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Wendy's Adds Poutine to Canadian Menus Nationwide, Argues It's Canada's National Dish

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Poutine comes to Wendy's Canada.
America has a tendency to ignore Canada, our neglected neighbors to the north, only paying enough attention to mock their accents. Canada, however, has a history as rich as our own -- minus a civil war, of course. They vote for an elected government, put their pants on one leg at a time and even drive on the right-hand side of the road.

But Canadians have something we do not: poutine, a delicacy of French fries and cheese curds covered with brown gravy. In Canada, poutine aficionados can enjoy this calorie bomb practically anywhere. They can pick up a sauce packet at the grocery and whip up a batch at home. They can snarf down poutine in cafes or visit fancy restaurants for upscale versions with lobster or truffles. Now, they can even buy it in the drive-through.

In conjunction with its nationwide launch of poutine, fast-food chain Wendy's has also launched an ad campaign to declare poutine the national dish of Canada.

That nationwide launch, though, is only for the nation of Canada. Pity the poor Canadian ex-pat trapped in the poutine-less wasteland of St. Louis. He or she can only watch the poutine promotions and salivate fruitlessly. Voting on the "poutition" is impossible as well.

What's the suffering, exiled Canadian to do? Yes, we can get French fries here at almost any fast-food joint; several, such as Culver's, A&W and Dairy Queen, carry cheese curds (albeit fried, not fresh) as well. Yet poutine remains out of reach. Poutine simply is not poutine without the sauce.

Gut Check knows at least one poutine aficionado who managed to scrape together a pale poutine substitute by adding a side of brown gravy to his cheese fries at a local restaurant. Cooking at home might be possible as well, but if any readers know where to find poutine in St. Louis, leave a note in the comments.

And if the idea of fast-food gravy induces salivation, rest assured that our standards for poutine excellence are not particularly high.

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13 comments
TerraSpiritus
TerraSpiritus

Fantastic! Poutine as Canada's national dish? Sure!

Agnesgromadzka
Agnesgromadzka

Wow the kebec snob should seperate them self and get the fuck out of Kanada pronto svp!

Catsrule13
Catsrule13

Poutine is not Canada's national dish. It may have been well known in parts of eastern Canada for a long time but up until a few years ago I doubt many people in western Canada had even heard of it. As usual, some people need to be reminded that there is far more to Canada than Ontario and Quebec.  

Frenchie
Frenchie

Crinkle cut fries from the store, an order of mashed potatoes and gravy from KFC, and cheese curd.

There you go. :P Just like Wendy's, probably JUST as unhealthy and delicious because of it. xD

westerling
westerling

Poutine is NOT Canadian, but Metis (Kebecois) to the very core. Perhaps Wendy's staff did not do enough research to have come up with the right answe.

And who knows the title of the president on an independant Kebec if ever might be called His Most Poutinic Excellency the President of the Metis Banane Republique du Kebec.

Kcoalier
Kcoalier

The Tap room has poutine!

BWhitt
BWhitt

Harvest has an upscale version with hangar steak and sauteed greens on their menu right now.  My fiancee ordered it this weekend.  It was superb.

Mya949
Mya949

In new jersey they have poutine but they call it disco fries

BK
BK

Five Bistro's late night menu has poutine available. Haven't tried it yet, but most everything else they make is pretty delicious!

Wendy's
Wendy's

Glad you love the idea of poutine at Wendy's, Deborah. Stop by next time you're visiting and tell us what you think!

Jackie Wertz
Jackie Wertz

 Not everyone in the usa knew what "grits" were.  It took many years and many southerners to spreads the word BUT now EVERYONE knows what grits are. but please DON'T ASK  "May I have a G R I T?" , when u order @ a diner, drive-in or dine......they will laugh u out of the place. Anyway it takes time for food fetishes to travel throughout your country. Personally I can't wait until Poutine arrives in Illinois, USA     (:-D

Barbie_2doll
Barbie_2doll

 this has not been established that it was the METIS. It was in Quebec, and it is CANADIAN, Cornwall Ontario made the best poutines so stop being arrogant. Quebec is still part of Canada and I did research this.

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