Poutines are one of the most popular foods on the Canadian East Coast. A Poutine is made with French fries, cheese curds and gravy but sometimes people add other ingredients like fried chicken or bacon. You can get the generic poutines at almost any fast-food chain on the East Coast. This French Canadian food is a comfort food in Quebec and New Brunswick, but you can usually find it in Nova Scotia, too.
It all began in rural Quebec in the late 1950s. Fernand Lachance of Warwick, Quebec claims that one day in 1957 an impatient customer ordered cheese curds while he was waiting for his fries. To mask the fact that the fries were cold, they decided to put hot gravy on them. Who would notice? When he got his order, he decided to combine the fries and hot gravy with his cheese curds. While combining the ingredients, Lachance hollered, “Ca va faire une maudite poutine!” [This is gonna make a fucking mess!]. Linguists have no record of the word being used before 1978, but from this time on, it’s been associated with the cheese covered fries topped with gravy. And golly wee, it tastes good!