There's Poutine in Tempe AZ!!
I just found this place on Urbanspoon this AM and I'm headed there for Lunch! It's called Beaver Choice. They bill themselves as a Scandinavian Bistro, with the owners coming from Sweden. They must have stopped in Quebec on the way here because they feature Poutine as a hangover cure for students from nearby ASU.
The also feature a inexpensive lunch menu for starving ASU students as well as a regular traditional Scandinavian menu for Lunch and Dinner including things like Kotbullar - Swedish meatballs, Pytt I Panna - Swedish Hash and Gravlax.
Can't write anymore because I'm drooling on my keyboard. I'm off to lunch and will report back later.
Read among yourselves and I'll be right back:
Well, I'm back from Lunch at Beaver Choice and can report a very pleasant experience. It's in a strip center on the Southwest corner of McClintock & Broadway in Tempe, right behind Ted's (Of Buffalo Fame) Charcoal Grilled Hot Dogs! I can now kill 2 birds with 1 stone!
It's a storefront, family operated, very clean, seats about 20 + takeout. You order at the counter. I asked the young man if they had Poutine. He asked if I was from Canada! My suspicions were correct! The family immigrated from Sweden by way of a stint in the restaurant business in Quebec. That's where they started making & selling Poutine.
The family was very friendly & outgoing, taking time to explain their menu and answering mine and other customers questions. I could tell many of the people who came in were 1st timers.
While I was waiting for my medium sized Poutine ($5.00), the Misses of the family was passing out samples of a delicious Almond Cake.
Having never eaten Poutine OR Cheese Curds, I had nothing to compare my meal too, but what I had was very good. Hand-cut fries, a delicious Brown Gravy and Cheese Curds about the size of a nut. Very tasty! The medium sized order was just right for a lunch portion. The large size would probably feed 2 people, the small would be a good size side dish.
I bought a dessert. It was a round ball, a little bigger than a Golf Ball, made from Cocoa Powder, Butter, Eggs and a little flour rolled in Coconut. Boy, was it RICH, but good!
I'm anxious to go back and try some of their Scandinavian Dishes I give them high marks!
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