Monday, February 8, 2010

Fritz European Fry House

This is Vancouver's Best Poutine on Davie Street Part 3 of 4.

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The last stop: Fritz European Fry House! For the next episode please subscribe to the Follow Me Foodie youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/FollowMeFoodie or visit back for updates!


The following is the written review as well as more details about Fritz European Fry House that are not included in the video.


Restaurant: Fritz European Fry House

Cuisine: Belgian/European

Last visited: January 7, 2010
Area: Vancouver, BC (Downtown/West End)
718 Davie Street
Price Range: $10 or less


1: Poor 2: OK 3: Good 4: Very good 5: Excellent 6: Tres Excellent!!

Food: 4.5
Service: n/a (Due to this special review, I’m biased)

Ambiance: Different atmosphere for day and night…it’s 5 at night...2 in the day

Overall: 4.5

Additional comments:

  • Specializes in fries only
  • Offers array of dips
  • Potatoes fried in pure vegetable oil
  • Canadian grown potatoes
  • Available in cones
  • Very casual, order/pay at cashier
  • Seats 10 – very small wooden benche s
  • More of a take out place
  • Most popular munchies place
  • Attracts late night crowd/line-ups after 12am ok weekends
  • Open for lunch until very late
  • Closed Monday
  • Winner of numerous Vancouver based awards

**Recommendation: Poutine (I like Mango Curry Chutney and Indonesian Peanut Sauce dip)


The Topic: Quest for Vancouver's BEST Poutine on Davie Street


The Contestants: La Belle Patate, La Brasserie, Fritz European Fry House


4 Poutines later, the results are in!


Fritz European Fry House was my final destination for my quest for the best poutine on Davie Street (Vancouver, BC)! (It was not at a disadvantage because it was last, because I wasn't "poutine'd out" yet!)


Fritz European Fry House is still on of the most popular places for people to get poutine in Vancouver. Along with Mega Bite Pizza, it's common for locals to hit up Fritz for midnight munchies in downtown Vancouver. There’s always a line after 12am and I’m guessing 95% of their business is on the weekend and late night hours. It’s good even when you haven’t had a lot to drink, but it’s really really good when you have had a lot to drink.


It’s called a “European Fry House” but their most popular for their poutine – A French-Canadian specialty. I like them better as a European Fry House, and for me the highlight are the dips more so than the poutine. It really is reminiscent of places in Belgium in the choice of dips to the way it’s served in cones. It’s only if you order a poutine does it come in a styrofoam bowl.


What is Poutine?


Using the most common definition a poutine is fries, cheese and gravy. However the real authentic definition of a poutine is fries, cheese curds (specifically fresh cheddar cheese curds), and poutine sauce or “gravy”. (Some people will object to the word “gravy” – but it’s supposed to be a chicken based sauce).


On the table:


Poutine 4/6

  • Small: $4.50 Medium: $5 Large: $6.50 Jumbo: $7.50
  • The fries are hand cut, skins on, freshly fried in Canola oil and made with Russet Potatoes. This is the most popular and standard choice of potato for fries. It’s starchy but because they cut them a bit thinner it’s not as starchy. They were firm and slightly crispier than the other 2 poutines. The thinness actually held on to the gravy and cheese well, and it didn’t get too soggy until you got to the bottom. I actually really liked the fries here.
  • What I like about Fritz is that they layer their poutine. Fries, cheese curds, gravy and repeat. Therefore you get 2 layers of well dress fries so there’s a really good ratio of ingredients.

  • I’m not sure what base their gravy is, but I feel like it was thickened with cream because it was a lighter brown than the gravies offered at La Belle Patate and La Brasserie. The flavour is enhanced with black pepper and some dried herbs. I wish they used freshly cracked black pepper instead of the regular black pepper though. There was also some dried herbs in it and I think it was oregano.
  • The cheese curds were the stringiest of all 3 places. That just means the cheese was a mozzarella cheese rather than an actual cheese curd. They melted almost right away so this poutine was very ooey gooey. It reminded me of mozzarella cheese stings cut into smaller pieces – it had the same texture and flavour.
  • It’s not an authentic poutine because of the type of cheese. But if you like that hearty, rich, saucy and cheesy poutine…then this is it! Personally I enjoy it as a late night snack or hangover food rather than lunch.

Added note: This review is a little different because it was for my video blog. Therefore the food at Fritz European Fry House was complimentary, (although I did offer to pay) but my opinions are still honest and as non-biased as I can be. The opinions and views expressed in "The Quest for Vancouver's Best Poutine on Davie Street" review and video are those of Follow Me Foodie/Mijune only. There is no paid advertising and as always I write for the benefit of the customers and not for the restaurants.


The following photos are paid for poutines from Fritz European Fry House.

Photos from January 1, 2010….yes, after New Year’s Eve…;)


Poutine w/Mango Curry Chutney and Indonesian Peanut Sauce 6/6

  • These are my favourite dips here.

The layering of their poutine...underneath the first layer....more fries, more gravy, and more cheese! I love hoe they do this!


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7 comments:

  1. I like the editing of this one a bit better, hehehehehe. The fact that you sounded tipsy was epic! :)

    I am not convinced about the layer thing; after all, it is supposed to be a mess to begin with. However, in the end, everything ends up in the stomach!

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  2. Lol thanks Kim!! I have no idea what I was saying....watching back is quite embarrassing...but somewhat entertaining I guess?

    I think the layering actualyl makes it messier...I liked it cause then when you get to the bottom you're not just eating soggy fries.

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  3. Those poutine bowls looks so good! I think I would prefer the layering, that way I'd get more of the gravy throughout the fries. Seems like poutine is very popular in Vancouver? This dish isn't very common in LA as I've only seen it at one restaurant (though I'm sure there are others). I'm tempted to make my own version at home =).

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  4. Yup! Poutine is an authentic French Canadian food! It's actually popular in NYC now too! Everytime I tell a non-Canadian they make a gross face...until they see the picture! Then they're like YUM!

    If you can find the cheese curd...which only 2 places sell the real deal in Vancouver...you should try and make it! The cheese curd is really had to find though.

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  5. oh gosh, this post just made me so hungry. weird thing is in quebec i only had poutine once but in Vancouver I have it a lot more frequently! I get the same reaction too from people when I describe poutine to them! lol

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  6. I know right?! It's always the "ewwwwwwww"....they on't understand until they've tried. I bet Vancouver offers more variety for poutine even if they aren't as authentic.

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  7. hahahahaaa and this is why you don't drinks!?! awesome hahaha i'm glad at 3am you told me to go watch this to see you drunk...

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