I haven’t been to Quebec yet to try poutine in its place of origin. I’ve had it in three places in SF recently though and am not sure if the versions I’ve had are technically poutine.
Box Kitchen (SoMa, SF)
Got some takeout poutine from Box Kitchen, the food window attached to the Tempest bar in SoMa. It was one of the day’s specials. I guess not really a poutine as it lacked gravy and instead was topped with braised short ribs. It did have what looked like cheese curds or mozzarella though. Despite the lack of gravy this was actually pretty good. Tasted better than it looked. Box Kitchen makes good fries and the short ribs were also tasty. I didn’t like the cheese chunks that much though, just tasted like room temperature mozzarella chunks. I think they would have been better if there was some gravy to melt them a bit.
Zoe’s (Mission, SF)
Zoe’s version of poutine had blue cheese instead of cheese curds. Good gravy that was a little white colored, kind of like a sausage gravy - may have had some dairy in it. Had some mushrooms too. Blue cheese was an interesting topping. Some of it melted into the gravy. Gave it a funkier taste than what I’m guessing one would typically expect from a poutine.
Rosamunde Sausage Grill (Mission, SF)
Although known for its sausages, Rosamunde also has a poutine on their menu. You have the option of adding any of their sausages to the poutine but I just had it plain. Huge portion. Cheese looked like cheese curds, and some of it melted into the gravy. Fries were fine but I didn’t really like the gravy. It’s described as a green peppercorn gravy and had a few peppercorns in it. Gave it a weird tangy flavor that I didn’t like that much.
Has anyone tried the branch of Smoke’s Poutinerie in Berkeley? They are a Toronto based chain. Anyone have a favorite place for poutine in SF or whereabouts?