From Acadia via Quebec...Discussions regarding the origins of Poutine as well as the dish's merits, logistics, rationale and what constitutes authenticity have been known to go on for hours. Regardless of how you feel about poutine, be advised: the recipe below makes for outstanding fries (i.e. you can just use the method to make the best French fries ever and not go ahead on the full treatment). This is a weird dish - no question about it. Yet, it is so appreciated in these parts that even the local McDonald's restaurants serve a version of it (somewhat whitewashed, but poutine nonetheless). It is the best fries ever, topped with special cheese curds that barely melt over the fries, and then a molten cloak of hot chicken or BBQ sauce follows.