Houston Food Park hosts a tantalizing group of food trucks 7 days a week weather permitting. We’ve made it our personal goal to try every single truck and feature them on the blog. Over the Christmas holiday break I’m pretty sure we visited the food park every day if not every weekend. During one of my visits I had the “D’Lightful” pleasure of stopping by D’Lish Curbside Bistro and trying out the “Tex-ifide” Poutine Fries!
“What is poutine?” You might ask. Well, imagine if you will a basket of golden delicious fries seasoned to perfection; the perfect balance of herbs and spices adding flavor but not overwhelming your palate. Next, visualize those same fries covered in a smooth and creamy, rich, roux-inspired cheese-y gravy. The “poutine” begins to wilt the fries just enough to create a hot delicious mess. Here’s where things get interesting; there’s cheese, lots of it (and not that Velveeta crap either); Smoked Gouda, Asiago, Romano and Cheddar just to name a few. Just when you think you couldn’t possibly make these fries any better, D’Lish throws all caution to the wind and offers an epicurean fantasy of toppings! I could list these novel features off verbatim from the menu but I’d much rather take you on the savory journey of my first bite to the very last morsel.
The weather was cold and grey; I parked directly in the middle of the Houston Food Park lot and shuffled over to the brightly colored truck. My niece was visiting on leave from the Navy and I wanted to treat her to the unique experience of a Houston food truck before she headed back to Virginia. Before D’Lish, I’d never heard of “poutine”. Poutine is a Canadian comfort food served at every event any chance they get. Canadian poutine is brown gravy with cheese curds. You could say the Canadian enthusiasm for poutine is synonymous with our love of chili and cheese fries or nachos at sporting matches. However, “Tex-ifide” poutine is very different in the best way possible.
I ordered the “Southern Fried Chicken Tenderloin Poutine” expecting a few chicken strips, some cheese and fries. My Styrofoam box lid could barely close with all the awesome goodness packed inside. Even the serving size at D’Lish is “Tex-ifide”; there were healthy portions of chicken tenderloin that was marinated in a delightful seasoned buttermilk and hand battered in panko before deep frying. I could really eat just the chicken tenderloin alone due to the savory salty buttery flavors. Maybe I should recommend D’Lish to Lays for their next flavor…Anyway, this heavenly chicken sat atop a crispy batch of fries covered in D’Lish’s signature poutine sauce. The poutine reminds me of Creole peppered gravy with a gooey consistency. It’s the stuff dreams are made of…comfort food dreams are made of these…
My niece ordered the “Lobster and Gouda Poutine” fries AND a burger. I must admit, I was a little jealous; huge chunks of tender sweet lobster meat smothered in a smoked Gouda cheese sauce is easily a seafood lover’s fantasy but the shaved Asiago and Romano cheeses on top added depth to her dish and offered an aesthetic nod to the poutine of the north. Lucky for me, my niece didn’t mind sharing a few bites with me. I noticed a hint of “heat” in her poutine basket that I didn’t find in my Southern Fried Chicken Tenderloin Poutine fries. Lawrence (totally awesome member of the D’Lish crew) explained that the Lobster and Gouda were covered in a Roasted Red Pepper Coulis while my fries were accompanied by chive oil. Someone should bottle their chive oil and red pepper coulis. I could see myself squirting it on hot dogs and hamburgers, pizzas, popcorn, you name it, and I’d douse it; the “Sriracha of the South.”
I’m officially a fan of D’Lish Curbside Bistro. It was love at first creamy bite. The guys took the truck out of rotation for a few days for some maintenance but expect to be back on the road and in the Houston Food Park by Thursday of this week! If you’re craving some hot Southern Comfort then you should definitely try their poutine fries, you won’t regret it. Check out their website for the full menu and truck locations and times. http://www.dlishcurbside.com/
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