Good gravy, poutine is still popular in Los Angeles. After experiencing a mini-boom a couple of years ago, the northern late night fries-and-gravy dish hasn’t exactly gone away. Instead, it’s still attracting new operators, like the well-known Canadian brand Smoke’s Poutinerie, which is landing their second US location in Hollywood on June 15.
Back in December, Smoke’s first came on the scene by way of the Bay, where they were planning an opening outpost in Berkeley. That one’s up and running now, and with "global domination" still a primary target, those fun-loving Canucks are hoping to keep the gravy train rolling on Cahuenga Blvd.
They couldn’t have picked a better spot, layered in between Big Wang’s and Stout like so much melty cheese curd in their signature dish. The fast casual space isn’t big on luxuries, just kitsch; black-and-red flannel patterns play into the Canadian stereotypes, while 80’s rock blares from speakers overhead. The menu is a sub-$10 forest of loaded French fry options, from classic poutine to versions topped with chili, peas, bacon, salsa, and more.
The poutine party kicks off at Smoke’s Poutinerie on June 15. Expect Guy Fieri on site shortly thereafter; the man can smell a gravy fry from hundreds of miles away.
1552 Cahuenga Blvd.