Recently, Jay Blackman, the franchise owner of Smoke’s Poutinerie in Mission, invited me to a media opening. As I have a 9-5 job (and I’d like to keep it), I couldn’t make it at the designated time. Instead, L and I made our way on the weekend.
When we dropped by, Blackman was out of the store at a catering gig. Instead, I met the supervisor, Kira. If I owned a business, I would put Kira in charge too. She was on top of everything, from educating customers, training new staff, and ensuring the overall quality of the out coming poutine was up to standard.
I asked Kira if Smoke’s was affected by the flood. She mentioned that the store was without power for a week and as a result, their inventory was disposed. As well, Smoke’s was quieter because people were unsure if Mission area was even open for business.
The meats were fantastic. The pulled pork was sweet and tangy, the Italian sausage was spicy while the bacon was lean and crispy. The poutine was steaming hot. The gravy was thick and flavourful. The curds gently squeaked. I can honestly say this is one of the best value and most satiating poutines I have ever eaten. The good quality ingredients, generous portions, and awesome service makes this a must visit Mission gem.
I would recommend ordering a drink to wash the rich flavours of the poutine down. L drank a Pop Shoppe black cherry ($2.25) while I stuck to plain old water ($1.50). Smoke’s Poutinerie is a well-branded chain. I like the sections of bar stools and tables available for dine-in. Open late on the weekend, I’ll be stopping by for a poutine fix on a regular basis.