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August 26th,
written by Arthur

Canada is probably one of the last places that come to mind of when you think of culinary achievements and contributions. But sometimes our instincts are wrong. While apartment hunting in Park Slope Brooklyn, I ran across Corner Burger, a restaurant with a large sign in the window advertising poutine. Having seen poutine (pronounced PUT-SIN in its native Quebec French) on some food television show, I had to try this potentially delicious dish.

The sign in the window made poutine sound like a meal that just can’t go wrong: a layer of French Fries (I love fries), topped with fresh cheese curds (I’m from the Midwest so I can’t say no to cheese), smothered in gravy (goes great with pretty much anything savory).

Unfortunately, the reality of Corner Burger’s poutine didn’t live up to its potential. The poutine just didn’t have that level of decadence that seemed so promising. The main problem was the gravy—thin and runny, it settled on the bottom instead of coating the cheese curds and fries. Something was also not right with the cheese curds. Not being a poutine connoisseur, I can’t say for sure, but it seemed the cheese curds should have melted some. There are probably some crazy health code requirements about storing the cheese curds in a refrigerator, which means that the hot French fries only make them warm, not melty.

In addition to the standard poutine, Corner Burger offers additional intriguing toppings such as pulled pork and barbecue sauce. Since I am now going to be living in the neighborhood, I may have to make a return trip to try one of the variety of toppings or one of the great-looking burgers.


Corner Burger
381 5th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 360-4622


  1. Rick

    Great minds think alike, Arthur. I’ve always wanted to try poutine, but after discussing with the Canadians in my network, they’ve never been able to find good poutine in the US. On one hand, this makes me sad. On the other hand, who wants to open a food truck?

  2. Arthur

    I think that this will have to be tried at home. I mean it was close to being good, just a few small changes and this could perfect for Monday night football watching.

    Once perfected we’ll have to start on the food truck!

  3. Isabelle

    You MUST come to Canada for great poutine! Especially in Québec and Ontario… the best ones are actually sold by chip trucks on the side of the road.
    Few things to keep in mind when seeking out the perfect poutine :
    – fries must be homemade and fresh and not too stiff (stay away from poutine made with mcdonald’s-type fries)
    – must be made with cheese curds and not grated cheese
    – much much better with a thick dark brown sauce (has to be enough to cover the cheese and melt it sufficiently but not too much that you will drown your meal in it)


  4. Arthur

    From everyone I’ve talked I’ve heard the same thing: you can’t get good poutine outside of Quebec. Hopefully some day!

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