A Beautiful Mess: Poutine


Poutine—originally a Quebecois snack of fries topped with gravy, cheese curds, and sometimes other toppings—is slang for “mess” in Canadian French. The dish drifted down South and onto Atlanta menus a few years back, but it wasn’t until this year that two stellar versions (with top-notch ingredients that make all the difference) became available locally. Both have become my go-to guilty pleasure: I can bury my face in these crispy-gooey-saucy jumbles and not look up until every sliver of spud is down the hatch. Toggle photos using the arrows on either side.