Next to the War of 1812, the creation of poutine is one of the most important events in Canada's history. This concoction of fries, gravy, and cheese curds seems simple in theory but will anger any Canadian worth a loonie if done wrong. So in comes Smoke's Poutinerie to save the day. In the mood for something to break your diet? Smoke's has got your back. In fact, if you tried ordering a health-conscious option, you'd probably get an empty box.
We ordered a Traditional Poutine ($5.99) and a Philly Cheesesteak Poutine ($7.99). Poutine's at Smoke's come in two sizes: the small ("don't expect me to eat dinner") and regular ("don't expect me to eat ever again") – we opt for two smalls.
Traditional Poutine ($5.99)
The Traditional is made with their hand cut fries, gravy, and Québec cheese curds. The fries stayed crispy for longer than conceivably possible considering they're soaked in Smoke's signature gravy: a herby, salty, chicken/beef mixture that's never too thick but always lacks a little depth of flavour. The curds, which are sourced from Québec's eastern European townships, weren't too chewy but perfectly squeaky.
The Philly Cheesesteak features those same fries topped with flat iron steak, roasted red peppers, sautéed mushrooms, caramelized onions, and cheese sauce. With that description, it sounded like too much of a good thing and it kind of was. Some of the flavours clashed in a way that made us appreciate the (still only okay) classic poutine a little bit more. This poutine was a hot mess made for hot messes.
In fact, a good majority of Smoke's menu seems like it was made with the inebriated in mind. Although we'd love to try their more daring flavours, we just don't have the budget to buy bigger pants and gym memberships. Smoke's may not make you feel smokin' hot but at least you'll have your meals for the next week covered.