add in an icecream, it is still an icecream.
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Old 03-07-2015, 09:38 PM
 
Location: Windsor, Ontario, Canada
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isnt it essentially fries?

I failed to see the need for a different name. It is like no matter what funny stuff you add in an icecream, it is still an icecream.

Unless of course you do it a little differently. Then you call it gelato.
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Old 03-08-2015, 05:33 AM
 
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isnt it essentially fries?

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This statement makes me wonder if you've ever had poutine.Sure there are fries in the mix but poutine is more than just fries.

https://www.google.ca/search?q=pouti...ed=0CAYQ_AUoAQ

Some of TOs best poutine places.
https://www.google.ca/#safe=active&q...ine+in+Toronto

Warning;this stuff can become addicting..
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Old 03-11-2015, 09:44 AM
 
Location: Southern Quebec
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I love poutine. Come to think of it, I haven't had a delcious, artery-clogging dish of poutine for far too long.

I just found this map of places that sell poutine worldwide.
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