In the past few years, a handful of San Diego restaurants have taken a stab at poutine -- one of Canada’s most delicious and calorically potent creations -- with mixed (and sometimes disappointing) results. In a city so obsessed with beer, it only makes sense that poutine, beer’s BFF, should thrive here. Luckily for San Diegans, now that Mess Royale has opened in Hillcrest, it does. The small shop operated by Hugo Tassone, a Montrealer, slings a dozen different spins on poutine and other Montreal comfort food dishes. Here’s everything you need to know about San Diego’s first legit poutine shop:
1. The OG poutine is the perfect introduction to the form
Fresh, hand-cut fries; cheese curds imported from Wisconsin; and super-secret recipe gravy made from a blend of different stocks and spices form a glorious dish that is perfect in its simplicity. If you’ve never tasted poutine, start here before moving on to more creative takes.