About a year ago I took my first visit to Canada and I had one goal in mind, poutine! Big Smoke Burger in Toronto was one of the first real Canadian poutines that I ate on that trip. When I found out that Big Smoke Burger had opened their first US location just down the street from my office I knew I had to check it out and reminisce!

USA Welcomes Big Smoke Burger

Big Smoke Burger is wayyy more than a fast food burger place, in fact they fit more into the fast casual category. The first and most important thing you need to know is that they actually grill their burgers. That’s right real flame, real grill taste and hence the name, Big Smoke Burger! The high heat of the grill keeps the burger juicy and tender inside. Of course I ordered a double because this isn’t my first rodeo. I was told that their onion rings are a staff favorite so of course I was going to try some of those as well. These onion rings held up, you can tell by just looking at them that they are super crispy and crunchy.


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Big Smoke Burger Delivers the Poutine

But where the real money is, the poutine. For those of you unfamiliar poutine is similar to what is also known as disco fries. But the important things to know about real poutine is that is must be made with cheese curds and brown gravy. If you even try to come at me and say you hate how “cheese curds” sound but have never tasted them, just go home. Cheese curds taste like a salty mozzarella cheese bit that is dense and stretches really well when melted. Big Smoke Burger uses real Wisconsin cheese curds and a super savory beef gravy, which make all of the difference. Their hand cut thick fries stand up to the mountains of thick toppings and are fried until the perfect golden brown.

Big Smoke Burger

This summer Big Smoke Burger is opening up their very own beer bar in the restaurant and debuting their own beer! I look forward to heading back to try their house brew and of course eat lots more poutine!

Big Smoke Burger – Website
70 7th Avenue, New York, NY

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