Poutine at Chez Ashton• 15 comments •
Poutine is a serious topic in Quebec. We've tried a few different places that serve it around Montreal - all good (tasting, that is... not good for you) but our trip to Quebec City wouldn't have been complete without getting one from the best spot there. The consensus online seemed to be that Chez Ashton had the best in the city so that's where we went. It's famous for its January promotion - the price of poutine goes down with the temperature. If the temperature is -25 degrees celsius, the customer receives a 25% discount on a poutine! Unfortunately, there was no discount for us because it was February, but it was worth paying full price.
We went to their location in the old city. For those of you who aren't familiar with the infamous poutine, the dish consists of french fries, gravy, and cheese curds. Chez Ashton gets their potatoes from the nearby Isle d'Orleans. They're cut by hand using slicers that are based on a 100 year old design, fried, and then topped with their 'secret-recipe' gravy and locally made cheese curds. Apparently, this is the key to their perfect poutine. This description makes it sound pretty involved, but to give you an idea of how ubiquitous this meal is, you can even get it at McDonalds.
I'll leave you with this amusing New York Times article about poutine which I originally read in Oaxaca, Mexico of all places. I remember thinking that I definitely didn't miss Canada at the time (it was December and cold), but that I could have gone for a poutine and had a really good feeling I wasn't going to find any for a long time - the rest of the world needs to get on board! - Mina