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.