Classic poutine, as ubiquitous in Canada (especially in Quebec) as chili fries are in America, is essentially a mound of french fries smothered with gravy and topped with cheese curds. The curds resemble cottage cheese, only larger, drier, and tangier. You may have tried L.A.’s most famous iteration at Animal, where they do it up with oxtail gravy and cheddar, or maybe even the more traditional version at Westwood’s P’tit Soleil.
Founded in Toronto, Smoke’s Poutinerie aims to bring its own brand of Canadian know-how to the city’s poutine scene with its new location in the heart of Hollywood, which opened with a bang on June 13th. Twenty more shops are in the works for Southern California, and 800 are slated to sweep the U.S. by 2020.
The L.A. location, on Cahuenga (near Hollywood and Vine), could become the perfect spot for a late-night snack fix. The portions are enormous, and go way beyond the basic version of poutine people are used to. Smoke’s takes their loaded fries to unimaginable heights with 30 varieties that range from the sublime to the ridiculous.
With the motto “clogging arteries since 2008” firmly in place, Smoke’s main priority is not health and well being. Instead, meat, cheese, and sauce dominate the menu. The Bacon Cheeseburger combines cheese sauce, prime ground beef, and fries together into a hearty meal—easily enough for two.
You can go Mexican with the Chicken Fajita or Country Style with a combination that closely resembles a chicken pot pie. For those looking to induce a heart attack, the Triple Pork includes pulled pork, bacon, and sausage. But vegetarians are taken care of as well with options like the Veggie Rainbow, which includes Sriracha, cheese sauce, guacamole, and sour cream. Even vegans can make themselves at home with the Veggie Deluxe, a mix of caramelized onions, peas and mushrooms. The fries themselves are crisped with trans fat-free canola oil.
Open from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m. every day, Smoke’s Poutinerie is tailor-made for those out on the prowl. The vibe is pure rock ‘n’ roll with loud music, bright colors, and a profusion of lumberjack plaid overwhelming the senses. Not for the faint of heart, literally.
Smoke’s Poutinerie, 1552 N. Cahuenga Blvd., 323-467-2873