Thursday, March 17, 2011
I was leaving the latest Secret Handshake meetup at The King's Head when I saw the signage depicted above. Needless to say, I'm both intrigued and delighted. C'mon...it's poutine!
Judging from the pictures on their site, Smoke's uses actual cheese curds, which everyone should if you're gonna bother with having poutine on your menu. Curds = actual poutine. You wouldn't believe how many folks around here get away with shredded mozza and gravy. Tasty, yes...but not poutine.
Personally, I'm happy to see anything take over the spot The Glass Onion once occupied. I could never tell when they were open, and when they were, the service was either surly or unremarkable.
For the record, don't take my remarks about non-curd poutine to be some sign of poutine elitism. Ask any Montreal resident about poutine, and they'll tell you cheese curds are essential. Using anything else is pretty much ridiculous.