Now, I’ve read terrible things about all things Donnelly–commercial, bad food, crappy service, etc.
I can’t say, however, that my first experience in a Donnelly-managed pub was that bad. The bar service was quick and it was a hockey night (the first game of the season! It was crazy!). I ordered a poutine, again, because they had one and I want to try as many as I can.
Fries: The fries were of the frozen variety. Nothing surprising here.
Cheese: They were cheese curds, but they weren’t fresh. I know that just looking at them–if they look waxy, they’re not squeaky anymore. Squeaky cheese looks shiny.
Gravy: It wasn’t all bad, but it was all the bottom. There wasn’t much of it on the top. It felt like they put the gravy in before the fries. Weird, I know!
And the green stuff on it tasted like cilantro or something. Not sure exactly what it was, but it wasn’t a good idea. I just pushed it aside as much as I could.
Final grade: a middling 5/10. There are much better poutines out there, but the gravy on this one wasn’t all bad. Just, fresher cheese please?