When I used to work as a flight attendant, one of my favorite layover cities was Montreal. Not solely because its European flair and flavor can’t be beat anywhere in North America, but because on every layover I’d indulge in one of my favorite taste treats: poutine!
For the uninitiated, poutine is an invented-in-Quebec delicacy that consists of smothering hot, golden French fries with fresh cheese curds before slathering on hot brown gravy, which melts the entire mixture into one delish dish. So popular is this meal (yes, it’s a meal!) north of the border that some restaurants in Montreal and Quebec City deal in nothing but poutine.
Well, I’m happy to announce that neither you nor I need to travel to la belle province to get our fill of poutine. That’s because Yard House—that immensely popular restaurant at The River in Rancho Mirage that’s famous for fun food and a huge selection of beers and cocktails—has put poutine on its menu. The cheese curds may be from Wisconsin rather than from Canada—and the resto may dress its poutine up with crispy sage and pork—but let me tell you, this poutine is just as delicious as any I’ve ever eaten.
But Pork Poutine (as it’s officially known) isn’t the only new appetizer on YH’s menu. Joining it are Duck Fat Potatoes (fried ripped potatoes and chips seasoned with duck fat, salt, pepper, and chopped parsley then served with a sour cream, bacon, caramelized onion, and chive dip), Wisconsin Fried Cheese Curds (buttermilk-battered with honey hot sauce and horseradish aioli), and Pig Candy & Beef Jerky (a trio of house-made spicy candied bacon strips served in a mason jar alongside a duo of Korean peppered short rib jerky).
A couple of entrees round out the new comfort food items for fast-approaching fall: Skirt Steak and Cheddar Cheese Eggs (grilled-to-order skirt steak, house-made steak sauce, and cheddar cheese scrambled eggs accompanied by a sweet potato, corn, and onion griddle cake topped with roasted pasilla butter), and a Lobster & Crab Omelet (Maine lobster, red crab, ripped potatoes, shallots, spinach, chives, fontina cheese, red chili threads, and lemongrass beurre blanc).
Just in case you needed one more excuse to visit Yard House…well, now you have a half-dozen. Your tastebuds can thank me later!