Poutine from Seattles Steelhead Diner.
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First Canada invents a national dish that is a pile of french fries with a pile of cheese curds on top with a pile of gravy on top of that: poutine.

Then Canada has a World Poutine Eating Competition.

The winner eats 13 pounds of poutine in 10 minutes. Thirteen. Pounds. Of. Poutine.

But! He is from Chicago. Sorry, Canada! You can't outglutton the good ol' U.S. of A. But you're cute for trying, eh?

Victorious poutine-ingester Pat "Deep Dish" Bertoletti says he intends to spend his $750 cash prize at a bar: "I’m going to put it back into Toronto’s economy.” Now that's right neighborly.

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And: Over here, The Stranger's own champion eater Paul Constant rhapsodizes about poutine in Seattle, namely at the Steelhead Diner.

Furthermore! You can watch our own Cienna Madrid attempt to follow in Paul Constant's formidable footsteps in winning the ID spring-roll-eating crown tonight. Go, Cienna!

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