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Fries, cheese curds and brown gravy? A French-Canadian fave is U.S.-bound

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Poutine is often ordered as a side dish, as shown here alongside a hot dog and soft drink, at Canadian restaurants. ***Please note small file size: 1600 pixels by 1200 pixels*** (Courtesy of Gary Steele)

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Chef Andy Bennett of The Inn in Manhattan's trendy meatpacking district salts some poutine fries fresh out of the fryer. (Amanda Rivkin/CNS)

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Chef Andy Bennett prepares poutine, a French Canadian dish made of french fries, cheese curds and a special gravy sauce at The Inn in Manhattan's trendy meatpacking district. (Amanda Rivkin/CNS)

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Chef Andy Bennett prepares poutine, a French Canadian dish made of french fries, cheese curds and a special gravy sauce at The Inn in Manhattan's trendy meatpacking district. (Amanda Rivkin/CNS)

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Poutine, a popular Canadian dish made of french fries, cheese curds and a special gravy sauce. (Amanda Rivkin/CNS)

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The best poutines contain what some diners call a hidden layer of cheese curds. ***Please note small file size: 1600 pixels by 1200 pixels*** (Courtesy of Gary Steele)

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Poutine, a dish of French fries, cheese curds and brown gravy, is celebrating its 50th anniversary as a French-Canadian treat with a successful debut in the United States. As the comfort food raises both eyebrows and cholesterol levels, some predict it could become the snack of choice for future generations.


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