5 to Try: Poutine in LA

Fried. Meat. Cheese. Do we have your attention yet? Imagine a dish that combines those three elements and you've got poutine. You might not know the official name, but it's very possible that you've already indulged in this popular Canadian dish invented in Quebec: French fries covered in gravy and cheese. Los Angeles has experienced a newfound love for this old dish and it's popping up in restaurants across town (including the Frysmith Truck). Here are five spots in LA to grab this artery clogging, but oh-so-worth-it dish.

Updated: September 15, 2010

Poutine Dishes in Los Angeles


Animal

435 N. Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90048

As the name suggests, this popular Fairfax restaurant is a carnivore's fantasyland. The dishes that come out of the kitchen are the type of thing that bottomless-pit, pubescent boys assume only exist in their dreams. Think pork belly sliders, grilled octopus and even a crispy bacon chocolate bar for dessert. Adding to the indulgent menu is poutine. But not just standard issue poutine. Oh no. Animal's take features oxtail gravy and cheddar cheese over a bed of perfectly crisp fries.


Dusty's

3200 W Sunset Blvd, Silver Lake, CA 90026

What better place to serve poutine than a French-American bistro? While the dish did originate in Quebec, nothing says American like fattening, fried food. For $6 you can get a simple side of poutine consisting of French fries, cheddar cheese and gravy. For beginners, this is probably a good place to start before moving on to the more experimental variations at some of the other places on our list.


Larchmont Bungalow

107 N Larchmont Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90004

Most people make the mistake of associating words like eco-friendly and organic with vegan or vegetarian. But this enviro-friendly eatery happens to be packed full of meaty dishes like lobster crab cakes and bacon sandwiches. But don't fill up on all that main-course meat because all entrees come with a side. And wouldn't you know? Poutine is one of those options--fries, gravy and shredded mozzarella. Simple but delicious.


Soleil Westwood

1386 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

You demanded and they delivered. Soleil in Westwood now serves ten--you heard that right, ten--different kinds of poutine! If that isn't a sign of the growing popularity of this dish, then what is? The classic version of fries, chicken gravy and cheese curds is still on the menu, but with the addition of the new varieties, your head will be spinning in delighted confusion. A few standouts to get you salivating: an Italian version covered in chunks of Italian sausage, sweet roasted peppers and tomato sauce; filet mignon strips, mushrooms and a Cognac cream sauce; and Au Pieds de Cochon--fries, gravy and foie gras.


Veggie Grill

8000 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046

While the idea of poutine probably doesn't have too many vegetarians rethinking their diets, Veggie Grill didn't want non-meatheads to feel left out. Stop by one of this vegan cafe's locations and you can indulge in sweet potato fries smothered in red and white bean chili. Even carnivores will approve.