Mile End Delicatessen
97a Hoyt Street, Brooklyn
I’m not aware of too many outstanding Canadian culinary imports…maybe maple syrup and salmon jerky? So when I discovered poutine, it definitely became #1 on my list. Poutine is basically a classy version of cheese fries with gravy (aka “disco fries”). I have had several versions, but my favorite is with chunks of cheese curds. So when I heard that Mile End, a Montreal Jewish Deli in Brooklyn, has a signature poutine, I was on it. The classic poutine ($10) at Mile End is delicious with perfectly sized, perfectly crispy fries, intertwined with high quality bits of white cheese curds. But splurge and please share, it shouldn’t be consumed solo, and order the smoked meat version ($14). The expertly smoked hunks of brisket are fantastic and offset the richness of the cheese. It is the culinary equivalent of settling into a recliner after a long day – pure comfort. The other meat offerings are excellent as well. It’s a small, popular place, so expect to wait. But it is a damn fine deli, not like Katz’s or Carnegie, but suited for much of today’s Brooklyn.