9/12/2012 03:00:00 PM

Best Thing We Ate Last Night: Pork Shoulder Poutine at The Parish

When faced with the choice between poutine with pork shoulder or fried oysters, go for the pig. Until the next time you go back to The Parish, when you'll undoubtedly try the oysters. Because they're both probably fantastic. The pork shoulder poutine at Casey Lane's new Downtown gastropub is pretty straightforward, really - fries, cheese, gravy, meat - just like the Quebecois staple. Except that it bares little resemblance to the Canadian specialty, with its thick-cut fries, silky and subtle porky gravy, tiny cubes of house-made paneer, and shards of crispy meat, like carnitas. And, sure, a few wisps of mizuna just because. Like many of Lane's dishes here, it's not for the faint of heart but...wow.

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