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Where to Find Poutine Around D.C.

Poutine purists, beware

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It's said the word "poutine" comes from French-Canadian slang for "mess." That describes the look of the dish made up of medium-thick fries, topped with squeaky-fresh cheese curds and a light brown chicken or turkey gravy. It tastes so much better than it looks.

Poutine hails from Quebec, where the warming dish is traditionally served at ski resorts and hockey games, as well as at small town restaurants, bars, and diners. Here in D.C. it's strangely popular at English-style taverns, despite its French-Canadian origins. But, to be fair, the dish that likely inspired poutine (cheese, chips, and gravy) does indeed hail from Great Britain.

Poutine purists, beware: D.C. is also home to an impressive number of riffs on the dish that incorporate ingredients like butter chicken, latkes, funnel cakes, tots, and even steak and eggs. Check out these 17 places to find poutine, ranging from traditional to creative versions.

This post has been updated by Eater staff

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Delirium Café USA

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101 S King St
Leesburg, VA 20175
(571) 291-3470
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Potent Belgian beers from Delirium Tremens go well with hearty pub fare, so the first American outpost of the brewery-affiliated cafe offers a traditional poutine with brown gravy and farmer’s cheese.

2. Mokomandy

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20789 Great Falls Plz
Sterling, VA 20165
(571) 313-0505
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This Korean-American and Cajun restaurant does a unique spin on the Canadian dish with fries, sausage, and bacon smothered in gravy and cheese curds with a touch of truffle oil.

3. Jimmy's Old Town Tavern

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697 Spring St
Herndon, VA 20170
(703) 435-5467
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Order a traditional version of this Canadian classic at the landmark Virginia tavern. It's made with thick fries smothered in brown gravy and fresh cheese curds.

4. The Airedale

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3605 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20010

The Columbia Heights tavern does a version of poutine with Belgian fries, brown gravy, and cheddar cheese curds.

5. Satellite Room

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2047 9th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 506-2496
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After a show at the 9:30 Club, this bar around the corner offers up Canadian-inspired poutine tots for $6.

6. Vinoteca Wine Bar & Bistro

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1940 11th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 332-9463
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It's a bit of a stretch, but this "steak and eggs poutine" made with red onion, mojo verde, and cheese gravy is available during brunch.

Vinoteca DC brunch

7. The Commodore Public House & Kitchen

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1100 P St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

The Commodore does a "country fair poutine" with savory potato funnel cake, duck confit, and brandy to complement its craft beer selection.

8. Urban Poutine

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Find this food truck roving all over D.C. and northern Virginia, and try the classic poutine or variations topped with meats like andouille sausage, braised short ribs, bacon, duck confit, pulled pork, or chili. Check the website for locations.

9. GCDC

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1730 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20006
(202) 393-4232
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This storefront might excel in gooey, high-end grilled cheese sandwiches. But tots also occupy a prominent place on its menu, especially those served poutine-style with cheese curds, gravy, chives, and bacon.

10. Bar Deco

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717 6th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 774-5867
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Try poutine made with duck gravy and cheese curds during Bar Deco's dinner service. It's also available at a discount from the happy hour menu on weekdays from 4-7 p.m.

11. Elephant & Castle

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1201 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 347-7707
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There's nothing traditional about this English pub offering three different poutine interpretations. Try the butter chicken version with curried tomato sauce, curds, cilantro, and yogurt.

12. Cheesetique (Multiple locations)

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800 N Glebe Rd
Arlington, VA 22203

Head to this cheese shop's Ballston location (or their other stores Shirlington, Del Ray, or Merrifield) for crispy tots covered in Wisconsin cheese curds and brown gravy.

13. Bluejacket

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300 Tingey St SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 524-4862
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The giant brewery with a warehouse feel will serve french fries or house-made tots smothered in cheddar cheese and tasso ham gravy for a $2 upcharge.

1. Delirium Café USA

101 S King St, Leesburg, VA 20175

Potent Belgian beers from Delirium Tremens go well with hearty pub fare, so the first American outpost of the brewery-affiliated cafe offers a traditional poutine with brown gravy and farmer’s cheese.

101 S King St
Leesburg, VA 20175

2. Mokomandy

20789 Great Falls Plz, Sterling, VA 20165

This Korean-American and Cajun restaurant does a unique spin on the Canadian dish with fries, sausage, and bacon smothered in gravy and cheese curds with a touch of truffle oil.

20789 Great Falls Plz
Sterling, VA 20165

3. Jimmy's Old Town Tavern

697 Spring St, Herndon, VA 20170

Order a traditional version of this Canadian classic at the landmark Virginia tavern. It's made with thick fries smothered in brown gravy and fresh cheese curds.

697 Spring St
Herndon, VA 20170

4. The Airedale

3605 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20010

The Columbia Heights tavern does a version of poutine with Belgian fries, brown gravy, and cheddar cheese curds.

3605 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20010

5. Satellite Room

2047 9th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

After a show at the 9:30 Club, this bar around the corner offers up Canadian-inspired poutine tots for $6.

2047 9th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

6. Vinoteca Wine Bar & Bistro

1940 11th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Vinoteca DC brunch

It's a bit of a stretch, but this "steak and eggs poutine" made with red onion, mojo verde, and cheese gravy is available during brunch.

1940 11th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

7. The Commodore Public House & Kitchen

1100 P St NW, Washington, D.C. 20005

The Commodore does a "country fair poutine" with savory potato funnel cake, duck confit, and brandy to complement its craft beer selection.

1100 P St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

8. Urban Poutine

Arlington, VA

Find this food truck roving all over D.C. and northern Virginia, and try the classic poutine or variations topped with meats like andouille sausage, braised short ribs, bacon, duck confit, pulled pork, or chili. Check the website for locations.

9. GCDC

1730 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20006

This storefront might excel in gooey, high-end grilled cheese sandwiches. But tots also occupy a prominent place on its menu, especially those served poutine-style with cheese curds, gravy, chives, and bacon.

1730 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20006

10. Bar Deco

717 6th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

Try poutine made with duck gravy and cheese curds during Bar Deco's dinner service. It's also available at a discount from the happy hour menu on weekdays from 4-7 p.m.

717 6th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

11. Elephant & Castle

1201 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20004

There's nothing traditional about this English pub offering three different poutine interpretations. Try the butter chicken version with curried tomato sauce, curds, cilantro, and yogurt.

1201 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

12. Cheesetique (Multiple locations)

800 N Glebe Rd, Arlington, VA 22203

Head to this cheese shop's Ballston location (or their other stores Shirlington, Del Ray, or Merrifield) for crispy tots covered in Wisconsin cheese curds and brown gravy.

800 N Glebe Rd
Arlington, VA 22203

13. Bluejacket

300 Tingey St SE, Washington, DC 20003

The giant brewery with a warehouse feel will serve french fries or house-made tots smothered in cheddar cheese and tasso ham gravy for a $2 upcharge.

300 Tingey St SE
Washington, DC 20003

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