Comprehensive Guide to the Best Poutine in San Francisco

3. Wayfare Tavern: $14

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The Dapper Diner
Wayfare Tavern's poutine changes depending on what's in the kitchen.
Seemingly switching between being an off-the-menu item to an on-the-menu item and vice-versa depending on the day, the Wayfare Tavern poutine builds on their terrific French fries by adding various types of gravy depending on what's available in the kitchen. The poutine I had the night of my visit used braised lamb neck and mirepoix for the gravy, giving some texture and bolstering its flavor. A little on the runny side, it makes the fries at the bottom of the stack soggy as it pools in the serving dish. The Mozzarella curds are melted on top of the dish, making it resemble a snowcapped mountain of fries. The much maligned 2,4-dithiapentane (aka truffle oil) is drizzled on the fries to add an extra oomph in flavor, but with truffle season upon us, the poutine now comes with shaved truffles to accompany the oil. Rumor has it Tyler Florence has plans on making the poutine available year round, swapping out ingredients to make it seasonally appropriate, such as using oxtail or fava beans.


2. Citizen's Band: $6

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The Dapper Diner
Citizens Band's poutine uses mushroom gravy.
A base of crispy fries topped with a brown, umami-rich wild mushroom gravy, the Citizen's Band poutine is generous in size and flavor. While the gravy's flavor reminds me of an earthier version cream of mushroom soup, it has a perfect medium consistency and pairs nicely with the massive pieces of delicate, melt-in-your-mouth pork belly which tips this from the realm of a snack to a full-on course that will sate your wintery hunger. The soft cheese curds are made in-house using the magic of milk and citric acid and the whole thing is covered with a light shaving of pecorino.


1. Per Diem: $12

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The Dapper Diner
Per Diem's poutine is the winner.
The best of the bunch I tried, this poutine is centered around fries that are fried slightly more than the restaurant's regular fries, allowing them to stand up better to the oxtail gravy. The rich gravy is thickened by the meat's collagen and fat and is good enough to eat alone with little tender shreds of meat adding a depth of flavor. It manages to straddle the line between being too thin and runny and too thick and gelatinous; it's able to move between the fries to coat various layers in the fry pile, but it also does not migrate completely to the bottom of the serving dish. The crumbled curds come from Petaluma's Achadinha Cheese Company and soften the right amount from the heat of the dish while still retaining a nice squeak when bitten.


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858 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA

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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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