REVIEW: Frenchy's Poutinery

Sunday, December 18, 2011

361 Ouellette Avenue
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Phone: +1 (519) 915-6720

Type of Restaurant: Canadian Poutinery

Attire: Casual
Prices: $5-$10

Payment Options:
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11am to 10pm
              Friday 11am to 4am
              Saturday 2pm to 4am
Reservations? Walk-ins
Handicap Accessible? Yes. 
Vegetarian Friendly? Yes. (They have vegetarian gravy available on request)
Vegan Friendly? Maybe. (Not sure whether their oil is 100% Vegetable)
Gluten-Free? Not sure.


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Quality of Food: 3/5
Service: 2/5
Originality: 3/5
Atmosphere: 2/5

Ever since returning back from Australia, all my friends in Windsor have been ranting and raving about one of the newest places to open on Ouellette Ave. Frenchy's is a Canadian-inspired poutinery. Poutine, is a French-Canadian inspired dish. Typically fries topped with gravy and cheese curds. A delicious and gooey combo that is loved and enjoyed throughout this great country. 

Was looking for a place to dine for a quick lunch, and thought I'd give this place a shot. Upon walking in, I felt like I was back in university. The place was so poorly lit, with awful looking furniture, chipped paint on the walls, essentially it is a hole-in-the wall student establishment. Clearly judging by their hours of operation, they cater to the late night partying crowds drawn in by the numerous clubs and bars on this strip and the 19 years to drink Ontario law that draws in young Americans from across the Detroit River (who have to be 21 to drink at home). The place did not even have a menu board. Their menu consists of an 8x10 piece of computer paper with their menu printed on it (similar to their website above).
The Gooey, Filling Frenchy's Poutine

The choices are simple. In terms of poutine, you get a small ($5) or large ($7), and the price includes all the non-meat toppings of your choosing. If you are feeling extra carnivorous you can add meat (an extra $3-$5). I went for the vegetarian option, which included a vegetarian gravy (you need to ask for).

I waited at the counter, and after a while decided to sit down. Once it was ready the young guy at the counter who took my order, and prepared my poutine waved for me to grab my poutine. If any part of me was hesitating on classifying this place as a student-haven, the poutines get served in a styrofoam take out container even if you are eating in.

Service was not all that friendly, I was the only one in the place and the manager (perhaps owner) walked past me 3 or 4 times and never once asked how I was enjoying my meal.

If he did ask, I would have told him the poutine was very good. I especially enjoyed the way they poured on the gravy and the cheese was incredibly gooey as well.

Overall, Frenchy's has the opportunity to be a pretty cool dining establishment. It just requires a bit of $ investment to "classy" it up a bit. 
In the meantime, it will continue to cater to the drunk, young crowds who for the most part don't care what their service or dining environment is like.
 For anyone who has tried Lord of the Fries, a popular fry chain in Australia, this place will let you down in comparison. But if you are just after a cheap, filling food and nothing else... this place is your place. 


Anonymous at: Wednesday, June 03, 2015 11:06:00 AM said...

why would they have to ask how your meal was?

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