Review: Piggyback Poutinerie

I’ve decided to try my hand at writing a restaurant review for the blog, just to do something different. Now, I am not saying that I am a proper food critic and my word is the be-all, end-all, but I know what I like and what I don’t. So, if you need a little extra push to try a new restaurant in the city, I hope my insights will help you with your decision.

The first restaurant I’ve decided to review is the Piggyback Poutinerie, located at 303 – 6 Street South.

I know, easy peasy. It’s POUTINE! A beloved Canadian favourite! How can you make a bad poutine? Oh, my dear friend, I have seen many versions, impostors, and abominations of this delicious dish, but a poutine from Piggyback truly is what a poutine should be.

When you first walk in, you will notice that they don’t have a menu board on the back wall behind the counter. Instead, they provide you with printed menus you can pick up and look through from their front counter. This is because there are A LOT of poutines to choose from besides the usual fries-cheese curds-gravy combination. The poutines on the menu are split up by type of meat, including pork, duck, beef, steak, and chicken (there are meatless options as well).

My husband decided to get the Maple Porky (bacon, maple sausage, cheese curds, and brown gravy), and I ordered the Smokin’ Montreal (Montreal smoked meat, cheese curds, and brown gravy with a dill pickle on top). We also ordered a couple of deep fried dill pickle spears since I’d never had them before.

Smokin’ Montreal

Our verdict after the first bite? YUM! No wonder they currently have a 100% rating on Urbanspoon! One thing that can turn me off of a poutine is if the gravy is too salty, but thankfully that wasn’t the case. Good gravy, nicely done fries, and the deep fried pickle spears were delicious (but I have yet to encounter a deep fried food that tasted bad). My husband felt that “the gravy was definitely a step-up from the usual ‘hot and brown’, and the fries were desirably crisp on the outside with a tender, soft inside, even under the weight of cheese curds and gravy”.

We ordered our poutines to go, but there are a few seats in the restaurant and outside in front of the restaurant, but not a lot. We would have stayed, but all the tables were taken up outside, and the seating inside is a little cramped. If business continues to do well, I hope the owners will look at moving into a larger location with more indoor seating. Otherwise, I really have no complaints, and wish Dylan and the staff continued success!

Have you tried the Piggyback Poutinerie yet? If so, what did you think?

What restaurant would you like me to try and review before you give it a shot?

Am I any good at these food reviews? (Haha! You don’t have to answer that, but you can if you want!)

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