Originally Posted by freeweed
Not to be too much of a dick, but your knowledge of the rest of the country is extremely limited on this front. Poutine was being sold in fast food restaurants in western Canada 20 years ago. Burger King at the very least, I can't remember when everyone else added it. It was very mainstream at that point, non-fast food places had it in droves. It's just gotten bigger since.
I lived in BC/AB in the late 80's when none was to be found and few people had ever heard of it. It began to pop up here and there in Southern Ontario in the 90's but was usually grated mozza (or cheddar-gasp!)+brown stuff+fries. At any rate, not poutine. In Halifax 04-06 there were a couple of places that weren't too shabby but again, many without curds.
It's all about the curds! They have to be delivered fresh daily or they lose their curdiness. I don't know what fast food joints do- probably bulk freeze (kill) them or use some formed substitute- but it's just not right.
My point is that before 2000, the nationwide state of poutine was dire. A lot of crap was passed off as poutine that was not. Most that was on offer bore a greater resemblance to NY disco fries than actual poutine. Only in the last 10 years or so have people been making the attempt to serve the real deal.
Yet still to this day, abominations abound:
That's not poutine!!