Poutine King – Food Truck


Throughout my journeys in food truck land, I’ve found myself fascinated by poutine. I’m in no way an expert on the subject, and I am also sure that there are many out there who would say there is very little in Manitoba that achieves the status of “real” poutine.

Despite that, I’ve been looking around for poutine on a regular basis, and have developed my own criteria for what I consider good examples of the dish.  First, I look that the fries have been well-cooked and still maintain their body.  Second, I look for a rich, dark brown, and flavourful gravy.  Third, the cheese should be curds as opposed to shredded and there should be enough curds to go from first bite to last.  Fourthly and finally, the quality of any extra toppings.

During my visit to the Red River Ex one of the places I ran across was The Poutine King.  This truck, with a caricature of its owner as its logo, hits the fair and festival circuit around Manitoba.  The owner has a genuine pedigree in his area of cookery having served as an executive chef in Montreal (home to genuine poutine) for many years before coming to Manitoba and starting up this truck.The Poutine King

As with many of the newer food trucks, the prices here are higher, as the owner is trying to take a rather downscale dish and move it upscale.  Does Poutine King succeed?  Well, here are my thoughts.

Value:

The dishes mainly range from about $7.00-$10.00 dollars, depending on what the extra toppings are that you choose.  You also receive a substantial portion with your order. 4.5/5

Selection:

There’s not a lot besides poutine on order, but the menu contains several variations on the main theme.  You should be able to find some variation to please your palate. 4/5

Quality:

The food at Poutine King definitely hits the right notes in all four of the categories that I listed above.  The fries are well cooked, the gravy is rich, dark brown, and the curds are piled high.  The first time I tried a dish, I had the one with wieners, and the wiener was well cooked and not greasy.  The second time I had what I think is called the cowboy (I didn’t write it down) which was very tender pulled pork and caramelized onions 4.5/5

Poutine King Pulled Pork PoutinePortability:

This may be the only time that may complaint on portability is that the container was too full.  As you can see from the photo, the gravy had spilled over the edge of the container when the pork and onions were added on top.  Otherwise the dish is easy to carry, but with no cover. 4/5

Service:

The service is friendly, and well-organized.  My food was prepared and served promptly on both occasions. 4.5/5

Poutine King Overall:

The only reason to not try this truck is if you are under doctors orders not to.  Hopefully we will see the truck on the streets of downtown Winnipeg before the summer is over. 4.5/5

The Poutine King Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato  

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13 thoughts on “Poutine King – Food Truck

  1. I went to Broadway and had the Perogies from Lorrie’s Lunchbox, aka Extreme Fries the other day and was very impressed with them. Not sure what day you went but I could not finish them the portion was too large. They were huge Perogies (homemade certain ). The girls were very nice and my order was prompt. I liked it much more than sis n me. I will be back for sure to try other stuff there.

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    • Hi Kayla, thanks for the comment. What I prefer about the Sis ‘n Me perogies was that they were golden brown, crispy on the outside, and chewy once you bite in. Plus, the filling had more cheese, at least the one I had. However, the Lorrie’s Lunchbox was indeed a much larger serving, and a very good perogy.

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  6. Stood in line for 10 minutes and ordered the ElMexicano which I have ordered before. I was truly dissappointed when I came back to work to eat it and it was only plain ground beef (no flavour at all) a little bit of tomatoes and a dollop of sour cream. There were no jalapeno peppers and no mexican taste at all. Very expensive lesson for $10.50. Sorry I’m not sure that I will eat there again.

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    • Hi Karen sorry for your disappointed, the poutine king is usually on top of his game in great service and great food, please let me invite you for another try of the Elmexicano new staff and being short staffed on a busy Friday total of 127 guest we served for lunch, but it not a excuse I take full responsibility but I want my customers to be 100% happy when they come to my truck thanks for your input and hope to see you again…
      Derek owner executive chef
      The poutine king
      the.poutineking@yahoo.ca

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