Poutine is a Canadian dish that originated in the French province of Québec. This treat consists of a base of french fries topped with fresh cheese curds and hot brown gravy. You can find this dish served in fast-food restaurants, diners, pubs, and even hockey arenas in Canada. But where can you go for without driving up north and crossing the Canadian border? Shoo–Fry. The restaurant is decked out in green and yellow with beautiful custom made wood tables. Their Rittenhouse location on 17th Street opened in late October and this month will welcome the opening of their location on Girard Avenue in Fishtown.
That’s right, Matt and Rachel Baiada have brought poutine, sliders, and shakes to Philadelphia with their new restaurant. Shoo Fry offers guests a variety of poutine options topping their fresh cut french fries with everything from cheesesteak to peanut butter and jelly. They’re also serving up tater tots and curly fries, along with sliders and shakes made with gourmet ice cream (dairy and non-dairy) by Little Baby’s Ice Cream. They’ve even got a signature ice cream flavor made with Shoo Fly Pie from Beiler’s Bakery in Reading Terminal Market.
After owning multiple Coldstone Creamery locations, these highschool sweethearts had a business idea of their own. It was a vacation to Canada in 2012, they enjoyed some delicious Poutine and began to wonder why this indulgent comfort food couldn’t be found in the US. After all, we Americans really love our french fries. They spent 2 years scouring the city for just the right location and tested out tons of cheese curds. A test group reacted wonderfully to their 6 month pop-up shop in King of Prussia and finally things began to fall into place. They found their restaurant space and some killer curds sourced locally and made specifically for them from Kirchenberg Farm in Fleetwood, PA.
Try out some classic Poutine or get creative with some of their other options like the Scrapple Jawn with scrapple, egg, and cheddar cheese which could easily become your favorite hangover breakfast or late night snack. We loved the Tommy Like Wingy fries topped with a heap of shredded chicken tossed in buffalo sauce, crumbled blue cheese, and drizzled with blue cheese dressing. The Cheesesteak fries were also loaded with steak, fried onion, and your choice of American or whiz. Shoo on a Shingle features fries topped with creamed chipped beef and Truffled Feathers might be one of the lighter toppings with truffle salt and fried eggs.
Your eyes may be bigger than your stomach, so be warned every fry dish is massive! We easily could fast all day and still be unable to finish one. If you’re looking for Naked Fries with your meal you can grab them for only $3! And make it a meal with their sliders that are served as singles.
Four varieties are currently served on the menu for around $3 each. The Original with American cheese and pickles, The Blue with bacon, blue cheese, fried onions, and BBQ sauce, The Pepper G.O.A.T with goat cheese, pepper jelly, and bacon and Scrapple with fried egg, cheddar cheese, and ketchup.
Zagat said, “Canadian-inspired poutine is the jumping-off point at this Rittenhouse fast-casual, offering a dozen varieties that range from classic curds and gravy to creamed chipped beef and a breakfast-y scrapple and egg option. Sliders and shakes round out the decadent menu, all served in a cozy, subterranean space lined with reclaimed wood.”
Let’s face it, beach body season has come and gone. It’s winter, it’s cold, fill up your belly and warm your heart with some delicious poutine, loaded french fries and tots, sliders, and shakes at Shoo Fry. Take out is offered, but no delivery just yet. Stop by Monday to Thursday 11 am— 9 pm or Friday and Saturday 11 am – 3 am.