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Where to Eat Gravy Slathered Poutine in Metro Detroit

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Poutine at Mercury Burger & Bar.
| Brenna Houck

Poutine is undoubtedly the most iconic French Canadian dish. There’s really nothing not to like about hot and crispy french fries covered in squeaky cheese curds and smothered with gravy. Perhaps that’s why the recipe has become such a staple on bar menus around the world. Whether topped with pork belly or an over easy egg, this gut bomb is the answer to both late-night cravings and a hangover brunch. Here are some metro Detroit spots that get it very, very right.

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The Brooklyn Street Local

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Run by two bonafide Canadians out of Toronto, Brooklyn Street Local serves the kind of poutine this border town deserves. These magical gravy fries are served just about any way one could want. The classic version is comprised of hand-cut fries, caramelized onions, cheese curds, a choice of beef or mushroom gravy, and crispy pork lardons or tempeh. Just add an egg to the top and that’s breakfast.

Mercury Burger & Bar

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Corktown’s popular burger bar tops its hand-cut french fries with dark brown, flavorful beef gravy and cheese curds. Order the poutine on the side or as an appetizer.

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Firebird Tavern

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Take a break from Greektown bar and casino hopping, and stop into Firebird Tavern for their take on the standard poutine. Pair it with their fried gyro app and share with a friend to restart the night out.

Rock City Eatery

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Three words: Duck. Confit. Poutine. Oh, plus a fried egg, to achieve the pinnacle of gooey, sloppy, and savory perfection. Rock City’s rendition of the Canadian gravy fries came with the popular eatery when it moved from Hamtramck to Midtown, and some Hamtramckans have been desperately missing it ever since.

Terrible puns aside, the Vladimir Poutine takes HopCat’s beer-battered Cosmik fries to the next level. The plate is topped with cheddar curds, caramelized onions, hickory smoked bacon, and potato-cheese pierogi, then smothered in gravy, and completed with freaking pierogi for a bombastic flavor explosion.

Detroit Wing Company

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Multi-location metro area chain Detroit Wing Co. offers more than just chicken. If your hands are already gloriously messy from the sloppy wing sauce, why not dig into some traditional beef gravy poutine?

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One-Eyed Betty's

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Poutine au Boeuf is a Frenchified way of saying beefy, cheesy goodness. OEB’s poutine adds a rich mushroom gravy to the fries, curds, beef confit, and chives, and tosses a fried egg on there for good measure. There’s also a magnificent pork belly version. Wash it down with one of the restaurant’s many beers on tap or create a custom flight.

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Ale Mary's

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Since poutine has to be one of the ultimate beer food pairings, it makes sense that a place like Ale Mary’s puts it right at the top of the menu. Featuring beer-battered fries and an optional duck confit add-on, the poutine here is a suitable accompaniment many of Ale Mary’s dozens of beers.

Vinsetta Garage

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Order the Disco fries — New Jersey’s answer to poutine — at Vinsetta Garage. The Berkley restaurant’s version uses Wisconsin-made curds and a mustard gravy with chili flakes for a spicy, pepped-up take on poutine.

Hazel, Ravines and Downtown

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The “Hazel” section of this Birmingham eatery’s menu features no-frills but beautifully executed poutine with some of the best fries in the area as a solid base for creamy cheese sauce over top.

Toasted Oak Grill & Market

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Visit Toasted Oak during brunch for some seriously souped-up poutine, because being hungover calls for something extravagent. Not only are these fries topped with gravy and cheese curds, but also pork belly confit, onions, mushrooms, and a poached egg.

La Fork

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Dearborn’s La Fork dishes out a potent lineup of loaded fries and crepes. In addition to the classic Canadian gravy fries, the shop also serves fries with Mexican, Philly cheesesteak, shawarma, and Italian toppings. There’s even a a build-your-own option for a custom boat of fries.

The Brooklyn Street Local

Run by two bonafide Canadians out of Toronto, Brooklyn Street Local serves the kind of poutine this border town deserves. These magical gravy fries are served just about any way one could want. The classic version is comprised of hand-cut fries, caramelized onions, cheese curds, a choice of beef or mushroom gravy, and crispy pork lardons or tempeh. Just add an egg to the top and that’s breakfast.

Mercury Burger & Bar

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Corktown’s popular burger bar tops its hand-cut french fries with dark brown, flavorful beef gravy and cheese curds. Order the poutine on the side or as an appetizer.

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Firebird Tavern

Take a break from Greektown bar and casino hopping, and stop into Firebird Tavern for their take on the standard poutine. Pair it with their fried gyro app and share with a friend to restart the night out.

Rock City Eatery

Three words: Duck. Confit. Poutine. Oh, plus a fried egg, to achieve the pinnacle of gooey, sloppy, and savory perfection. Rock City’s rendition of the Canadian gravy fries came with the popular eatery when it moved from Hamtramck to Midtown, and some Hamtramckans have been desperately missing it ever since.

HopCat

Terrible puns aside, the Vladimir Poutine takes HopCat’s beer-battered Cosmik fries to the next level. The plate is topped with cheddar curds, caramelized onions, hickory smoked bacon, and potato-cheese pierogi, then smothered in gravy, and completed with freaking pierogi for a bombastic flavor explosion.

Detroit Wing Company

Detroit Wing Company [Official photo]

Multi-location metro area chain Detroit Wing Co. offers more than just chicken. If your hands are already gloriously messy from the sloppy wing sauce, why not dig into some traditional beef gravy poutine?

Detroit Wing Company [Official photo]

One-Eyed Betty's

One-Eyed Betty’s/Gruz Photography [Official photo]

Poutine au Boeuf is a Frenchified way of saying beefy, cheesy goodness. OEB’s poutine adds a rich mushroom gravy to the fries, curds, beef confit, and chives, and tosses a fried egg on there for good measure. There’s also a magnificent pork belly version. Wash it down with one of the restaurant’s many beers on tap or create a custom flight.

One-Eyed Betty’s/Gruz Photography [Official photo]

Ale Mary's

Since poutine has to be one of the ultimate beer food pairings, it makes sense that a place like Ale Mary’s puts it right at the top of the menu. Featuring beer-battered fries and an optional duck confit add-on, the poutine here is a suitable accompaniment many of Ale Mary’s dozens of beers.

Vinsetta Garage

Order the Disco fries — New Jersey’s answer to poutine — at Vinsetta Garage. The Berkley restaurant’s version uses Wisconsin-made curds and a mustard gravy with chili flakes for a spicy, pepped-up take on poutine.

Hazel, Ravines and Downtown

The “Hazel” section of this Birmingham eatery’s menu features no-frills but beautifully executed poutine with some of the best fries in the area as a solid base for creamy cheese sauce over top.

Toasted Oak Grill & Market

Visit Toasted Oak during brunch for some seriously souped-up poutine, because being hungover calls for something extravagent. Not only are these fries topped with gravy and cheese curds, but also pork belly confit, onions, mushrooms, and a poached egg.

La Fork

Dearborn’s La Fork dishes out a potent lineup of loaded fries and crepes. In addition to the classic Canadian gravy fries, the shop also serves fries with Mexican, Philly cheesesteak, shawarma, and Italian toppings. There’s even a a build-your-own option for a custom boat of fries.

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