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.

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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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