Franchise owner Jay Blackman says Smoke’s Poutinerie is tossing around a number of ideas for serving breakfast poutine at the University of Calgary MacEwan Student Centre location.
Smoke’s has not settled on any specific breakfast options yet but some of the possible recipes Blackman mentioned are a scrambled egg, maple syrup and bacon poutine; a scrambled egg, bacon, mushroom, diced onion and cheese poutine; a scrambled egg with waffle minis, bacon and syrup; and even a huevos rancheros poutine.
“We’re going to do something more than we normally do, that’s for sure,” Blackman says.
He says the huevos rancheros poutine may begin as a limited time offer as it will be a substantial poutine with a sunny-side fried egg, refried beans, guacamole and sour cream.
Most Smoke’s Poutinerie locations open at 11:00 a.m. and close as late as 4:00 a.m. on weekends. Blackman says there is little demand for breakfast options.
However, the university is different.
“I think there’s a big opportunity and a need to offer more breakfast items at the university,” Blackman says. “And we’re basically a meal in a box. You can have your potatoes and your eggs and bacon, all that, and be on your way.”
Breakfast options have been offered on a limited-time basis at other locations — such as a maple bacon poutine — but not as regular menu options.
Blackman says they are on schedule to open in early March but an exact day will be pinned down closer to opening.