Best Of 2017

Best Poutine Power: Pleasant Ridge Chili/Northside Yacht Club/Incline Public House/ Revolution Rotisserie/Senate

Best Poutine Power

Once a gourmet-street-food trend, poutine is becoming a menu staple at area eateries. If you’re not familiar with the French-Canadian dish, poutine is a relatively simple combination of french fries, brown gravy and cheese curds. Starting with that foundation, endless variations abound — including these favorites from across the Tristate. Paying tribute to Cincinnati’s three-way, Pleasant Ridge Chili pairs french fries with signature gravy and mild shredded cheddar cheese, served until 4:30 a.m. For a Badger State spin, the Northside Yacht Club tops Kennebec fries (the hip new potato) with duck fat gravy, Wisconsin cheese curds and scallions. Whereas Incline Public House favors less gravy and more meat with their short rib poutine topped with cheese curds and demi-glace. Revolution Rotisserie puts their own spin on things by topping tater tots — not fries — with chicken, mozzarella and gravy. And one of the first innovators of this indulgent poutine frenzy, Senate hosts a yearly Poutine Week that is very hard to avoid. Pleasant Ridge Chili, 6032 Montgomery Road, Pleasant Ridge, 513-531-2365, pleasantridgechili.com; Northside Yacht Club, 4231 Spring Grove Ave., Northside, 513-541-0528, northsideyachtclub.com; Incline Public House, 2601 W. Eighth St., Price Hill, 513-251-3000, inclinepublichouse.com; Revolution Rotisserie & Bar, 1106 Race St., 513-381-0009, revolutionrotisserie.com; Senate, 1212 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-421-2020, senatepub.com.