|Square Peg breakfast poutine|
Matt Levin threw Philadelphia into a curds-and-gravy tizzy when he introduced foie gras-topped “super poutine” at the former Adsum. Even though he (and that dish) are no longer at the Queen Village pub (now Tapestry), fans of richly topped french fries are in luck: this week sees the launch of Levin’s new gig, Square Peg, and poutine is again on the menu. The version offered at the Wash West comfort-fooder is billed as breakfast poutine, and includes fried eggs, sausage gravy and crispy bacon ($13.50). We’ll follow up soon with a full report on the restaurant, but in the meantime, check out five other options for poutine in Philadelphia. If you can manage to move after finishing any one of these (delicious) heart-stoppers, make sure to remember to vote in our Philadelphia survey.
Alla Spina: At the urging of Vetri Family partner Jeff Benjamin, Marc Vetri and chef de cuisine Damon Menapace added poutine to the opening menu at this graffiti-adorned North Broad gastropub. The Italian-comfort food take sees guinea hen leg Bolognese and mozzarella curds-draped over crispy fries in a veal-jus gravy for a nuanced and addictive bite ($14; 215-600-0017).
Blind Pig: The classically squeaky curds that top the fries and flavorful gravy at this petite upscale pub on Second Street in Northern Liberties hail from Wholesome Dairy Farms in Reading, PA. Like the rest of the restaurant (which is run by a husband-and-wife team), poutine is a family affair - the dairy farm is run by none other than chef David Hentz’s daughter’s godfather ($8; 267-639-4565).
Frankford Hall: It’s not exactly German, but it goes great with a brew. Poutine at this Stephen Starr beer garden in Fishtown comes burger-style - a dry-aged beef patty is topped with fontina-laced fries and doused with a foie gras gravy for a hearty, thirst-inducing dish ($12; 215-634-3338).
Slate: Offering comfort food to swanky Rittenhouse dwellers is the mission of this 20th Street eatery, and the inexpensive, no-nonsense poutine on the bar menu certainly helps to that end. Described simply as “house-cut fries, gravy, cheese curds,” this pile of savory sin will only set you back $7 (215-568-6886).
Triumph Brewing Company: Instead of the usual thin-cut fries, poutine at this brewhouse in Old City features large wedge-cut potatoes. A dozen slices are artfully arrayed on a plate before being smothered in gravy (also thicker than usual) and dotted with small, melting curds of cheese ($7; 215-625-0855).