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Poutine: French fries topped with cheese curds and slathered in gravy.
Poutine: French fries topped with cheese curds and slathered in gravy.
Yuri Long, Wikipedia

Essential Guide to Poutine in Maine, Winter 2015

Your roadmap to french fries, cheese curds, and gravy.

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Poutine: French fries topped with cheese curds and slathered in gravy.
| Yuri Long, Wikipedia

There may not be a poutine school on the horizon here in Maine, but thanks to the state's long border with Canada (and, perhaps, Aroostook County's renowned potato crops), there are plenty of places to get a fine bowl of the hearty dish, from Kittery to Fort Kent. If you haven't tried this unique combo of french fries topped with cheese curds and gravy, you've got your marching orders. Just don't expect to hit many stops at once, as this is by design a filling and decadent indulgence.

The latest additions are The Dog and Pony Tavern and Trackside StationMap points are ordered north to south. Did we miss your favorite Canadian-style purveyor? Share it in the comments.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Nosh Kitchen Bar

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551 Congress St, Portland
ME, 04101
(207) 553-2227
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Bacon-dusted fries get all the buzz at Nosh, but the poutine comes recommended by multiple readers as well. If you ask nicely, maybe you can even get your poutine bacon-dusted.

2. Duckfat

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43 Middle St
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-8080
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Small surprise Duckfat scored the most reader recommendations, given its reputation as a killer producer of fries; its stand-out poutine uses curds from local Silvery Moon Creamery, based at Smiling Hill Farm. Deck it out further with a duck egg on top.

3. Hot Suppa

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703 Congress St
Portland, ME 04102
(207) 871-5005
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Hot Suppa is known for Cajun food, which has its roots in French-Canadian cuisine. A reader puts its poutine high on the list of must-haves.

4. Silly's Restaurant

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40 Washington Ave
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 772-0360
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Silly's embraces excess; no surprise that poutine makes an appearance. A reader recommends this version.

5. The Black Birch

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2 Government St, Kittery
ME, 03904
(207) 703-2294
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Poutine with duck confit, duck gravy, and fresh curd pairs nicely with the curated draft selection at this renowned Kittery restaurant, recommended by multiple readers.

6. Buck's Naked BBQ

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50 Wharf St
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 899-0610
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A reader says Buck's, which also has locations in Freeport and Windham, "makes dang good poutine!"

7. The Frog and Turtle

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3 Bridge St
Westbrook, ME 04092
(207) 591-4185
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Naturally this French-Canadian-inspired neighborhood pub, recommended by a reader, has small or large poutine as an appetizer on the menu.

8. Governor's Restaurant

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356 Main Street, Waterville
ME, 04901
(207) 872-0677
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Governor's, which used to have a South Portland outpost, still represents in six cities in mid- to northern Maine. Keep an eye out for a poutine burger, which a reader said is available sometimes.

9. Blue Rooster Food Co.

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5 Dana St
Portland, ME
(207) 747-4157
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This take-out spot, open late, makes "tot-tine," tater tot poutine with house-made gravy over local Pineland Farms curds. Feeling truly ostentatious? Order the Three Little Pigs, which adds seared pork belly, house-made fresh sausage, and bacon.
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10. Swamp Buck Restaurant and Lounge

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250 W Main St
Fort Kent, ME
(207) 834-3055
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Recommended by a reader, Swamp Buck will upgrade boring old french fries to poutine for $1.50. Do the servers even need to ask?

11. Rock's Family Diner

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378 W Main St, Fort Kent
ME, 04743
(207) 834-2888
Another reader recommendation — ever had a poutine burger? Try it at Rock's when it's available.

12. Little Tap House

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106 High St, Portland
ME, 04101
(207) 518-9283
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Try the poutine and eggs here for brunch. The restaurant calls it a twist on the classic, with Pineland Farms beef slow cooked and braised in-house with gravy and cheese curds on fresh hand-cut fries, topped with two eggs.
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13. Wicked Tails

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4 Spring Street
Kennebunkport, ME
(207) 967-1977
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This spot opened with a chowder poutine, and a chef says they now serve lobster poutine "with lobster, lobster gravy, and Pineland Farms cheese curds." Closed for the winter except for December's Prelude.

14. Blaze

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18 Broad St
Bangor, ME 04401
(207) 922-2660
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Get cozy near the wood-fired brick oven and savor a batch of poutine made with Pineland Farms cheddar cheese curds, savory duck gravy, and duck fat fries.

15. Dysart's Truck Stop & Restaurant

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530 Coldbrook Rd
Hermon, ME 04401
(207) 942-4878
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Get your fix 24/7 at this truck stop beloved for its oversized portions. Dysart's serves a regular or mini-poutine on the lunch and dinner menu.

16. Petite Jacqueline

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190 State St
Portland, ME 04101
(205) 530-7044
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Find a high class version of the dish called "poutine de porc" at this French bistro's Sunday brunch: braised pork short rib, home fries, toast, mornay, and an egg.

17. Walter's

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2 Portland Sq
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 871-9258
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Check the bar menu at Walter's for its customizable version of poutine. The base dish comprises hand cut frites, white cheddar curds, and roasted chicken rosemary gravy, but for the right price you can also add confit chicken, chorizo, or even lobster.

18. The Dog and Pony Tavern

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4 Rodick Pl
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
(207) 288-0900
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One of Bar Harbor's few year-round options, Dog and Pony offers poutine and "Poutots" with tater tots. If you're lucky, you'll even catch "Breakfastine," a Sunday special of Poutots topped with egg and bacon, all served in a dog bowl, which a reader said is "pretty unbeatable."

