On Friday, two Canadian restaurateurs from Fort Erie are opening a restaurant specializing in authentic poutine.
Why would they cross an international border to offer the Quebecois French-fry classic? “Because you don’t have poutine, that’s why,” said Jake Fraser, an owner. He ran a seasonal poutine stop called Beachside Poutine in Sherkston. The other owner, Konstantine Kentros, also owns The Barrel, in Fort Erie.
They say Allen Street Poutine Co., 242 Allen St. (formerly the site of Crust pizza and Sample), will take special care with the three core ingredients of poutine: French fries, cheese curds and gravy.
The fries are housemade and twice-cooked, Belgian frite style. The cheddar curds are from Yancey’s Fancy in Corfu. The beef gravy is housemade in classic style, starting with roasted beef bones.
Offerings will include a vegan gravy made from beets and other roasted vegetables.
Rice flour is used in the gravies, so they’re gluten-free, said Fraser.
The place opens at 11:30 a.m. Friday. Phone: 883-7437.
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