There's a Smoke's just a few blocks from me, but I just never went. So I was in luck when Ricky of fuzzification.com came to town to visit, it became our lunch destination. It was a beautiful Saturday to wander the streets of Toronto, but we needed some serious fuel first. I got Ricky to send me his comments, so join us on our journey to the poutinerie.
RICKY: "The vast array of choices bewildered my brain and excited my taste buds. I was tempted my many of the offerings on the board. The Robert Redford-esque Mascot lured me towards options like the Hog Town, the Country style, Nacho Grande or the Classic. He mocked my indecision, but when my comrade in starch Wing King was ready to order, I had to quickly make up my mind. He ordered and was promptly served before I was forced to decide."
WK: Wow, there are a lot of choices. The Montreal with smoked meat and a pickle, the nacho one, pulled pork? Or even the classic poutine just to get a base understanding of what they are serving. Nah, I'm going with the Bacon Poutine. Base poutine with some bacon on top should be good. What size? Hmm, that small is looks like not much. Lets go regular. Oh hey look, it's ready all ready. I wonder if Ricky has finally made his decision?
RICKY: "He [WK] ordered and was promptly served before I was forced to decide. The mound of bacon covered goodness he received startled me. It was more potato than any carbohydrate fearing person should eat. The shock of his order restored my mental clarity and I was quickly able to zero in on my indulgence. I ordered and as Wing king before me, was promptly served my Chili poutine."
WK: Hmm, chili, sounds like a good choice. This location is small, not even a stool, just standing room. I like those bags of potato by the door with the Smoke's logo. That black board is cool. Maybe I should go write Lord of the Wings ate here. Nah. I'm content not writing anything up there - I have the Internet to write on.
RICKY: "I had failed to grasp the concept of the offerings though. I thought I was ordering basic chili fries. I did not expect my fries to receive a topping of creamy cheese curd and a caress of silky smooth gravy before being assaulted by steaming chili.
The combination was not, however and assault on my taste buds. It was delicious. It filled that unique niche between poutine and chili cheese fries that is so welcome on a cool day. The chili was flavorful, but did not overpower the unique flavour of the gravy and the delicious fries. The portion was well sized for my appetite and was joyfully consumed in a nearby park while watching bmx tricks on the basketball court."
Here's my [WK] meal. Can I just say, the empty box of the regular sized poutine looks, well small. But when that box is full, its a monster. I thought I had a monster hunger that day, but was I humbled.This was waaay more poutine than I wanted inside my tummy. Ricky definitely got to not make the same mistake I did.
Can I add that I love the Pop Shoppe black cherry? I love it. There, added.
Can you see the poutine? Like there is some in there, but there is so much bacon on top, well, there's a lot of bacon. I don't think I could get a bite in edgewise without having bacon.
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