The Poutine Progression

Gather round, everyone, gather round! We're going to tell the tail of Poutine and its journey through Canadian history and into its iconic position as the national dish of Canada, as well as our hearts, our mouths, and our stomachs.

The Original Version

Strap in, the story of the first poutine begins with --gasp--a controversy! "Poutine" is Quebecois slang for "mess," after all, so maybe it wasn't the dish they were talking about.

2 stories have emerged and they're awfully similar, both set in the 1950s in rural Quebec, home of many a curd-producing dairy operation.

La Lutin Qui Rit in Warwick and Le Roy Jucep in Drummondville both claim their customers were *the first* to say "yo can we get some squeaky cheese and gravy up on these fries plz and thx u," or something to that effect. In any event each owner honored their clientele's wishes, and poutine was born! And both restaurants still dub themselves the OG Chefs de Poutine today.

The Fancy Schmancy Version

Poutine didn't go viral immediately though, she had to build up her brand first. After years spent as a street food and, eventually, a fast food offering in the 80s, the dish got its big break in 2002 when some establishments started topping it with bougie ingredients like foie gras and lobster. Ooh la la!