A big ol’ dish of poutine, served hot and fresh at the best place to get poutine in Boston: Saus, at 33 Union St.
It’s completely understandable that you may not be familiar with something called poutine. Unless you are from Canada, where this Canadian comfort food has become an unofficial national dish – at least among the French-speaking Quebecois – and eaten more often than not after a night out on the town, there’s no reason you would’ve ever heard of it.
But the fact is, poutine’s star is on the rise in this country.
It’s been written up in the New York Times, featured on the Food Network, and these days you can even get it at a restaurant in Texas.
So what is it?
At its heart, poutine is refreshingly uncomplicated: french fries and cheese curds slathered in gravy. That’s it.
But beyond its deceptively simple list of ingredients, poutine afficianados spend a considerable amount of time arguing about what constitutes “real” poutine, where the best poutine can be found and trading recipes.
For example, some versions of the dish include other ingredients, such as bacon or chicken. To the poutine purist, this is heresy. These ingredients have no business anywhere near a dish of poutine, they say.
Saus has quickly earned a reputation, particularly among locals, as the place to go for amazing Belgian-style frites and waffles, and the best poutine south of Canada.
And then there are the differing schools of thought about the ingredients themselves and how they should be prepared — are the fries cooked in the oven or deep-fried in oil? Are the cheese curds actual cheese curds or fully formed cheese? And the gravy … some hardcore poutinistas insist that it’s not poutine unless it’s made with particular brand of instant gravy manufactured by a specific Canadian company. Others are more forgiving in this respect.
Regardless of where you come down on these and the many other subjective matters that Canadian defenders of the poutine faith like to argue, the fact is, a platter of good poutine is some mighty fine eatin’, and the best place to get it in Boston is at a joint called Saus.
Saus is a relative newcomer to the Boston food scene, but it’s quickly won a reputation, particularly among locals, as The Place to Go for Belgian-style frites and waffles — and poutine.
We suggest you enjoy your poutine with a selection from Saus’s impressive list of Belgian and American craft beers.
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