All political arguments aside, almost everyone can agree that the invention of French fries and cheese curds drenched in gravy is an unprecedented experience. Whether you're thinking of a move north or you're just hungover and hungry, here's a list of Chicago's most delicious poutines that are perfect for taste-testing Canada—eh?
This dish definitely did not rig our Presidential election, but the combination of Hopcat’s Crack Fries (beer-battered fries dusted with black pepper seasoning) and a potato and cheese pierogi is more than enough to sway a vote or two. Top it with Wisconsin cheddar cheese curds, stout-caramelized onions, hickory-smoked bacon, and spicy sausage gravy, and you’ve got yourself one mouth-watering conspiracy theory. 2577 N. Clark St., 312-257-2599
With 11 different poutine options at this place, it’s a really tough decision. Since the bottom half of the menu features barbecue, it only makes sense to order the one that’s topped with 18-hour smoked brisket in addition to Cedar Grove white cheddar cheese curds and hot gravy. 2339 N. Milwaukee St., 773-227-5100
Don’t let the name fool you—it’s short for the street this place sits on. Seriously, who could be angry at Korean short rib, caramelized Brussels sprout kimchi, beef jus, Montamore cheese, and a fried egg as toppings? 1140 W. Madison St., 312-243-2097
Just when you thought this Canadian classic couldn’t get any more mouthwatering, these guys swapped the French fries for their sexier cousin—tater tots. If you have a couple singles burning a hole in your pocket, order this combination of tots topped with house-made gravy, house-made mozzarella cheese, and pickled red onions from the “Totty Bar.” 1623 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-799-8759
Head here when your craving for this Canadian comfort food just can’t wait ‘til lunchtime. Bite Café tops its poutine with bacon or mushroom gravy, cheese curds, poached eggs, and pickled chilies—just the kind of combination your mother was talking about when she called breakfast the most important meal of the day. 1035 N. Western Ave., 773-395-2483
The Gage’s take on poutine is perfectly aligned with its “refined yet rustic bar and restaurant” credo. Here, French fries get gussied up with cider-braised pork shoulder, pork gravy, and cheese curds. 24 S. Michigan Ave., 312-372-4243