A quintessential Quebecois dish, poutine is now much loved across the country! But who on earth initially thought that mixing fries, gravy, and cheese curds was a good idea? Let’s find out.
Poutine in rural Quebec’s 1960s snack bars
Depending on who you ask, the poutine first appeared in a rural cafe in Warwick, near Victoriaville. The story goes that a regular customer at Cafe Ideal (sometime in the 1950s) wanted cheese curds to be added to his fries, and the owner obliged.
Due to the mess that the conception made, he started serving the now popular dish on a plate instead of the cafe’s standard paper bags. When diners complained that the chips were too cold, the server ladled gravy on top to keep them warm.
Believable? Sure! But whether this story is actually factual, there’s no doubt that poutine originates in Quebec.
By the sixties, various other snack bars and fast food outlets in Quebec had added poutine to their menu, notably the drive-in diner Roy Jucep.
It was during the sixties that the term ‘poutine’ was coined, with the people of Quebec using it to express the mess that usually followed its serving!
Poutine’s rise to the top
By the early 1970s, Poutine could be found at diners and eateries throughout rural Quebec and in the city.
The first food truck to serve poutine in Quebec City was Ashton’s, and it wasn’t long until this delicious concoction was being served up to diners in Montreal and other parts of the country.
Described in 1990 by Journalist Paul Wells as ‘Quebec in a Bowl,’ the poutine is now one of our country’s most prized dishes!
Loaded’s take on this Quebecois classic
At Loaded, we have taken the classic poutine to another level. It’s as simple as that. True, you can still enjoy our Montreal Poutine - the way the dish was intended - but you can level up with our butter chicken, Ms piggy, and buffalo chicken options.
The thing is, we’re not satisfied with the ordinary. Our menu celebrates all that’s great about Canadian cuisine and cranks things up a notch. That’s what we’re about.
If you’re thinking about a career with Loaded, we have a number of exciting franchising opportunities available right now. Now that you know the story behind one of our signature dishes, you’re ready to serve up poutine to your expectant customers!