First Look and Review: The Daily Poutine in Disney Springs

My friends, the daily routine has just stepped up a notch…

… thanks to the arrival of The Daily Poutine in Disney Springs!

The Daily Poutine is one of four new Disney owned-and-operated food kiosks joining Disney Springs. B.B. Wolf’s Sausage Co. and YeSake also opened on Sunday, May 15th, while AristoCrepes will make its debut on May 22nd.

The Daily Poutine serves up the traditional Canadian dish of hot fries topped with gravy and cheese curds — along with a few twists on the classic. And though its arrival was only announced a few weeks ago, DFB Readers have been positively itching for a Poutine stand for ages! Until now, Poutine has only been available at Le Cellier Steakhouse in Epcot’s Canada Pavilion (and even there, the focus has been on non-traditional takes on the dish).

The Daily Poutine sign

The Daily Poutine sign

So it’s with an extra bit of excitement that we bring you this review of The Daily Poutine!

Atmosphere

Check out the cute little brick building that is home to The Daily Poutine in Disney Springs!

The Daily Poutine

The Daily Poutine

Located across from the new Amorette’s Patisserie (at the beginning of the new Town Center neighborhood right around the corner from the World of Disney and Lego stores in the Marketplace), it has an added bonus of a beautiful fountain structure right in front.

Fountain in front of The Daily Poutine

Fountain in front of The Daily Poutine

Colorful flowers surround the fountain, too.

Flowers

Flowers

For a small spot, the start of the queue was placed right by the fountain. That may be because Disney figured this one might be a real hit. And judging by opening day lines, that looks to be the case… so far, anyway!

The lines at The Daily Poutine

The lines at The Daily Poutine

And you’re about to see why…

The Daily Poutine

The Daily Poutine

Eats

Of course, it’s all in the name at The Daily Poutine, where the menu revolves around the traditional Canadian dish, Poutine! You’ll find four varieties listed on the menu: the Classic, along with Latin, Italian, and French variations.

The Daily Poutine menu

The Daily Poutine menu

Drink options include draft beer; specifically Unibroue Blanche de Chambly Witbier — which I think some DFB Readers will be pleased to see — and Yuengling Traditional Lager). A Fireball Sangria, Watermelon Lemonade, and Coke Products round out the beverages.

Let’s dig right into the Classic Poutine, thick-cut Fries topped with Beef Poutine Gravy and Cheddar Cheese Curds!

Classic Poutine

Classic Poutine

Well, my Canadian friends, I’ll let you make the final call, but I’m thinking this is the real deal! What I can tell you FOR SURE is that the thick white cheddar cheese curds and the rich brown gravy are pretty much making my life complete. I was pleased with the amount of each, which wasn’t stingy.

Oh, and there are FRIES in there, too ;). No, in all seriousness, the fries are terrific — thick cut, hot and fresh. The closest comparison are the awesome chips served at the Yorkshire County Fish Shop in Epcot’s UK Pavilion.

But it’s not just the Classic version here at The Daily Poutine. We’ve still got three more versions to try!

Three variations on the Classic

Three variations on the Classic

Next up: the Latin Poutine, which pairs those same thick-cut fries with fried yucca, black beans, pulled pork, and queso fresco.

Latin Poutine

Latin Poutine

WOW, this is one substantial serving!

Latin Poutine

Latin Poutine

Well, actually, I could say that about each Poutine served here, but it’s the pulled pork and black beans that really amp this one up into a meal. SUPER filling, and I liked that drizzle of queso fresco on top (which is probably about the only thing that keeps this one remotely in the “Poutine” category ;) ).

The Italian Poutine is topped with mozzarella and Bolognese sauce.

Italian Poutine

Italian Poutine

You know, I enjoyed the sauce on this one, but compared to the others it’s just such a simple combo that I’d honestly recommend any of the others over the Italian Poutine. Maybe if there were LOTS more of that mozzarella melting and oozing all over the whole thing…

Italian Poutine

Italian Poutine

… but as it is, while it’s fine, it’s just not my favorite.

