Update: Poutine Prize, Year Three

    Annual poutine competition takes place throughout the duration of ArtPrize
    7 Monk's 202 Poutine tPrize entry "Poutine is for the Birds" includes shoestring fries, white cheddar cheese curds, white cheddar duck gravy, duck confit, chives, orange supreme, simple salad and orange zest. Michigan St. Business Corridor courtesy photo.
    The winner of this year’s Poutine Prize is Duke’s. The “dive bar with a small kitchen” (their words, not mine) won the Michigan St. Corridor restaurant friendly best poutine challenge with a delicious Chicago-style poutine made with their Chicago-style poutine composed of shredded beef gravy and white cheddar cheese curds over a bed of crispy fries, topped with giardiniera peppers.
    Coming in second was Elbow Room and Seven Monks Taproom took the third place slot.  Birch Lodge finished the competition in fourth place, with Kaffeine Place GR in fifth (scroll down for photos of some of these culinary creations).

    Like ArtPrize, the competition ran Sept.14 – Oct 1 and the popular prize was decided by the people.

    Here’s just a smattering of what was on offer at this year’s competition:

    7 Monks, 740 Michigan St NE
    Shoestring cut fries, white cheddar cheese curds, classic beef gravy, white bbq boneless spare rib, roasted bone marrow w/ confit pearl onion & chives.

    Birch Lodge, 732 Michigan St NE
    Tater tots, Steak, Red and Green Peppers, Onions, Cheese Curds, and House-Made Queso

    Bob’s Bar, 725 Michigan St NE
    Tater tots topped with deep-fried garlic and herb cheese curds, smothered in our homemade beef gravy, topped with shredded cheddar, bacon crumbles, and green onion.

    Kaffeine,  637 Michigan St. NE, Suite A
    Menchi Katsu ball, Deep Fried Potato, Mushroom Red Wine Gravy with Korean Chili Pepper (this gives it a little kick).

    Keffeine Place GR’s rendition of poutine features a spicy Korean fusion dish.

    The Friesian, 720 Michigan St NE
    Braised Lamb Poutine: House cut fries with white wine braised lamb shank, garlic cheese curds, lamb gravy, and mint chimichurri.

    Glass House,  710 Michigan St NE
    House batter fries topped with Garlic Sesame Chicken and Garlic Cheese Curds, with sesame garlic chicken gravy, sprinkled with chives and topped with sesame seeds

    Logan’s Alley, 916 Michigan St NE
    Sweet Potato Fries, Housemade Turkey Gravy topped with Candied Pecans

    Logan’s Alley’s poutine has a Thanksgiving theme, with sweet potatoes and turkey gravy. Courtesy photo.

    Taco Borracho, 755 Michigan St. NE
    Tater tots topped with corned beef, guac, corn, sour cream, and pico de gallo

    Duke’s Bar, 700 Michigan St NE
    Crispy French Fries, Chicago-Style Shredded Beef Gravy, White Cheddar Cheese Curds and topped with Giardiniera Peppers

    The Elbow Room,  501 Fuller Ave. NE
    Waffle Fries topped with white cheddar cheese curds, roast beef, and mushroom gravy.

    Grand Coney, 809 Michigan St NE
    Crispy French Fries, Philly Cheese Steak, Brown Gravy, Cheese Curds, Green Onion and topped with an egg.

    Maggies, 636 Bridge St. NW
    Handcrafted fries topped with authentic Indian Butter Chicken, Cheese Curds and Fresh Cilantro

    Poutine is traditionally prepared by layering fries with a protein, some cheese curds and then topping it with gravy, but the restaurants involved in Poutine Prize tend to put a unique and artful spin on the dish, creating an “anything goes” type of situation.

    Where can I indulge in this glorious, gooey, scrumptious delicacy from the North, you ask? Well, at this point, it’s up to the individual restaurants whether they’ll be keeping these artful poutines on the menu.

    Learn more at the Michigan Street Business Corridor website.


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