Poutine (poo-TEEN) is the quintessential Canadian comfort food, commonly served throughout Quebec and Ontario. Essentially thick fries with a BBQ chicken gravy and melted cheese curd, it is served warm and slimy on a plate as above. (Cheese curd, if you've never had it, is like a firm, fresh mozzarella ball. On proper poutine, it is soft and slightly chewy, but not runny)
The word itself has multiple meanings to Les Québécois, among which are "mess", a pejorative for "fat slob", and "clusterfugg".
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I can at least vouch for the Cheese Curds. My snowbird neighbor, lives here in the winter (Arizona), then goes home for the summer (Wisconsin). Every year, he brings a bunch of fresh colby cheese curds, and man, it doesn`t get much better.
In Belgium, they like mayo on their fries. I went to a Belgian restaurant in New York once and had it and it was quite good. Of course, "mayo" isn't the big jar of snot with Hellman's on the outside - it was different and nice.
Fries should have their sauce on the side. Irish nachos or chili cheese fries just get soggy. Yes, a big forkfull is good for what ails you, but I prefer fries to be crispy too.