My home town, Duluth, Minnesota, is a couple hours from the Canadian border, and heavily dependent upon Canadians for its economy – shopping, medical care, and tourism.
In all the decades I lived there, Canadians were welcome, and even when exchange rates weren’t favorable for the neighbors to the north, Duluth merchants happily accepted the currency at par.
The one thing the city never did do was feature “Canadian cuisine,” (or beer) but in the past few years, that’s started to change, with a number of restaurant offering the national snack of Canada, poutine, and also a new addition that offers Montreal Smoked Meat, another Canadian favorite.
Now it’s time for long term restaurateur Grandma’s Saloon and Grill to add their version of poutine, as an LTO. Sold as an appetizer on the “Northern Comfort” menu, Grandma’s takes crispy fries, tops them with deep fried cheddar curds from Kaufhold’s of Ellsworth, WI, and adds their house made gravy.
Grandma’s fries were hot, crispy and seasoned perfectly, the house made gravy perfect. A problem? Only slight. On most poutine, the cheese melts into the fries and gravy for a depth of flavor. Deep fried curds don’t melt!
Grandmas Saloon and Grill