Finally, the French Poutine is topped with mushroom cream sauce and Gruyere cheese.

French Poutine

French Poutine

And just like that, we’re back in business! The mushroom cream sauce and the Gruyere cheese come together to create a rich gravy that ends up as the closest to the Classic, while still giving you the chance to switch things up a bit.

French Poutine

French Poutine

The mushroom game is strong, though, so if you’re not a fan of mushrooms, I’d say stick with the Classic. Plus, I’d have to ask why there’s not more cheese?!? C’mon — it’s Gruyere! Everyone needs more Gruyere.

Overall

Okay, I’ll say it: The Daily Poutine gives some of my favorite long-established Counter Service restaurants in Disney Springs more than a run for their money. It’s worth going out of your way to grab some, though I’d stick with the Classic if I were you. At least until they step up the cheese situation on the other versions. Again, I’m eager to hear what our Canadian readers think of the whole thing once some of you have had a chance to try it!

By the way, The Daily Poutine accepts the Disney Dining Plan. However, the lack of side and dessert options means that they are treating the Counter Service meal credits the same way that B.B. Wolf’s Sausage Co. is handling it: Plan participants get two non-alcoholic beverages with their choice of Poutine.

Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on this one! So, chime in, won’t ya?

Which Poutine would you most like to try? Please let us know with a comment!

Comments

  1. Gilly says

    Do you know if there are any vegetarian options? Sounds delicious, I’d love to try them if I can!

  2. Mike says

    In the Latin version I can see the black beans and pulled pork, but where is the queso fresco? Queso fresco is a crumbly fresh cheese similar to feta…that sure looks like crema to me.

  3. Jamie says

    Wow, these look SO good! I’ve only had poutine a few times, most recently at Le Cellier and it was delicious! Can’t wait to plan my next trip and make a stop here!

  4. David says

    Hope these new stands up there dining plan game before we go in August. Flame tree V daily poutine. Only one winner.

  5. Hannah says

    I’m kind of disappointed with the new openings. I feel like there are plenty of ice cream and cupcake places already and now these just don’t look appetizing at all. I know these places appeal to many and I am happy for you and I will leave more for you. Just a personal opinion of disappointment. The new burger place looks pretty good.

  6. Essie says

    I like my fries well done, crispy, brown and not greasy. The only thing I like on top of them though, is salt!

  7. Mark says

    Can’t help but notice no calorie counts on the menu boards. Pretty shoddy in 2016.

  8. Gwen says

    Oh, my, goodness!!!!!

    Disney + my favorite way to each french fries = MAGIC!!!

    Of course, I should not be surprised!

    One year until I get to try!!!! Until the, I shall devour the photos!

    Thanks!!

  9. Christine says

    The Classic is the only true Poutine. The rest is just fancy french fries. If it doesn’t have cheese curds then it’s not poutine. At least in my opinion.

    Christine – Poutine lover!
    Toronto, ON

  10. Randy says

    Is the food stand in Frontier Land still serving the Poutine Waffle fries? They were pretty awesome when I had them about a year ago.

  11. nicole says

    None of them are even close of the real poutine… that’s a shame to put a name on something you don’t know nothing about just because one of them may looks a little like it…would you call your toyota a Mercedes just because you would like it to be one?….Shame….

  12. Niro says

    Poutine = Canadian as lowcountry cuisine = Vermont. At a macro level perhaps yes, but nonetheless incorrect and myopic!

    Poutine is a popular dish Quebec, a province in Canada, where it is said it originated. In fact, one can also believe it was inspired from the English ‘Chips, cheese and gravy’.

  13. Mike V says

    Yeah the Italian would be my last choice of the bunch, the other 3 look fantastic!@!!

  14. David says

    I just had the classic. The cheese is the real deal, but the sauce is not. Also, the cheese was cold, and it certainly should not be. It should be kept around room temperature until serving and should melt when the hot gravy is added. I only counted 5 small pieces of cheese in there too. I think that with a few minor changes, it could be great!