19. Trackside Station

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2 Union St
Rockland, ME 04841
(207) 594-7500
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Midcoast food lovers highly recommend this restaurant's poutine, made with hand-cut fries seasoned with fresh herbs and topped with mushroom gravy and cheddar curds.

1. Nosh Kitchen Bar

551 Congress St, Portland, ME, 04101
Bacon-dusted fries get all the buzz at Nosh, but the poutine comes recommended by multiple readers as well. If you ask nicely, maybe you can even get your poutine bacon-dusted.
551 Congress St, Portland
ME, 04101

2. Duckfat

43 Middle St, Portland, ME 04101
Small surprise Duckfat scored the most reader recommendations, given its reputation as a killer producer of fries; its stand-out poutine uses curds from local Silvery Moon Creamery, based at Smiling Hill Farm. Deck it out further with a duck egg on top.
43 Middle St
Portland, ME 04101

3. Hot Suppa

703 Congress St, Portland, ME 04102
Hot Suppa is known for Cajun food, which has its roots in French-Canadian cuisine. A reader puts its poutine high on the list of must-haves.
703 Congress St
Portland, ME 04102

4. Silly's Restaurant

40 Washington Ave, Portland, ME 04101
Silly's embraces excess; no surprise that poutine makes an appearance. A reader recommends this version.
40 Washington Ave
Portland, ME 04101

5. The Black Birch

2 Government St, Kittery, ME, 03904
Poutine with duck confit, duck gravy, and fresh curd pairs nicely with the curated draft selection at this renowned Kittery restaurant, recommended by multiple readers.
2 Government St, Kittery
ME, 03904

6. Buck's Naked BBQ

50 Wharf St, Portland, ME 04101
A reader says Buck's, which also has locations in Freeport and Windham, "makes dang good poutine!"
50 Wharf St
Portland, ME 04101

7. The Frog and Turtle

3 Bridge St, Westbrook, ME 04092
Naturally this French-Canadian-inspired neighborhood pub, recommended by a reader, has small or large poutine as an appetizer on the menu.
3 Bridge St
Westbrook, ME 04092

8. Governor's Restaurant

356 Main Street, Waterville, ME, 04901
Governor's, which used to have a South Portland outpost, still represents in six cities in mid- to northern Maine. Keep an eye out for a poutine burger, which a reader said is available sometimes.
356 Main Street, Waterville
ME, 04901

9. Blue Rooster Food Co.

5 Dana St, Portland, ME
Adam H. Callaghan/Eater
This take-out spot, open late, makes "tot-tine," tater tot poutine with house-made gravy over local Pineland Farms curds. Feeling truly ostentatious? Order the Three Little Pigs, which adds seared pork belly, house-made fresh sausage, and bacon.
5 Dana St
Portland, ME

10. Swamp Buck Restaurant and Lounge

250 W Main St, Fort Kent, ME
Recommended by a reader, Swamp Buck will upgrade boring old french fries to poutine for $1.50. Do the servers even need to ask?
250 W Main St
Fort Kent, ME

11. Rock's Family Diner

378 W Main St, Fort Kent, ME, 04743
Another reader recommendation — ever had a poutine burger? Try it at Rock's when it's available.
378 W Main St, Fort Kent
ME, 04743

12. Little Tap House

106 High St, Portland, ME, 04101
Courtesy of Little Tap House
Try the poutine and eggs here for brunch. The restaurant calls it a twist on the classic, with Pineland Farms beef slow cooked and braised in-house with gravy and cheese curds on fresh hand-cut fries, topped with two eggs.
106 High St, Portland
ME, 04101

13. Wicked Tails

4 Spring Street, Kennebunkport, ME
This spot opened with a chowder poutine, and a chef says they now serve lobster poutine "with lobster, lobster gravy, and Pineland Farms cheese curds." Closed for the winter except for December's Prelude.
4 Spring Street
Kennebunkport, ME

14. Blaze

18 Broad St, Bangor, ME 04401
Get cozy near the wood-fired brick oven and savor a batch of poutine made with Pineland Farms cheddar cheese curds, savory duck gravy, and duck fat fries.
18 Broad St
Bangor, ME 04401

15. Dysart's Truck Stop & Restaurant

530 Coldbrook Rd, Hermon, ME 04401
Get your fix 24/7 at this truck stop beloved for its oversized portions. Dysart's serves a regular or mini-poutine on the lunch and dinner menu.
530 Coldbrook Rd
Hermon, ME 04401

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16. Petite Jacqueline

190 State St, Portland, ME 04101
Find a high class version of the dish called "poutine de porc" at this French bistro's Sunday brunch: braised pork short rib, home fries, toast, mornay, and an egg.
190 State St
Portland, ME 04101

17. Walter's

2 Portland Sq, Portland, ME 04101
Check the bar menu at Walter's for its customizable version of poutine. The base dish comprises hand cut frites, white cheddar curds, and roasted chicken rosemary gravy, but for the right price you can also add confit chicken, chorizo, or even lobster.
2 Portland Sq
Portland, ME 04101

18. The Dog and Pony Tavern

4 Rodick Pl, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
One of Bar Harbor's few year-round options, Dog and Pony offers poutine and "Poutots" with tater tots. If you're lucky, you'll even catch "Breakfastine," a Sunday special of Poutots topped with egg and bacon, all served in a dog bowl, which a reader said is "pretty unbeatable."
4 Rodick Pl
Bar Harbor, ME 04609

19. Trackside Station

2 Union St, Rockland, ME 04841
Midcoast food lovers highly recommend this restaurant's poutine, made with hand-cut fries seasoned with fresh herbs and topped with mushroom gravy and cheddar curds.
2 Union St
Rockland, ME 04841