Domphod’s Chip Truck Saturday, Oct 25 2008 

Alright so I have another Ottawa one here for you guys…

Just about every time that I’m in Ottawa, like clockwork, I go out and get my drink-on with most of the friends that I left behind when I moved to Toronto. Similarly, it’s almost always a given that I will end up at Zaphod’s and/or the Dom to get tore up and have been going to these spots since I was like 17 or 18…I MEAN! I HAVE ONLY BEEN GOING TO THESE SPOTS SINCE THE AGE OF 19; THE LEGAL DRINKING AGE IN ONTARIO. … … …so next to these two spots there is this little chip truck, who also have really angry/disgruntled/annoyed staff. I’m not sure, nor do I really care, what the name of this place is, so it will forever be known, at least by me, as the Domphod’s Chip Truck. Anyways! I have eaten so many poutines and veggie dogs at this place while leaving the Dom and/or Zaphod’s at like 2am that it’s disgusting.

From what I remember, the fries are good and you get nice cheese curds (with no squeak), pretty tasty yet oft over cooked and a really think and peppery gravy that is pretty ok. This is a pretty passable poutine but hurts a little bit when the small costs you $5.50. With little to layering that I would only recommend if you’re closing the night to fill your stomach to help you not barf and/or avoid a hangover. I have never had it during the day and really don’t want to…but I did have two and half small poutines this weekend from this spot. Ugh.   

 

 

 

S&G Fries Friday, Oct 24 2008 

Early Saturday afternoon after getting off the train in Ottawa I was feeling a little hungry and since we were going to Westboro it was suggested that we go to S&G Fries for a poutine. How am I going to say no to that? If you’re looking for it, S&G Fries is a perma-parked in front of the Beer Store (1845 Carling Ave).

S&G Fries has been awarded for having the best poutine in Ottawa by a plethora of media outlets, most notably, and advertised all over the truck, by the viewers of The New RO (which is now The A Channel).

Went back to my girlfriend’s parents’ house to chow down on this monstrous large poutine that only sets you back $7.50 and can easily feed two…although I tend not to share it. I’m awesome like that.

The fries are fresh cut and tender and delicious and you can catch the boys at S&G Fries cutting them up right in front of you. We kind of missed out since we just hit the tail-end of the lunch rush. Also when you watch these guys make the poutine, as I naturally did, the dumped out a full bag of cheese curds onto the bed of fries before having copious amounts of gravy poured over it.

Hands down, this is the best poutine that I have had in Ottawa. My only really beef with it is that it’s not layered at all. If you’re in the area stop on by and pick up a poutine from S&G Fries – it’s by far the closest thing to the traditional poutine that you’ll find in Ottawa.  

Elgin Street Diner Friday, Sep 12 2008 

Two weeks ago I went down to Ottawa over the long weekend to get sweet with friends. No trip to Ottawa is complete without a disappointing trip to the famous (I guess?) Elgin Street Diner (aka ESD) for, as per their menu, “Ottawa’s Best Poutine”. Located at 324 Elgin Street in Ottawa, this 24hour diner is a hot-spot is favorite for late night eats in a desperate attempt to either a) sober up, b) avoid a hangover the next day or c) both.

 

 

Whoa. That just reminded me. While we did go to ESD two weeks ago, we went for brunch…which means these pictures are from my previous trip to Ottawa where I was more than likely wasted after hitting up The Dirty Oak in an attempt to either a) sober up, b) avoid a hangover the next day or c) both. For the record, I didn’t sober up and was still hung-over the next day. How do I remember? Because every Sunday that I am in Ottawa is the day after I go to The Dirty Oak for Dre’s Metal Nite where a drunken gong show inevitably ensues as my Ottawa friends come out and see their Torontonian brother. Especially two weeks ago…but that’s a story for another day.

 

 

This “review” will be really short. The only reason why I have decided to “review” ESD is because I feel that the poutine is arguably the most overrated poutine in the National Capital Region – but, without fail, I get it just about every time at ESD and am disappointed not only in the poutine itself but because I always think that eating one will help me either a) sober up, b) avoid a hangover the next day or c) both.

 

I’m not a fan of the fries at all – never was and presumably never will be. They are just so stringy and seem like they have been deep fried a myriad of times before being served. The gravy is super salty and way thick. My man Loziloz would say that there is no such thing as too thick, especially with the ladies, but he’s higher than an eagle’s ass half the time and can’t be taken seriously.

 

On a positive note, the cheese curds are always awesome and the gravy is vegan friendly – so you can’t be mad at that! The portion as well, even for $6.50 is pretty filling and a pretty ok deal.

 

I guess my main issue, other than the lack of fulfilling my need to either a) sober up, b) avoid a hangover the next day or c) both at 3am, is that every time I eat one I either a) get a tummy ache, b) feel like I’m going to shit my pants or c) both.

 

 

All in all, the ESD poutine is relatively good for what you’re getting, I guess – but I still find it mad overrated. I do recommend, however, if you’re feeling adventurous, to take a look at their menu and see their poutine twists; the four cheese poutine, the onion ring poutine, the smoked meat poutine, etc. But not because they are particularly good – just because.

 

Bottom line, I will keep calling it overrated but guaranteed I will ear it again. It’s still way better than some of the ones I have eaten in the past few months whilst on this mission. Believe that.