Bite Cafe Poutine

Poutine, a dish of french fries and cheese curds covered in gravy, may be a staple Canadian comfort food, but it's making a second home in Chicago (PoutineFest anyone?). More and more, the dish is showing up on menus across the city. Here are 5 places to get your fix.

The Big Cheese Poutinerie (3401 N Clark St.)

This Canadian franchise opened its first US outpost in Wrigleyville earlier this month, offering 30 variations of the classic dish. Try a Hogzilla, made with root beer chipotle pulled pork, bacon and peppercorn gravy, or the Taco Luchador (pictured). There are even a few vegetarian options for the meat averse. 

Bite Cafe (1039 N Western Ave.)

It's never too early for poutine. At least that's what the crew at Bite Cafe think (and we're inclined to agree). Head here for brunch and order the Breakfast Poutine, served with poached eggs, pickled chiles and your choice of bacon or mushroom gravy. 

The Bad Apple (4300 N Lincoln Ave.)

The Bad Apple in North Center was one of the city's first restaurants to put the dish on their menu. They serve up a pretty straight-forward, but delicious, plate of poutine, with squeaky Wisconsin curds and a chicken-based gravy. 

Red Door (2118 N Damen Ave.)

Adding their own twist to the dish, this Bucktown gastropub serves up fries topped with shredded chicken confit, spring peas and a kicky curry gravy. 

SpritzBurger (3819 N Broadway)

Spritzburger Poutine

While traditional poutine is on the menu, who can resist ordering a burger piled high with cheesy, french-fried goodness? The burger is grass-fed, served open face and smothered in a sage country gravy. 

Photo credits: (The Big Cheese Poutinerie, Lynn Marsden Millspaugh); (Spritz Burger, Jess Dawson)

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