Where to Find Poutine in Dallas

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Catherine Downes
The duck poutine at Blind Butcher.
Food trends come and go, but for the last few years poutine has been cropping up on menus across the country. Poutine originated as a lowly diner food for drunk Canadians in the 1950s, but chefs are adding their own upscale twists to the dish as it becomes one of the hottest food trends on American menus since truffle oil.

Even if Dallas is a little bit behind on the poutine trend, it's now in full swing. We're not entirely sure who started the poutine craze in Dallas, but you can get your fix at any of these five fine establishments. You should probably get a little (or a lot) drunk before trying them, just to make sure that your experience is fully authentic.

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Joy Zhang
Even vegetarians deserve poutine, like this mushroom poutine at Blind Butcher.
1. The Blind Butcher
The Blind Butcher is already known for its hand-cranked sausages and killer beer selection, but the poutine program managed by Canadian Brendan McCaughey is the best in the city. With the help of meat mastermind and executive chef Oliver Sitrin, The Blind Butcher offers multiple varieties of poutine, including a vegetarian mushroom incarnation, but they are best for a decadent duck poutine with a foie gras add-on. Recently, The Blind Butcher added a new shrimp poutine to their menu that executive Sitrin says is much lighter than the other poutines on his menu. Relatively speaking, of course.

2. Barter
Poutine is a simple dish; execution is everything. At Barter on McKinney Avenue, poutine may feel a little out of place alongside dishes like barbecue pork ribs and chili-crab fajitas, but after one bite everything will all make sense. Fries that have been cooked to a perfect extra-crispy are topped with fresh cheddar curds and a generous helping of rich, beefy gravy with sweetness and a little kick provided by a shot of Wild Turkey. Poutine may not be "American comfort food" as advertised on the menu, but this dish sure feels cozy here at Barter.

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3. The Common Table
If you're really into poutine, there's no amount of foie gras or duck confit that can substitute for a well-made version of the original. At The Common Table, even Canadians can find a version of poutine that they love. At only $7, the crinkle-cut fries, white cheddar curds, and rich brown gravy are a cheap study in the fundamentals of poutine.

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4. Oddfellows
Duck seems to be the most popular upscale addition to poutines across the country, and Oddfellow's is no exception. The basic poutine formula is given a touch of class with a decadent duck confit, and ancho chile gravy adds a little southwestern flair that is new for a dish that you never saw below the Mason-Dixon until recently.

5. Central Standard
At Central Standard, you won't find fries under those layers of gravy and cheese. The poutine here is made with tater tots, but persnickety traditionalists can choose to substitute fries. This isn't the kind of late-night snack you want when you're only a little hungry, though -- a fried egg and pulled pork make this poutine much more of a meal than a side dish. The addition of whole-grain mustard is also unique, and provides a much-needed acidity to cut through all that richness.


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20 comments
PlanoDave
PlanoDave

Another example of shit hipsters like that is truly worthless.  This stuff is this year's PBR.  Or glasses without lenses.

SF4
SF4

What about Full Circle Sliders?  Good stuff.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Can you imagine that bowl of chazerei coming out to the table cold?  BARF!

MattDallas
MattDallas

Problem is, poutine isn't good.  Kind of like this commenting system you guys are running.  I literally signed up to comment that poutine sucks.  I obviously have strong feelings on the subject.

Oxtail
Oxtail

Poutine and Philly Cheesesteak are completely overrated foods and meh at best.  Give me a cheeseburger and/or cheese fries over these anyday.

monstruss
monstruss

@PlanoDave Poutine I don't know what awful world you live in where fries and cheese curds covered in gravy is "worthless," but I imagine it's a dark, joyless place. 

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@Oxtail Don't compare the crap that tries to pass for a cheesesteak made anywhere but in Philly and South Jersey.  And don't go to just any joint in Philly that makes cheesesteaks.  Tony Luke's you should try first.

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

@Oxtail Ever had a real Philly Cheesesteak or just some chain sandwich shop imitation.  Like most foods, there are good and bad versions.

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

Don't lump cheesesteaks in with poutine. Cheesesteaks can be delicious if done right.

Oxtail
Oxtail

I'm certainly not going to Philly or South Jersey just for a frickin' cheesesteak, ...or anything else for that matter. If you're saying cheesesteaks in Dallas suck, then I stand by my comment.

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

Try the one at Truck Yard off Greenville. Go cheese instead of whiz. It's damn good. There is also Fred's Downtown Philly which throws great stuff on them. Over a decade later I'm sad he closed his Inwood location, those were amazing cheesesteaks.

JustSaying
JustSaying

@Sotiredofitall Authentic cheesesteaks have cheese whiz on them. Somebody could be blowing me while I was eating that sandwich and I would still be complaining about how bad cheese whiz tastes.

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