The Canadians are coming and bringing us amazing poutines!! Welcome to the Air Canada Poutinerie a Popup in Washington DC, open only for a limited time (November 9 to November 15, 12 pm – 10 pm). Why does an airline have a restaurant pop-up you ask? Mostly, why not! It generated quite a buzz in DC with long lines every day. Plus, this is a great way to highlight all of the different destinations Air Canada flies to. Poutine is what we call loaded fries in the USA, but way better and might be a good reason for them to invade us. Bring us the freedom of poutine!

Ten Different poutines give you ten reasons you must check this place out before it’s gone. This dish originally came from the Quebec province of Canada, where they serve French fries and cheese curds topped with gravy. It wasn’t very much, cost-wise, and you get a single serving for $5 and $4 drinks. Plus, most of the poutines are gluten-free, and many can be requested as vegetarian, depending on whether or not gravy or sauce has meat in them. After trying an entire menu, we wish they flew to more cities so we could try more different kinds of dishes. Here is our list of all their poutine rated from OMG NOM to not so nomnom.

How does it Work?

Be prepared for a long line. This popup is open for a minimal amount of time, and the line was quite long. Best not too arrive at lunch or dinner time and try to get there at off-peak hours. We got there around 6 pm and were able to get in after 30 minutes. They let people in in batches as not to have a crazy packed place. When you get in, you are given a flight ticket to simulate boarding a plane. Sadly the line is not over yet. Next, you will get into the order line but goes very quick.

After you place an order, they will give you a number that is similar to the plane seat. However seating is not assigned, and it’s a first come first serve basis. We recommend your tallest friend watch out for anyone getting ready to move and claim that spot. Make sure to order everything you want in one go or else you will have to go through the order line all over again.

1. Montreal’s Classic (5 NOMs)

The classic is always better! Montreal’s Classic as its name says is the traditional Poutine from Quebec; fries covered in gravy and cheese curds. Though we must say, it’s all about the gravy here.

2. Toronto’s the Six (5 NOMs)

The Canadians sure know their sweet potato fries. This was one of our favorites because of its great combination of sweet from the maple mustard and savory from the pork belly and cheese curds.

3. London’s Corner Fish & Chips (4 NOMs)

A great take on classic Fish and Chip. We really liked the combination of malt vinegar fries and caper tartar gravy. This might just be better than Fish and Chips from London.

4. Sao Paulo’s Sweet Chimi Churrasco (5 NOMs)

You can’t have a fusion dish without a Latin influence like combining sweet potato fries, grilled carne asada, green chimichurri, and queso blanco. A perfect combination to take you on a flight.

5. Seoul’s Twice The Spice Kimchi (4 NOMs)

Our first try of Asian influenced poutine. The kimchi is a perfect combination with fries, giving you great texture and a kick all in one place. Of course, it’s not right unless there is some Sriracha, and in this case it’s Sriracha Gravy!

6. Mumbai’s Baked & Buttered (4 NOMs)

This truly represented India well with tender butter chicken and paneer cheese. It had a very distinct and unique flavor that we fell in love with.

7. Paris’ Brasserie Born Braised Beef (4 NOMs)

Fries and mushrooms always go great together, and here it created a great combination with braised beef and horseradish cream.

8. Rome’s Eternal City Eggplant (4 NOMs)

Can you say poutine in an Italian accent? Eggplant with Napoletana sauce went great with mozzarella cheese and garlic fries.

9. Shanghai’s Neon Street BBQ (4 NOMs)

So great to see another Asia inspired Poutine with Chinese influence. The BBQ pulled pork, hoisin gravy, sesame seeds and vegetable slaw made for a great combination.

10. Dubai’s Late Night Shawarma (3 NOMs)

The combination of chicken shawarma and fries with tzatziki garlic gravy was a great taste bud discovery. The flavor profile was a bit lower, so this wasn’t one of our favorites. We finished the whole thing though, so we still enjoyed it.

First Class 3D Experience

Along with tasty food, Air Canada also set up a virtual experience where you can try First Class, or if you don’t feel super classy, Coach. You get to try playing games, ordering food, and even eating it. Most people might start throwing their food and plates at other passengers. This is one of those rare cases where you won’t get the United Airlines experience of being dragged off the plane or tazzed. The 3D Headset works just fine if you’re wearing glasses, so don’t skip this very fun experience!

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