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Where to Find Poutine in San Francisco

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The poutine at Greenburger's. [Photo: Facebook]

Poutine is the hottest thing to happen to fries in California since carne asada, and in honor of Burger Week Fryday, we hit the bricks to find 15 iterations available around town. From classic to Korean-influenced, fine-dining to food truck, truffles to teriyaki, these takes on poutine aren't always traditional, but they are what the dish demands: soul-satisfying, hangover-killing, stoner-pleasing combos of crisp fries of every thickness and gravy of every type (and usually, but not always, some cheese curds as well). Added bonus: many of these places also serve burgers, if you're looking to kill two cravings (and possibly yourself) with one stone.


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Umami Burger

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In addition to the "smothered fries" with short-rib gravy, Umami Burger will make any burger on their menu "poutine-style," i.e. bunless atop fries with the gravy.

Wayfare Tavern

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The current iteration of Tyler Florence's take on poutine features crisp spring potatoes, oxtail gravy, mozzarella curds, and English peas. At other times of the year, truffles have been involved.

Salt House

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Salt House's poutine features thickly cut Kennebec fries topped with short-rib gravy, mornay sauce, and mozzarella cheese curds. (They have a lunchtime burger, too, with a rarely-seen accompaniment: curly fries.)

Jasper's Corner Tap & Kitchen

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The thick-cut fries here are customizable, with your choice of mushroom or beef gravy, smoked cheese, and/or the kitchen's choice of toppings.

Fins On The Hoof

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This food truck does two different creative poutines: a more traditional version with pork sausage gravy, cheese curds, and smoked salt, and the insane clam chowder fries, with chowder and house-cured bacon on top.

Jamber Wine Pub

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Bar snacks are a specialty at this SOMA spot, and their poutine is just-the-facts: house-cut fries, housemade gravy, cheese curds. Simplicity.

HRD Coffee Shop

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It's not on the menu, but if you ask nicely, the HRD crew will make you a plate of fries topped with the curry gravy from their loco moco and plenty of kimchi.

AT&T Park

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The ballpark began offering poutine fries this spring at the Original Joe's stand behind the left-field bleachers. Inside Scoop tried them and didn't much care for them, but if you're stuck with limited ballpark options or have had a few too many beers, they might be a viable option.

Citizen's Band

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Chris Beerman makes his own cheese curds for his take on poutine, with wild-mushroom gravy and crispy pork belly decorating the house-cut Kennebec fries. The final touch? A heap of feathery grated pecorino, same as the infamous mac-and-cheese.

Greenburger's

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It's not always on the menu, but this Lower Haight burger joint sometimes offers poutine as a special.

Available at all three Limon locations, the lomito saltado is a Peruvian-Japanese fusion take on poutine, with fries topped with sirloin strips, onions, tomato, and a soy gravy.

Namu Gaji

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The Korean-inspired gamja fries (available at lunch here or at their Ferry Building stand) are described right on the menu as a "poutine-like stoner favorite." They've got short ribs, teriyaki sauce, kewpie mayo, kimchi relish, and gochujang.

Kronnerburger

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Second only in popularity to the titular burger is Chris Kronner's fries with beef-cheek gravy and cheese curds, which can be topped with bone marrow for an extra charge if you're feeling particularly hedonistic.

Beast And The Hare

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They're not always on the menu, but Beast and the Hare's special of poutine fries with lamb-neck gravy is next-level if you love the flavor of lamb.

This recently-opened bar, whose burger is a favorite of A Hamburger Today's Wes Rowe, also offers a poutine with truffle fries, mushroom gravy, and mozzarella cheese curds.

Per Diem

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Bonus addition! Per Diem didn't make the original list because they didn't have an updated menu on their site, but their poutine is available, and it features oxtail gravy, local cheese curds from Achadinha Farms, and housemade fries. "I'm not an egomaniac, but I know when I have a good thing," says chef Adam Hinojosa.

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Umami Burger

In addition to the "smothered fries" with short-rib gravy, Umami Burger will make any burger on their menu "poutine-style," i.e. bunless atop fries with the gravy.

Wayfare Tavern

The current iteration of Tyler Florence's take on poutine features crisp spring potatoes, oxtail gravy, mozzarella curds, and English peas. At other times of the year, truffles have been involved.

Salt House

Salt House's poutine features thickly cut Kennebec fries topped with short-rib gravy, mornay sauce, and mozzarella cheese curds. (They have a lunchtime burger, too, with a rarely-seen accompaniment: curly fries.)

Jasper's Corner Tap & Kitchen

The thick-cut fries here are customizable, with your choice of mushroom or beef gravy, smoked cheese, and/or the kitchen's choice of toppings.

Fins On The Hoof

This food truck does two different creative poutines: a more traditional version with pork sausage gravy, cheese curds, and smoked salt, and the insane clam chowder fries, with chowder and house-cured bacon on top.

Jamber Wine Pub

Bar snacks are a specialty at this SOMA spot, and their poutine is just-the-facts: house-cut fries, housemade gravy, cheese curds. Simplicity.

HRD Coffee Shop

It's not on the menu, but if you ask nicely, the HRD crew will make you a plate of fries topped with the curry gravy from their loco moco and plenty of kimchi.

AT&T Park

The ballpark began offering poutine fries this spring at the Original Joe's stand behind the left-field bleachers. Inside Scoop tried them and didn't much care for them, but if you're stuck with limited ballpark options or have had a few too many beers, they might be a viable option.

Citizen's Band

Chris Beerman makes his own cheese curds for his take on poutine, with wild-mushroom gravy and crispy pork belly decorating the house-cut Kennebec fries. The final touch? A heap of feathery grated pecorino, same as the infamous mac-and-cheese.

Greenburger's

It's not always on the menu, but this Lower Haight burger joint sometimes offers poutine as a special.

Limon

Available at all three Limon locations, the lomito saltado is a Peruvian-Japanese fusion take on poutine, with fries topped with sirloin strips, onions, tomato, and a soy gravy.

Namu Gaji

The Korean-inspired gamja fries (available at lunch here or at their Ferry Building stand) are described right on the menu as a "poutine-like stoner favorite." They've got short ribs, teriyaki sauce, kewpie mayo, kimchi relish, and gochujang.

Kronnerburger

Second only in popularity to the titular burger is Chris Kronner's fries with beef-cheek gravy and cheese curds, which can be topped with bone marrow for an extra charge if you're feeling particularly hedonistic.

Beast And The Hare