Boston poutine: different from Montréal’s

Posted on September 30th, 2009 by .

Who would have thought? Boston is full of restaurants with poutine on the menu! And I’m not just talking about greasy spoons, I’m talking about nice restaurants and swanky bars. I heard about this from The Food Monkey, a blogger who also acted as my guide to Bean-Town.

What was most surprising to me is that all four of the poutines I tried were totally different. Each had the chef’s personal touch. However, all the chefs had some kind of emotional connection to poutine… and to Montreal.

It was interesting to see how each of the chef’s lives was somehow connected to my hometown. Chef Mary Dumont’s typically French-Canadian name gave away her roots. Kosta Diamantopolous and Jason Santos came regularly to Montreal in their youth to party (and down a poutine after a long night out). But most surprising was Bertil Jean-Chronberg . He’s actually from Montreal and even taught Martin Picard, the chef at Au Pied de Cochon who invented the famous foie-gras poutine. Bertil told me that Picard made a special trip to Boston to try – and approve – his Beehive poutine.

(Beehive’s poutine)

Thanks, Mike, for taking me out in your city. (And for eating all those poutines with me. For once I wasn’t pigging out alone!). You can also see Mike’s blog of our adventures on The Food Monkey.

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