They did try to expand to Paris at some point, but for some reason it didn’t pan out.
This Holiday Season, we were not going to miss out on a great Ashton poutine. After a late New Year’s party, it was the perfect way to recover. In between two familial visits, we stopped at the 1st Avenue location, in lowertown. (A favorite of mine, this location is open until 4 AM on Fridays and Saturdays - I have made a few stops there before going home a few blocks away in my university days)
Even though it was New Year’s Day, it was open, and Mel and I were very grateful.
The great thing about Ashton, is that everything is made fresh, and most of their suppliers are local. Fries are hand cut in the morning – the potatoes are grown on the Orléans Island. Cheese curds are delivered daily. Their branding is about how fresh things are, and it is mostly true. Although there has been rumours about how they processed the meat in their “pain à la viande” (a hot-dog bun filled with saucy ground beef, topped with onions and ketchup).
I ordered their Trio du Lac. A “Hot-Dog du Lac” is inspired by the traditionnal way of serving hot-dogs in the Lac-St-Jean area – with sliced cabbage, mayonnaise, and topped with fries IN the hot-dog. Wanting to be healthy, I declined the fries option for the trio – after all, there was fries IN the hot-dog, and opted for the green salad. The trio was completed by a ice cold Pepsi.
Eating a hot-dog garnished like that reminds me fondly of my days at the Jonquière CEGEP. In the SagLac area, hot-dogs are quite often garnished with cole slaw and fries – there are a few spots that I loved going to : Goofy in Alma, le Pavillon du Hot-Dog in Jonquière, and the now defunct DEC Café, 50 meters from my student apartment, who offered 2 fully loaded “hot-dog du Lac” for $1.99. Great deal for a student!
Anyway, Ashton’s hot-dog is alright. Their sausage is fairly big and juicy. You need to like the combined taste of mayo and cabbage, and need not to be taken aback by the fries on top. The side salad was relatively fresh = the lettuce was crispy, and the tomato wedges still firm. The baby carrots however were quite dry, and you could see dry white spots on them.
As a side to my Trio, we got the regular Ashton poutine, the real reason of our visit.
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