Ask me for my top ten list of San Francisco foods - individual items - and you will find a curious and unique treat way at the tippy top of the list (hmmm, post idea). Salt House does a crazy good, French-Canadian, gut-wrenching, heart-stopping, I-dream-about-you-when-it's-been-a-week-or-two-since-last-gazing-into-your-crispy-mounds.........Poutine.
Let's get some wiki on it:
Poutine is a diner staple which originated in Quebec and can now be found across Canada. It is sold by both fast food chains (such as New York Fries,Harvey's, Ed's Subs), in small "greasy spoon" type diners (commonly known as "casse-croûtes" in Quebec) and pubs, as well as by roadside chip wagons. International chains like McDonald's, A&W, KFC and Burger King also sell mass-produced poutine. Popular Quebec restaurants that serve poutine include Chez Ashton (Quebec City), La Banquise (Montreal), Louis (Sherbrooke), Lafleur Restaurants, Franx Supreme , La Belle Province, Le Petit Québec and Dic Ann's Hamburgers. Along with fries and pizza, poutine is a very common dish sold and eaten in high school cafeterias in various parts of Canada.
Now you know that Salt House isn't going to go pedestrian with this pedestrian dish. No, no, no sir [maam] we're gittin' gourmet with our poutine. Here's what I know:
- French fries - double fried so they'll stay crispy under the cheese and gravy. Peanut oil, I've been told.
- Bravo Farms cheddar - located in Traver, CA halfway between Fresno and Bakersfield. Must have some nice cows out there. Lovely melting goodness.
- Short ribs gravy - long braised and savory, rich, luscious, silky.
Add it all up and you get a treat for the ages. Really, I'm not kidding. Here's another street food idea. Make a poutine cart and park it in front of my showroom. I will get fat and won't care. I'd die happy.
Get your poutine at Salt House [LINK]. Make a reservation for lunch just in case. Let me know what you think.