Chez’ Francois Poutinerie - Turning Pointe Autism Foundation

Chez’ Francois Poutinerie


Last night, I had the privilege of going out to Chez’ Francois Poutinerie for dinner. What is so special about the restaurant? It’s autism friendly! That was an automatic plus for this blogger! Their specialty is poutine. Poutine is a Canadian dish made with seasoned french fries, brown gravy & cheese curds. It may sound a little strange, but it is an unbelievably yummy dish! As soon as I put it in my mouth, I was in heaven. It was absolutely, positively amazing!

Right when you walk in, you’re greeted with a hand drawn mural of a deer. The deer is a part of their logo. The mural almost looks like a Harry Potter patronus. You know the one, it’s Harry’s fathers’, the one that he sees quite frequently after the third book? Anyway, going further into the restaurant, you see a small window that lets you peer into the kitchen. I got to see all the cheese curds ( I LOVE cheese!). You could also see the fries and the gravy sitting on the stove behind the small counter. Then on a little further after the small window comes the food counter. It’s where you order the poutine & drink. You pay for your meal, and then go take a seat.

The seating area consists of little wood tables and these yellow chairs. My friend and I sat in the bar area. It was a really tall seat, and my friend is 5’2. Unfortunately their feet were dangling a little bit. The food came out in 5-10 minutes! That’s fast service! They also have a self-serve soda fountain.

Then in the back of the restaurant is a little shopping area, all things in that area are made by people with disabilities! It was super cool! There were sweaters, hoodies, mugs, tumblers, handmade soaps, brownie bars and other yummy goodies, homemade bird seed blocks (that’s pretty cool, didn’t know there was a market for those kinds of things!) There was also hand painted ceramics. The staff was super friendly and thanked my friend and I for coming to the restaurant. The staff also revealed to us that the added money on the bill (which was about $2-3) would be going to help their handicapable friends that worked at the restaurant. It was delicious too! Everything came out, piping hot & fresh. I’ll definitely be going back!