10 Poutines to Try During Calgary Poutine Week 2018
This year, there are more than 100 special poutine creations in total. Try as many as you can at one of the more than 80 participating Calgary restaurants.
Poutine lovers, rejoice! From April 20 to 28, you can fill up on classic, inventive and one-of-a-kind poutines during Calgary Poutine Week 2018. Throughout the nine-day event, participating restaurants will offer their take on the popular dish, with several restaurants offering more than one poutine dish. More than 80 restaurants are participating this year, including Diner Deluxe, Oak Tree Tavern, National, Starbelly, The Beltliner, Leopold's Tavern, Ship & Anchor and more.
Poutine Week is also an opportunity to contribute to a great cause through your stomach — each time a participating restaurant sells its poutine dish, Mealshare matches that by giving someone in need a free meal.
Here are 10 Calgary Poutine Week creations that have caught our eye this year
Belle Southern Kitchen is one of a handful of restaurants that took their poutines to the next level by adding an egg to the mix. The Wild Belle poutine starts with applewood smoked russet potato wedges, then adds Wild Rose crude stout gravy, smoked brisket, cheese curds, a poached egg and more.
1919 4 St. S.W., 403-455-5775, bellebbq.com
While the majority of this year's Calgary Poutine Week creations feature meat, only two are made with lobster. The Newf's Poutine from Briggs Kitchen and Bar is one of them, and is a great option for those looking to add a bit of seafood to their meal.
100, 317 10 Ave. S.W., 587-350-5015, briggskandb.com
Calgary Poutine Week only comes once a year, so why not indulge by ordering Cleaver's Amasian duck and pickle poutine. While it seems promising thanks to the use of confit duck leg and double dipped duck fat fries alone, there are plenty of other ingredients to add even more personality. Expect Montreal cheese curds, pickled zucchini and onion, teriyaki gravy and Gochujang aioli.
102, 524 17 Ave. S.W., 403-452-1211, cleavercalgary.com
Two words: waffle fries. Cravings Market Restaurants steps up its Poutine Week offering by being the only one to use waffle fries in its poutine. The dish also comes with jalapenos, bacon and havarti cheese.
7207 Fairmount Dr. S.E., 403-252-2083, cravingsmarketrestaurant.com
Le Classic, The Frenchie, Duck Kimchi, Lamb Shawarma, Triple Cheese or Smoky Beef Bourguignon Poutine from The Guild
If it's choices you want, head to downtown restaurant The Guild, which is offering up six different poutines for this year's YYC Poutine Week. There's a classic version for the poutine purists out there, a triple cheese poutine for those who want their meal to be extra cheesy, and more unique creations like the duck kimchi poutine, which features cheese curds, roast Peking duck, kimchi, crispy chicken skin, spicy mayo and gochujang sauce.
200 8 Ave. S.W., 403-770-2313, theguildrestaurant.com
Mill Street Brew Pub is another restaurant offering more than one poutine option this year. Both feature plenty of meaty goodness: there's a donair poutine featuring ingredients like stout gravy and East Coast donair meat, and a buffalo chicken poutine featuring breaded buffalo chicken and blue cheese.
219 17 Ave. S.W., 403-454-6871, millstreetbrewery.com
This year, Naina's Kitchen offers one of the only poutines that incorporates sweeter elements. In this dish, apple pie filling, cheddar cheese cubes, sour cream and candied walnuts are all piled on top of cinnamon sugar-topped fries for a sweet-meets-savoury treat.
121 17 Ave. S.E., 403-263-6355, nainaskitchen.com
Poutine topped with hollandaise, red wine braised Alberta short ribs and sprouts? You don't have to ask us to try Vendome Cafe's poutine twice.
940 2 Ave. N.W., 403-453-1140, vendomecafe.com
Winebar's offering for Calgary Poutine Week stands out from the pack thanks to its use of pickle-brined shoestring fries. Alberta cheese curds, chicken gravy and chives complete the dish.
1131 Kensington Rd. N.W., 403-457-1144, winebarkensington.com
Tucked inside of Hotel Arts, Yellow Door Bistro's French onion poutine comes with a pretty, lacy-looking gruyere crisp. And with its use of French onion gravy and confit beef fat potatoes, you know this dish will taste as good as it looks.
119 12 Ave. S.W., 403-206-9585, yellowdoorbistro.ca