Poutine, a Quebecois dish consisting of medium-thick fries smothered in brown gravy and semi-melted cheese curds, is basically the French-Canadian version of drunkenly eating Mexican food at 3am. Poutine is quite ubiquitous in Canada—you can even get it at McDonalds—but in Chicago the good stuff is hard to come by. The most bona fide version (next to actually going to Quebec) is at Small Bar in Wicker Park. Their fries are saturated in sausage gravy and curds, but chef, if you’re reading: more cheese, please!
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