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Best Bets for Perfect Poutine in Atlanta

By Christopher Hassiotis | March 25, 2015 By Christopher Hassiotis  |  March 25, 2015
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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, Canadian-origin snack. 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.


 

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    Find yourself at Avalon's Oak Steakhouse for its new Sunday brunch service, and poutine's one of your appetizer options. The shoestring fries veer thin, and the cheese curds and pork gravy are made in house.

    950 Third Street, Alpharetta; 678-722-8333

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    Looking for poutine on the Westside? Head into the quirky Pijiu Belly, where East Asian flavors influence American bar food standards. Things are played pretty straight with this one, though — hand-cut fries are smothered under dark, chunky pork gravy and topped with cheese.

    678 10th St NW; 404-343-6828

  • Dish Dive's a hidden Kirkwood gem, but its tiny space allows for big flavors. The menu rotates regularly, but we've seen a number of takes on poutine — one with chicken gravy and white cheddar, another subbing in mushroom gravy for a veg-friendly version. Word is they've even done up a fancier version with duck confit and aged provolone (check the "dive fries" section of the menu).

    2233 College Ave. NE; 404-957-7918

  • Midtown's Hi-Five Diner offers diners four takes on the french-fry concoction, all under the "disco fries" heading: the more traditional poutine slathers brown gravy and cheddar on the potatoes, but you can also opt instead for: white chicken chili in place of the gravy; bacon and a bleu-cheese sauce; or In-N-Out-inspired "animal style" with grilled onions, American cheese and Thousand Island-esque "special sauce."

    903 Peachtree St. NE; 404-347-3335

  • 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

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    All four Atlanta 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.

    Multiple locations

  • 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

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    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

  • 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

  • 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 whitefish chowder over its shoestring fries and adds a sprinkling of Benton's bacon, clams and white cheddar.

    914 Howell Mill Rd.; 404-477-6260

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The Optimist

Seafood Knight Park/Howell Station
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The General Muir

American Druid Hills
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Pallookaville Fine Foods

American Avondale Estates
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Bantam + Biddy

Southern American Lenox
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Chicken Midtown
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Bantam + Biddy

Chicken Piedmont Heights
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Bantam + Biddy

American Piedmont Heights
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Hi-Five Diner

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Pijiu Belly

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