Hidden Gems: US Fries brings a taste of Canada to Tucson

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Nick Smallwood | The Daily Wildcat

Customers dine at US Fries, located at 340 N. Fourth Ave. on Wednesday, Oct. 28. US Fries brings a traditional Canadian poutine and ecclectic variations of the dish to Tucson.

Fourth Avenue never fails to please its customers with its exciting food venues, and that tradition continues with one of the newest, unique and must-try cuisines served up at US Fries. Located at 340 N. 4th Ave. and across the street from the Hippie Gypsy, US Fries has only been open for a little over a year. Owner Thomas Jones moved to Tucson from Canada to start a business selling poutine, a traditional Canadian dish.

Poutine consists of french fries covered in brown gravy and slow-melted Wisconsin cheese curds. In fact, poutine is so popular in Canada that many fast food chains such as McDonald’s have it on their menu nationwide. US Fries also offers different variations on this classic such as Sweet BBQ Pulled Pork Poutine, Cheeseburger Poutine, Vegetarian Poutine, Pork 3 Ways Poutine and many more.

Of course, the traditional dish doesn’t have to be tried first.

“I would like to say yes [to starting with the original], but once you try the others, you can’t go back to the original,” said line cook Joe Tenschert. “The Philly Cheese Steak Poutine should be tried first.”

Since opening a year ago, US Fries has been successfully gaining traction, with the franchise expanding to Tempe. Many customers return to share their love for the exotic meal and bring along friends to try it for the first time.

Poutine isn’t the only thing on the menu. Burgers and fried cheese curds are also served along with Tucson’s own Eegee’s for those in need of a cold treat during a hot Fourth Avenue stroll.

US Fries also offers an enticing atmosphere with three televisions and a retro ambiance with 1960s music. Though furnished with an upscale menu monitor and soda machine, the food venue offers a homey feel through its intimate space. The staff also take great care in providing the best assistance and customer experience.

“I don’t know of anywhere else in Tucson or Phoenix that does what we do. No one sells poutine,” Tenschert said. “If people want to try something different, something new, something unique, they should definitely stop by.”

US Fries is open every day from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 4 a.m. Friday and Saturday.


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