Best Poutine

Firebird Tavern; 419 Monroe St., Detroit; 313-782-4189; firebirdtavern.com

Staff Pick

With Windsor only a short jaunt away, it’s surprising that it’s taken so long for poutine, a Canadian specialty of french fries, brown gravy and cheese curds, to gain a foothold here in the Detroit area. Perhaps, with the stellar example set by Firebird’s poutine plate, we’ll see more places try this cousin of chili cheese fries — but they won’t measure up to Firebird’s without some serious effort: a simply exquisite short rib gravy — rich, smooth and flavorful — and creamy cheese curds make the humble plate of fries into a savory, near-decadent experience. Firebird Tavern’s menu isn’t huge, and even though the poutine is listed as an appetizer, it can certainly make for a good lunch, maybe even for two people … or maybe not, because sharing isn’t always easy with something this delicious.

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