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Denver Dining Ideas - Who is up for Some Canadian Dining?

Who Is Up For Some Canadian Dining?

While the dish was invented in Quebec, Canada in the late fifties, the origins of its name remain a bit of a mystery. One story we particularly like is that of a chef, when inventing the dish, who said "it will make a damn mess." Since he said it in French, he actually said "ça va faire une maudite poutine." For this version of Denver dining ideas, we bring you the very Canadian dish: poutine.

The broadest definition of poutine is "fries with cheese and gravy," and if that is all you are looking for, you might want to try the gravy fries appetizer at Steuben's. It's a ridiculously large plate of fries, each one saturated with gravy, nestled under a solid layer of cheese. A fine and tasty mess, that is. Mead Street Station has poutine on its menu, made of "fried potato wedges, havarti cheese and house made gravy."

Poutine purists, however, are quick to note that it's not just cheese, but cheese curds that make for the true taste of Canada. For those who don't know (as we didn't before we looked it up), curds taste much like their mild cheese counterparts, but with a springier texture. They are also known as "squeaky cheese" because fresh curds will squeak against the teeth when bitten into because of trapped air. Here in the Denver area, finding curds is going to be a bit difficult, as curds lose their squeak after just twelve hours; anywhere not near a cheese factory will find them hard to come by. This is why "true" poutine is going to be harder to come by in the Mile High City, but not impossible.

Turning to Larimer Square, the highly eclectic Euclid Hall tops our list. We call them eclectic because they are the only restaurant we can think of that offers chicken and waffles on the same menu as "Manila Clam & Merguez Caldo Verde." That odd mix is also seen in their poutine; you can get the wild mushroom porcini gravy with melted cheddar cheese curds and hand-cut fries, or for a few dollars more, there's the "Braised Pork Cheek Poutine" which includes tomatillo green chile, the curds as well as goat cheese, cilantro and chile lime fries. You won't find that in Canada.

One location for poutine that surprised us a little was City O' City, a vegetarian restaurant. When we think of vegetarian cuisine, we don't tend to think of foods that would make most health nuts faint in shock. But they do have it, and they even have a vegan option for their poutine. (We're not sure how that works, honestly.) Then again, this restaurant does break the mold a bit offering buffalo wings made out of seitan, the "vegetarian wheat meat." We're not sure what they make the little bones out of, though.

Finally, if you're looking to experience poutine in the way that Canadians do, in a sort of "fast-food" manner, you're going to have to head up to Boulder. That's where you'll find Shaggy's Famous Poutine. With five sauces to choose from and served in a bucket, it's poutine the way Canada intended.

With such a delicious mix of decadent tastes, the diet can probably be put on hold for a day as you enjoy any of this wonderful poutine. Proactive financial guidance, on the other hand, shouldn't wait. For this and any of your other financial management needs, do not hesitate to contact us.


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