  15. DwarfPlanet says

    Well whether it’s poutine or not that classic looks really good. But judging the size of those cups from the size of the utensil I’m not sure it’s worth the price. From the pictures of the Italian it looks more like a Marinara vice a Bolognese sauce, but I will check them out on our upcoming visit.

  16. Patricia says

    Ok, I am REALLY psyched up to try this on my September trip! And ok, fine, all you poutine connoisseurs — I’m sure this isn’t going to qualify as “true poutine” in your books, but nothing can be true poutine unless your in Quebec, am I right? So give it a rest. These look delicious, whether you call them true or not, so loosen up a bit and enjoy them!

  17. Helen says

    Looking forward to try it soon, will let you know if it compares to our Canadian version, but looks like I still have to bring my own vinegar packages as the only place you can get vinegar is in the fish and chip places and its malt vinegar. You guys really need to try fries with Canadian vinegar

  18. Suzanne says

    Had the classic poutine today. Overall I’d call it good because of the cheese curds and the portion size vs. Disney pricing. Pretty much it was a decent portion of what I’m guessing were frozen french fries covered with a generous amount of very salty beef gravy that only a step above packaged. The winner though was the cheese curds. Yes, some of them were cold (the fries and gravy were very hot). I agree that they should be left at room temp until served with obvious food laws observed. I felt that the generosity of cheese curds was there. Mainly I’d LOVE to know what brand the curds are and where they get them! They are the true curds that squeak when you eat them. If they sold them on the side I’d got back just for that.

  19. says

    I’m French Canadian so I was really excited to try this when I visited Town Center last week. I eat poutine once or twice a month. When I realized that the gravy was NOT a poutine sauce and that the cheese was kept in the fridge, I decided to spend my money on something else… And the gravy on the Classic poutine didn’t looked at all like the one on the picture. It looked like the gravy at KFC…

  20. kelly says

    they look good except the Italian… that’s not Bolognese sauce at all. It’s Marinara. Bolognese sauce is a very thick rich meat sauce, not a thin tomato sauce.

  21. says

    Gilly (and any other vegetarians out there ) have confirmed that unfortunately even the French option has meat too, there is Turkey in the gravy.

    The castmember suggested a vegetarian alternative would be to order the Latin choice and to request no pulled pork (which would leave yucca, beans & queso fresca – not really poutine at all any more, lol, but hey – might be tasty).

    I think it’s kind of odd – I just spent a week in Canada earlier this month and routinely came across vegetarian poutines all over Canada, would have thought Disney could have had one on the menu without adding meat (especially since they are using the term poutine rather loosely and creatively playing it up) – for example a marinara instead of a meat sauce, or a mushroom or cream based mushroom sauce instead of a turkey based mushroom sauce, etc. but ah well.

  22. Christine says

    We tried the Poutine last Thursday. Having never had the real McCoy, I will say that I thought the French version was absolutely delicious! For you salt lovers, be sure to taste first! I didn’t need to add salt at all, though if it had been handy, I might have added some black pepper. I really loved it!

  23. Susan says

    I have to say the French is my favorite. Never had the real thing in Canada so to me it was fries with sauce. Can’t say that I’d go back for seconds but the watermelon lemonade is worth the trip.

  24. George says

    The problem is that is the US they cannot sell unpasteurized cheese. A true Canadian poutine does not have pasteurized cheese so the cheese curds melt on the French fries and gravy. As you can see in the imagines the cheese does not melt. Great imitation though, I’ll definitely try it but nothing will beat a true Canadian poutine from Canada.

  25. Francine says

    Ok, first I’m from Quebec so we are very picky when it comes to poutine. That being said…if I had to choose (by photos only) I would go for the traditional but it is not worth the $8.49. That is much too expensive. And definitely do not pay $11 for the Unibroue Blanche de Chambly…man for that price you could get at least a six pack when visiting Montreal.

  26. Donna says

    I am allergic to garlic and I was wondering if there is any garic in the gravy, fries or cheese? Thank you

  27. says

    Donna — I’m going to guess yes, there’s garlic in the gravy, but please be sure to ask cast members for a full list of ingredients when you visit.

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