Let me cut off the comments before they start: No, this doesn't much resemble real poutine, the Canadian dish of cheese curds and gravy over fries. But the Poutine & Eggs ($11) at Ortine in Prospect Heights is an excellent crock of brunch food nonetheless: soft fingers of roasted skin-on potatoes doused in mushroom gravy, covered in cheese and eggs, and baked. Visually and in terms of taste, the cheese gets somewhat lost in the egg white and gravy; in fact, it's a little hard to find at first, but when you get a crisp edge of deliciously crusted-over cheese, it's a great bite. The eggs stay just a little bit runny, further adding to the delicious puddle of the dish. Sausage is available for an additional $3.50, but I'd recommend sticking with the meatless version.
While this dish alone isn't worth running to Ortine for, the restaurant is a wonderful place to spend a weekend afternoon: a cheery, homey room that doesn't crowd up too quickly, with friendly waitresses and unlimited refills of very good Crop to Cup coffee. Laid-back, fairly priced, good eats—my idea of a reliable brunch spot.
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