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9 Places for Perfect Poutine in Atlanta

By Christopher Hassiotis
February 6, 2014
Photo by: Flickr / bwalsh

We have a hunch that people have gone poutine-crazy just because it's called poutine. A French name (it literally means "mess") gives a hint of the exotic - can you imagine a ton of places putting "gravy cheese fries" on their menu? But regardless of the reason, it's cold out and we're glad Atlanta loves the carb-laden snack.The dish hails from Canada (they've got a whole week going on right now, as Zagat Toronto recently let us know). The traditional assemblage calls for french fries, chicken gravy and cheese curds - here in the ATL, you'll find both traditional and unique takes (tots, barbecue, though still no sweet-potato versions) on the comforting snack-so-big-it's-a-meal.


 

  • Emory Point's The General Muir is inspired by traditional Jewish deli cuisine, so it's no surprise to find pastrami in its poutine. The fries are crisp and, as there's no pork in house, the gravy's made with rich schmaltz - rendered chicken fat. Chunks of crisped pastrami really give the dish an edge, and on the weekends they'll top it with eggs for a hearty brunch item.

    1540 Avenue Place; 678-927-9131

  • Hoof & Ale is a cozy Marietta neighborhood joint, and chef-owner Joseph Rahme's "Southern" poutine special is as comforting as the spot's decor. Finding cross-border accord, the dish tops its fries with a healthy amount of smoky, slightly sweet pulled pork barbecue.

    2100 Roswell Rd., Marietta; 678-224-8844

  • Photo by: Angie Mosier

    Both Bantam & Biddy locations offer a poutine on their "snacks" menu, but it'd be hard not to fill up completely. With a base of fries cooked in duck fat, the restaurant creates its dish with local cheese curds and a rich, peppery chicken gravy. Its breakfast/brunch menu gives diners the option of adding a local fried farm egg, roast chicken or pork for even more indulgence.

    1544 Piedmont Rd.; 404-907-3469
    1050 Crescent Ave.; 404-835-6450

  • Photo by: Brandon Amato

    Hobnob takes its role as a neighborhood tavern seriously, and on its menu recommends a beer to pair with every item. Topped with a homemade peppered chicken gravy and melty mozzarella, this take on poutine calls for a punchy Heavy Seas Loose Cannon IPA.

    1551 Piedmont Ave., 404-968-2288

  • The Fry Guy food truck features crisp, Belgian-style frittes with a sizable array of sauces and dips. Keep an eye out for the poutine, though. It's more often on the menu when the truck sets up outside a bar at nighttime, and has received a lot of praise for its authenticity to the dish's Canadian origins.

    Twitter: @ATLFryGuy

  • Photo by: Flickr / toorayray

    Everybody knows The Vortex as the ridiculously over-the-top Triple Coronary Bypass Burger (aka The Super Stack). The burger joints' two locations are rough around the edges but they they love their food, and apply that sense of why-the-heck-not to fries, too. The Vortex's Dixie Fries are a down-South version of poutine: a mound of french fries topped with white sausage gravy, crumbled bacon and a melted blend of cheddar and jack cheeses - and every now and then, a little paper Rebel flag.

    438 Moreland Ave.; 404-688-1828
    678 Peachtree St.; 404-688-1828

  • Pallookaville has quickly built its reputation on fun and indulgent foods that are made with high-quality ingredients sourced as locally as possible. Though the idea of poutine's from up North, even the canola oil in the fryers is regionally sourced from a family farm. and ordering your hand-cut fries (or tater tots, if you prefer) "poutined" gets a gravy topping that's not too gloopy and cheese curds with a nice bite to 'em.

    17N Avondale Plaza; 404-500-1785

  • A seafood version of poutine's one of the more surprising menu items at The Optimist. The chowder fries, available only on the lunchtime menu, ladles the restaurant's smoked white fish chowder over its shoestring fries and adds a sprinkling of Benton's bacon, clams and white cheddar.

    914 Howell Mill Rd.; 404-477-6260

  • All the way up in the Johns Creek suburbs, Kozmo Gastro Pub gives poutine a meaty spin. The fries are topped with savory, salty gravy and jack cheese, but the kicker's the tender and juicy braised beef.

    11890 Douglas Rd., Johns Creek; 678-526-6094

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Places Mentioned

The Optimist

Seafood • Knight Park/Howell Station

Food26 Decor25 Service24 Cost$55
 
 
 
 
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