Shaw’s Tavern, a northwest D.C. gastropub, offers up dishes such as chicken and waffles, fried green tomatoes, and gouda grits. But I couldn’t resist trying its poutine, a savoury Quebecois comfort food. Unlike in Quebec, poutine is a little hard to come by here; unless, that is, you want to order “disco fries” in Jersey. Lousy with umami, salty French fries are saturated with a rich brown gravy, then topped with melting cheese curds. No wonder poutine is the sine qua non of Canada. Canadians even serve it at fast food joints with accoutrements like bacon. Visit Shaw’s Tavern here.