So I’ve finally got myself a FWB. And no, I’m not talking about a friend with benefit. I mean who needs friends with benefit when you can have frites with benefits? You can’t eat your fri- okay I’m going to stopright there before it gets dirty. ANYWAYS, I was having a craving for poutine, so I decided to pay a visit to Frites with Benefits. They are one of several places in Downtown that offer French fries/poutines. They are more unique from other joints however in that they provide some unique Asian-fusion flavours like Kimchi and Okonomi. I got their Bacon and Pulled Pork Poutine.
Bacon and Pulled Pork Poutine (Regular Size, $8.99):
This came with a very generous amount of topping: there was a good heap of pulled pork and bacon bits. The pulled pork was sufficiently tender and juicy. It was more on the savoury side, and I personally prefer to have a bit of sweetness in my pulled pork. The bacon was smoky and had a good salty flavour. Now, I don’t know if it’s true, but I heard that authentic cheese curds aren’t supposed to melt, and theirs did, but seriously I couldn’t care less, I enjoyed the cheese. The fries were thick and flavourful. I do feel that they did use a bit too much gravy however, and the fries on the bottom got quite soggy.
On a return visit, I decided to try one of their gourmet fries, and ordered their Cirspy Chicken Fries.
Crispy Chicken Fries (Regular Size, $8.99):
This consisted of pieces of fried chicken and your choice of sauce: I picked their peanut satay, which was creamy and sweet, with a slight bit of heat; I did find the peanut flavour to be a tad weak however. Once again, there was a generous amount of topping. The chicken was tender and flavourful, although the batter did understandably get a bit soggy from the sauce. Since there was no gravy, the fries were much crispier and quite tasty.
So I’ve quite enjoyed my trysts with my new FWB. Seriously though, this is a really great little shop that I think definitely deserves more recognition. Although I do find their regular size to be a bit on the smaller side, and not quite large enough for a meal. However, they do give a generous amount of topping, and I think that it is still pretty good value for the price. If you happen to be looking for a new FWB (okay, seriously, I’m going to stop), be sure to check this place out!