Julianne’s Vancouver Trip Part 2: Poutine Paradise



My trip to Vancouver schooled me in the art of poutine. I ate a lot of it. This classic Canadian dish originated in Quebec but I figured Vancouver was close enough for me to indulge in it. For those who are not familiar, poutine is fries, fresh cheese curds topped with a brown gravy (stock can vary from beef, chicken or veal). Now that I learned what I think makes great poutine, I wanted to share a couple of places with you.

wendy's poutine

First stop on the poutine trail was Wendy’s…. JUST KIDDING!!!!! But I was seriously entertained that all the American fast food chains hype up their poutine. Maybe next time I’ll lower my standards and try fast food poutine…


Cats Socialhouse
1540 Old Bridge St, Vancouver, BC V6H3S6

cats socialhouse 1

A post about the Granville Island Public Market will be coming soon, but on the island, my boyfriend and I stopped into a place called Cats Socialhouse. I hadn’t read up too much on it and I was blown away on how great the poutine was. I know a lot of people are partial to the darker gravy (usually made from beef or veal stock) but I prefer the lighter turkey or chicken based gravy. I also prefer not adding meat to it, it’s just not necessary for it.

Airports have a reputation for having terrible, overpriced food. I honestly wasn’t expecting much from Canucks Bar & Grill (the theme is devoted to the NHL team) but I walked away a very happy American on her way home.

Canucks Bar & Grill (in Vancouver International Airport)
3211 Grant McConachie Way, Richmond, BC V7B 1M8


More glorious poutine! I actually requested lighter gravy and regretted that, this could’ve taken a little more. I had just been overwhelmed by other places serving that thick, beefy gravy, I got a little worried it’d be like that. Darn. I should’ve enjoyed my last plate a little more. The Canadian IPA by Alexander Keith was awesome, hoppy and light, just the way I like it.

tim hortons

Obviously not poutine, but I couldn’t resist trying a Tim Horton’s Canadian Maple Donut. Stuffed with cream, topped with a thin layer of maple frosting. Probably not the best donut I’ve ever had, but I’m in Canada, aye.

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Actress and Founder of Girls on Food: I was born and raised in the suburbs of Sacramento, California. I grew up a typical “McDonald’s kid”. I was very picky about what I ate and refused to try new foods. No fun, I know. My Mom started taking me on trips to Europe when I was a teenager and that’s when my palate for finer foods began to develop. Some of my most memorable favorite meals include Veal Bolognese in Rome, Gyros in Athens, Paella in Lisbon and Duck L’Orange in Paris. While this helped me grow out of a fast food phase, I still eat out quite a bit. I know I should be at home cooking, but I love dining out. I started working in restaurants in various front of the house positions at age 15. Since my start, I’ve worked in every casual restaurant setting you can think of: a teriyaki stand, brewery, sushi nightclub, trendy Mexican, family-style Italian, American diner, pizza parlor and even a BLT themed food truck. I can't help but notice that many of the LA food bloggers don't have any sort of background working in a restaurant. A lot of my perspective on food and dining out comes from my years of experience in the biz. Since starting this blog, I have shot appearances on a couple of cooking competition shows as a taster (including MasterChef Junior and another upcoming show). We have also started producing a Youtube Channel. IMDb page here: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2023647/ For this site I contribute content from all over Los Angeles (and the world) to showcase my favorite fine-dining spots, steakhouses, exclusive supper clubs, Hollywood nightlife and our very own #GOFx events, which I plan and coordinate.