The Canadian comfort food poutine, a mixture of french fries, cheese curds and gravy, is coming to Michigan in a big way.

Toronto based Smokes Poutinerie is planning an expansion into Michigan including locations in Detroit, Ann Arbor and Lansing.

According to the Detroit News, the Michigan expansion is part of a larger move for the chain into the Midwest,

“Our fans are demanding poutine in the Midwest,” said Smoke’s founder Ryan Smolkin in a press release. He has teamed up with Liberty Tax franchisees Craig Comer and Hilaire Tolsma, multi-unit Jet’s Pizza franchisee Joel Northam and public relations veteran Toine Murphy to expand the brand into the Midwest.

“We feel the Smoke’s vibe every day,” Comer said in a press release. “From the moment we first sampled Smoke’s Poutinerie in Toronto, we knew that the Midwest was going to fall in love with the brand’s originality, personality and product.”

The first Michigan Poutinerie is set to open later in 2016. In addition to Smoke Poutinerie's Canadian locations, there are US locations in California, Arizona, Nevada and Florida.

In addition to the traditional fries-curds-gravy poutine, Smoke's menu offers chicken, beef pork and vegetarian versions of poutine.

If you've never experienced poutine, here's a bit of what Smoke's Poutinerie is all about (or a-boot, if you want to practice talking Canadian).

[Detroit News]

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