Comprehensive Guide to the Best Poutine in San Francisco

6. Pig & Pie: $6

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The Dapper Diner
Poutine at Pig & Pie would be better if the ingredients were better distributed.
True to the restaurant's name, Pig & Pie uses a pork based sausage gravy. It's not short on flavor, with chunky bits of spicy sausage throughout, making it reminiscent of a tomato-less meat sauce, although it finds itself more on the thin side, but not watery. The fries are uneven, some more fried than others, and some even overcooked. The little cubes of mozzarella curds are sprinkled around, the ones finding themselves under the fries being perfectly melted, but those landing on top retaining their firm and solid texture.


5. Jasper's Corner Tap & Kitchen: $9

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The Dapper Diner
Poutine at Jasper's Corner Tap is a choose-your-own-adventure.
Jasper's attacks poutine in an interesting way: by giving you choices. Offered on their "Fries Menu," diners can choose between thin and thick cut, and sweet potato fries. The choose-your-own-poutine adventure doesn't end there, as you can season the fries with sea salt; smoked paprika; garlic, salt, and pepper; or truffle, parmesan, and herb. Lastly, there are the actual poutine options of topping the fries with brown gravy with mushroom, smoked cheese fondue, or a "chef's choice" which is similar to a salsa topping. Trying to stay as close to the traditional poutine as possible, I went with the thin fries seasoned with sea salt and topped with brown gravy and mushrooms. The fries were crisp and nicely fried and the salty beef gravy was a nice thickness, although it would have been better served without the thin slices of mushroom which created an uneven pop of saltiness and chewiness. Additionally, it could have used more gravy. The mozzarella curds were scarce and needed a little more heat from the fries, gravy, or even a broiler to soften.


4. Sauce on Belden Place: $8

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The Dapper Diner
Poutine is served the traditional way at Sauce on Belden
Nestled on the traditionally French alleyway, this is probably the closest to the simple, traditional poutine you can find in San Francisco. Served with chicken based gravy, it's peppery, salty, and the right thickness to cover the fries and soak through the pile of fries. The mild spicy heat of the gravy is a welcome addition in this season's cooler weather. Unfortunately, the fries aren't very crispy which makes their battle of sogginess against the gravy a Sisyphean task. Sauce does garner bonus points by layering some of the mozzarella curds between the warm French fries while placing another layer on top, because at the end of a long day, having gooey cheese covering as many fries as possible can be a very good thing.

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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