Photo by Laine Doss

Dairy Belle

If you think Americans have cornered the market on extreme food, you haven’t tried poutine. The French-Canadian dish, which became popular in Quebec in the 1950s consists of French fries smothered in brown gravy and cheese curds. The result: a salty, cheesy, addictive food that bathes the soul and clogs the arteries. Fortunately for South Floridians, Canadians flock to the region each winter. In 1998, Gilles and Ritane Grenier decided to open an ice-cream and fast-food stand. They put poutine on the menu and before they knew it, they were overrun by homesick Canadians and locals who got hooked on the dish. Dairy Belle recently moved to a strip mall, but the poutine remains the same. New Normal: Dairy Belle is only a mile from Dania Beach, so take your poutine to-go and head for the sand and surf.

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