Comprehensive Guide to the Best Poutine in San Francisco

9. Chop Bar: $18

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The Dapper Diner
Chop Bar tries to mix it up with cheddar, with mixed results.
The East Bay does not get neglected when it comes to poutine, thanks to a contribution from Chop Bar. Perhaps due to my visit being later in the evening, things were not their best, and the fries were on the limp side. Credit is due for Chop Bar's creativity in using Fiscalini cheddar over the now apparent ubiquitous mozzarella curds, but it appeared to be in the form of a cheese sauce which melded with the thin, flavorless oxtail gravy. The soupy cheese gravy mix made the fries mushy and soggy.


8. Salt House: $12

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The Dapper Diner
Salt House's poutine's weak point is the gravy and gritty texture.
A staple on the restaurant's menu, this poutine is served with irregular cut, medium sized Kennebec wedges. Crispy on the outside, the thicker cut prevents them from getting too crispy, leaving them mushier on the inside than one would prefer. The tableside-poured short rib gravy is very thick and rich, reminding me of cold, morning-after Thanksgiving gravy that takes the form of its container, only in this case, it's warm. With hunks of short rib, it's as if someone decided to pour a meat stew over the fries. Eschewing curds, Salt House uses a tangy Vermont cheddar mornay sauce, which ensures the chance of getting a cheesy bite with every fry, but creates an oddly gritty texture and makes things a lot more soggy.


7. Sauce on Gough: $8

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The Dapper Diner
Sauce on Gough, potato skins are a poutine mistake.
Like its sister restaurant located on Belden, Sauce on Gough serves their poutine with gooey mozzarella curds and rich, peppery poultry gravy. However, things go awry when they trade out the French fries for "crispy" potato skins. The thin skins end up as flimsy, soggy, and bland strips of potato which aren't able to stand up to the melted cheese curds or the gravy, leaving you with a dish that's closer to a Pasta Poutine-esca which is best eaten with the twirl of a fork.

Location Info

Venue

Map

Jamber

858 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA

Category: Music

Beach Chalet Brewery & Restaurant

1000 Great Highway, San Francisco, CA

Category: Music

Chop Bar

247 4th St., Oakland, CA

Category: Restaurant

Salt House

545 Mission(at First St.), San Francisco, CA

Category: Restaurant

Sauce

131 Gough, San Francisco, CA

Category: Restaurant

Sauce

56 Belden Place, San Francisco, CA

Category: Restaurant

Pig and Pie

2962 24th St., San Francisco, CA

Category: Restaurant

Jasper's Corner Tap and Kitchen

401 Taylor, San Francisco, CA

Category: Music

Wayfare Tavern

558 Sacramento, San Francisco, CA

Category: Restaurant

Citizens Band

1198 Folsom, San Francisco, CA

Category: Restaurant

Per Diem

43 Sutter St., San Francisco, CA

Category: Restaurant

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33 comments
jfaubert
jfaubert

None of that is poutine. Poutine is fries, cheese curds and brown gravy, period.

CoyDavidsonCRE
CoyDavidsonCRE

@krystaelaine I will have to find a place in Houston. It doesn't look all that appetizing, but I will try anything once

mmmbuttah
mmmbuttah

PLUM BAR is where it's at!! cant believe it didn't make the list...

themayorpete
themayorpete

@VitiViniVino yeah....uhhh....no. he writes his reviews like a family guy ep. reference jokes in every sentence. awful shit.

ZL_Francis
ZL_Francis

@VitiViniVino wonder if @thedapperdiner is going to start inviting chefs to cook for his holiday party.

bhearsum
bhearsum

@joduinn @shappy @sfoodie @catlee @railaliev I guess we need to get poutine during the next team week now.

thedapperdiner
thedapperdiner

@LouAtLarge I expect hate mail from lots of balding poutine lovers.

LooTina
LooTina

@Ian_Mosby Like Cirque du Soleil and Celine Dion, poutine is Quebec's biggest cultural export and contribution to the world!

fee_lechat
fee_lechat

@robnicmac @sharadmohan @PeymanehChychi @weaktight @juliovisko omg. Best list ever!!! Came at the best time.

dashandbella
dashandbella

@JeffGordinier @sfweekly I don't know wassup with SF poutine trend. but must partake. shall shove down gullet while drunk. as advised.

PeymanehChychi
PeymanehChychi

@robnicmac @sharadmohan @weaktight @fee_lechat @JulioVisko let's go!

Catherine McCracken
Catherine McCracken

Grew up in Ottawa and do like poutine every once in a while - fun that a Canadian trucker food has made it to the States!

Christopher Basso
Christopher Basso

there are a couple of funny comments at the end of the article. :)

vanmoore
vanmoore

real simple, no cheese curds on it, it's not a freaking poutine. freaking hipsters.

janeandjohndoe
janeandjohndoe

Poutine: The hipster douchebag dish of 2012. 

 On a positive note: It will lead to skinny jeans falling out of fashion in 2013 because they won't fit...

krystaelaine
krystaelaine

@CoyDavidsonCRE it tastes much better than it sounds

Sfcheesecake
Sfcheesecake

@ZL_Francis @vitivinivino @thedapperdiner Riot!!

thedapperdiner
thedapperdiner

@ZL_Francis only if they want 4 stars. heh. @VitiViniVino

VitiViniVino
VitiViniVino

@ZL_Francis @thedapperdiner I hear that if you want his recommendation, that's the only way #AQ

escapewindow
escapewindow

@bhearsum @joduinn @shappy @sfoodie @catlee @railaliev Especially since we can get Indian Poutine at the Town Crier in January?

LouAtLarge
LouAtLarge

@thedapperdiner Looks like you put a stick in a hornets nest! Anti-hipsters, baldies, and even the Canadians have awakened from the calm.

thedapperdiner
thedapperdiner

@Sfcheesecake i mean really, what type of person would do that. Oh, that's right... @ZL_Francis @VitiViniVino

VitiViniVino
VitiViniVino

@thedapperdiner @zl_francis how much for a Michelin star? #howmuchpoutine

railaliev
railaliev

@escapewindow @bhearsum @joduinn @shappy @SFoodie @catlee can't wait, let's go there next week! @armenzg

thedapperdiner
thedapperdiner

@LouAtLarge I fear it's worse than drawing a cartoon of Muhammad.

ZL_Francis
ZL_Francis

@thedapperdiner unlimited eva peron's. @VitiViniVino

thedapperdiner
thedapperdiner

@VitiViniVino gallons of it with foie and truffles. Also gold bars. @ZL_Francis

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