Last month, we showcased Vancouver’s 5 Best Places to Try Poutine for the First Time. While those restaurants specialize in the Quebec trademark, several others that don’t normally serve poutine are getting in on the curdy action this month in the third annual Poutine Challenge.
Organized by local food blogger Vancouver Foodster, the challenge sees 12 Vancouver and Richmond restaurants putting their own unique spins on the dish, including an Indian and a Jamaican version.
The challenge, which is on now until Feb. 28, invites diners to vote on their favourites. The winner will be announced in March.
Some of the poutines available include:
Pepperpot Poutine with Jerk Pork Belly (Calabash, 428 Carrall St.) – A Jamaican version of the dish. Try one of Calabash’s of many fine rums to accompany it.
Paneer Poutine with Spicy Pulled Pork (Vij’s Rangoli, 1488 W. 11th St.) - Chef Meeru Dhalwala has created an Indian version at this offshoot of one of Vancouver’s best known restaurants, Vij’s.
Wild Boar, Foie Gras and Crackling Poutine (Locus Restaurant, 4121 Main St.) - Chef Segar Kulasegarampillai goes for the wild boar in his version.
Double Smoked Poutine (Buckstop, 833 Denman St.) – Chef Henry Besser Rosenberg of has created this iteration for the West End barbecue restaurant.
Visit the Vancouver Foodster blog to see all the participating restaurants, and to vote for your favourite.