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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Today The Stranger Suggests…

posted by on July 11 at 11:31 AM


(GASTROPOD) Did I say gastropod? (That’s because I love animals that poop on their heads.) I guess I meant gastropub, which is a word I can’t bear. Other stupidities you may encounter at Linda Derschang’s new establishment: hipsters, yuppies, crowds. One motherfucking amazing word that will lay you out flat: poutine. Smith’s poutine—fries, salty gravy, cheese curds just kissed by the frying pan—may or may not be authentic, but I’m getting faint just wanting it. (Smith, 332 15th Ave E, 709-1900. Poutine until 11 pm, 21+.) ANNIE WAGNER

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I haven't tried the poutine yet - just seems like too much for a single diner - but damn! Those Devils On Horseback are tasty!

Posted by COMTE | July 11, 2007 12:21 PM

pretty good poutine. Shitty-ass clueless service.

Posted by Joseph Fielding | July 11, 2007 12:30 PM

Yeah, I went there last night. Good stuff, but there service is waay bad. I don't know why she couldnt bring us our stuff at the same time. One beer came, then another 10 min later. Umm. you have two hands for a reason?

Posted by oatmeal | July 11, 2007 12:59 PM

Steak came cold but burger was hot. Complained and chef could not believe it. What do you expect when it has been sitting there for 20 minutes before it gets served. Had to walk back to the kitchen three times. They said they are still just getting the hang of things. Well Linda needs to get her own lazy ass in there and give them some help. Very sad since I think people will start going elsewhere unless something changes quickly.

Posted by Touring | July 11, 2007 2:18 PM

I've been in there a couple of times and the service has been impecible.

But then, the place wasn't packed to the rafters either, so maybe you-all should try going there when the servers aren't being slammed?

Posted by COMTE | July 11, 2007 2:25 PM

service might have something to do with the closed circut availability of bartenders on the hill. with that kind of job security, who needs to be nice, quick, or professional? or maybe i'm just a weeee burnt out on the bar scene here.

Posted by blah | July 11, 2007 3:15 PM

The service was almost laughably bad when I went a week ago. And the burger was lame: a small, overcooked hockey puck. When a Linda D. joint can't even get a burger right, something's seriously wrong.

I did like the jukebox and the roll-up window wall. But I think it'll be a long time before I try Smith again.

Posted by Explorer | July 11, 2007 3:32 PM

My fellow Canucks tell me that Smith's poutine sucks badly.

Which is a disappointment. I'll have to try it anyway.

Of course, it's completely unknown that I make the best damn poutine in the state of Washington, with wine and truffle salt in the gravy. Yum yum yum.

Posted by A | July 11, 2007 4:19 PM

had to repeatedly beg for water, busser was bitchy about it when asked for help getting some. Ordered four dishes for three of us, each one showed up separately and sporadically well after the previous was finished. Not sure if they don't know how to do it right, or don't care...

Posted by B | July 11, 2007 5:17 PM

Service was actually pretty decent, but jeepers, the place is packed to the gills, so, let's give 'em a break. Also, a vegetarian warning--the sweet potato fries taste like the were fried in bacon fat! I can't confirm this, but yowza, thems were bacony!

Posted by K | July 11, 2007 9:47 PM

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