Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Cruiser's Grill

Thanks to poutine lover Kim for this review!

This summer my family and I drove from Victoria to Tofino BC for a spot of whale watching. Just before we went too far down the stomach churning Alberni Highway, we decided to stop for lunch at Cruiser’s Grill.
Having lived in the US for the last six years, I am always excited to have ‘real’ Canadian poutine, even if it is from the wrong side of the country. 

The restaurant served a side of poutine for a hefty $6.95….but that didn’t stop me. 

But they really did mean a ‘side.’

Overall, the fries were mediocre (the frozen store bought variety), there were no curds, only shredded cheddar, and there was nowhere near enough gravy. I give this poutine a generous 1 curd out of 5, only because I managed to keep it down over the next 3 hours of winding mountain roads. 

Cruiser's Grill, 3680 Alberni Hwy, Qualicum Beach, BC V9K 1X7
Phone: 250-752-4814


Knatolee said...

Oh my GOD, are those anemic fries even cooked? Sorry you had to experience this horror masquerading as poutine!!!

Anonymous said...

It's a shame you had a bad experience at Cruiser's Grill. I just need to correct you on couple things. If you are a fry expert, you would know that the fries are freshly cut every morning. Even in the picture you can tell that they are NOT frozen fries. Secondly, if you order poutine as part of your meal, it is only an extra $1.50. A side of poutine is a large plate covered with fries, gravy, mozza and real cheddar for $6.95. When you travel to a lot of local restaurants here, you would know that most Do Not use cheese curds. They are expensive and most taste pretty nasty. I personally prefer the mozza and cheddar. I am the sister of the owner of Cruiser's Grill. You can go ahead and keep the your opinion posted but please have the menu removed.
Happy poutine hunting and I would suggest getting your facts straight before you go around bashing restaurants.
Thank you!

BurgerLover said...

I'm a regular here, as I live close by. I've had the poutine with my meal, which is only $1.50. Not $6.95 as you mistakenly report. The taste and quality has always been excellent and is much better than your picture displays.

The full order of poutine at the $6.95 price is a meal in itself. It's incredible and I highly recommend giving this place a try for yourself.