701 Broadway, Raynham, Mass.
This casual barbecue joint specializes in perfectly smoked wings, tender St. Louis ribs and juicy brisket that’s sliced to order. But Phantom prefers the Southern-style tater tots served poutine-style in a big bowl, piled high with pulled pork and smothered with country gravy.
252 Cabot St., Beverly, Mass.
Serving craft cocktails and a unique take on French-American cuisine, its poutine is one of the region’s best. Served in a cast-iron skillet, crispy truffle fries get amped up with the help of cheese curds, bacon and stout gravy – with an optional fried egg on top.
1375 Washington St., Boston
While you may come here for the steaks, you’ll certainly stay for the sides, like the poutine-style twice-baked loaded potato. It’s injected with housemade gravy, topped with pork belly, cheese curds, scallions and chives. Keep in mind – this “side” is big enough for a whole table to share.
489 Old Coach Road, Charlestown, R.I.
This sprawling space features a cozy dining room and a fun outdoor space to help work off the calories you just consumed. It’s famous for its fries, which can be served simply or kicked up with seasonings from hot and spicy to salt and vinegar. Phantom gets the fries with short ribs and gravy, tossed in truffle oil and pecorino cheese, or loaded up with bacon, cheddar, sour cream and chives.
136 Kelley St., Manchester, N.H.
This spot, a destination for hungry folks looking for plate-tipping piles of classic American comfort food and authentic French-Canadian favorites, might serve the region’s most authentic plate of poutine, with real cheese curds and spicy chicken gravy. Big eaters can try to take down the grand poutine challenge, a massive tray stacked with 5 pounds of poutine.
345 South Water St., Providence, R.I.
This casual spot serves crazy comfort food combinations for breakfast, lunch and dinner. And nothing is wackier – or tastier – than its latke poutine, which starts with crispy potato pancakes. Then they’re loaded up with sliced pastrami, farmer cheese, pickles and gravy. If you want your latkes served in a more traditional style, they’re also available served with a side of applesauce and sour cream.
22 Elm St., New Bedford, Mass.
While the specialty of the house may be burgers, the hand-cut fries are most impressive and are available in a variety of poutine styles. The classic version is smothered with cheese curds and beef and cheddar gravy, while a New Bedford version adds a layer of housemade chourico. A chicken cordon bleu poutine pairs Swiss Mornay sauce, house-cured ham and butter-toasted bread crumbs.
1155 Westminster St., Providence, R.I.
This throwback space is like walking straight into a time machine, with sputnik chandeliers, vintage seating and lava lamps. The menu is just as festive, with six varieties of tater tots topped with everything from Italian Grana Padano cheese to French-Canadian-style poutine with bacon strings, goat cheese, gravy and an egg served sunny side up. You can even go all the way with heaps of chili, onion, bechamel sauce and yellow mustard.
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