Sunday, June 24, 2007

Thanks again Canada.

One of my bands recently played a show up in Vancouver BC. Every-time I go up to Canada I have such a great time. I made new friends, partied like a rockstar (okay, like a very tired rockstar who had a few whiskeys on the rocks), and ate delicious food. We left fashionably late on Thursday afternoon and managed to hit some bad traffic. Seattle always seems to have traffic no matter what time of day it is. Especially when it's raining, or sunny, or some kind of weather is happening. Apparently there was a horrible car accident and once we passed the scene things got moving. Before we actually made it across the border, we stopped in the lovely town of Mount Vernon, WA. Home of the infamous Chuck Wagon burger joint. Okay, so it's not the giant (and kind of creepy) wooden carvings of gunslingers or the roar of the choo-choo trains chugging around the ceiling that make this throwback to 1950's cowboy burger joints amazing. It's the fact that they have some of the best burger toppings you'll ever feast your eyes on. Want a stack of hashbrowns on your burger? They got it. Want it smothered with peanut butter? No problem. Out of everything they dare to place on top of the beef patty, the hot dog spiral burger wins my vote for 'most genius thing ever'. They take a hot dog, cut it into a spiral, and char it on the grill before placing in your burger. Sometimes, it's the ugliest things that are the most beautiful to taste. Not only that but they have great fries, onion rings, shakes, and ice cream. It was such a guilty treat. But I have no time for guilt. Now, onto the border!

So I was pretty worried they weren't going to let us into Canada. None of us had any ID other than our drivers licenses. Somehow, we made it through. Later that night we played the show and a good time was had by all. The nine of us (we came up with our buddies from Texas) woke up to sounds garbage trucks and the loudest snoring humanly possible. The first thing on my mind was "Where can I get some Poutine". Now before you think I'm being vulgar, Poutine is a French Canadian dish of frites (French fries), gravy, and cheese curds. Quit making that face, it's truly delicious! Our Canadian friend told me that we were in luck. Belgian Fries claims to have the best poutine in BC. Unfortunately they were closed until noon. So instead we went to a slop diner that is famous for having a man dressed up as a cop serve you coffee. I was not impressed by the food and the coffee cop only works on weekends. Darn. On our way out even though I was stuffed to the gills, I was on a mission to have some of the best poutine in BC. Belgian fries was now open and we ordered a medium bowl of poutine. It truly was the best I have ever had. Crispy frites with a thick beefy gravy, covered with chewy cheese curds. I completely forgot that I was ready to burst from breakfast and gorged myself on this beautiful Canadian treat. Belgian Fries had some really interesting menu items that I've never heard of. War, a Dutch treat that consists of frites covered with peanut satay sauce, mayo, and onions (sounds horribly wrong so I bet it's delicious). They also had different kinds of poutine. You can get it with chili, chicken, or beef. They also had Dutch hot dogs on sticks with curried ketchup. Oh and fried Mars bars for those of you with a sweet-tooth. I now felt complete. I could go home happy. Next time I go up for a Canucks game I know the first place I'll be heading for a snack.

The Chuck Wagon
800 N 4th St.
Mount Vernon, WA

Belgian Fries
1885 Commercial Drive
Vancouver, BC Canada

1 comment:

Lisa said...

There's a new bar in Capitol Hill on 15th called Smith that's got poutine on the menu. I thought it was pretty good, but I don't have anything to compare it to.