In the heart of New Westminster there’s a new development called The Shops at New West Station. This location is particularly special due to the close proximity of the skytrain station. This is where you’ll find The Spud Shack Fry Co.
I’m not gonna lie, when I first heard of the Spud Shack Fry Co. I chalked them up as another deep fried, late night, pub type place and nothing more. Talking about not judging a book by its cover. The Spud Shack is much more than that, starting with owner/chef Dan Close.
With a resume that includes the Fairmont Hotel and Cactus Club, Dan is no stranger to the hospitality game. He’s also a certified Red Seal Chef. The Spud Shack Fry Co. is his first solo concept, one he’s very proud of.
“We don’t take shortcuts” says Dan. “All our food is locally sourced when possible. We start each order with potatoes that we cut in house, soak for 5-6 hours then flash fry and made to order”.
The fries are the foundation of the menu, so of course we had to try some. We started with a cone of their Belgium frites.
The price ranges from $2.75 for a small cone to $8 for a large one. The fries are cooked perfectly – crispy on the outside, mushy on the inside, and they just scream “dip me, dip me”. Sauces are $1 and are totally worth it. The truffle and rosemary salt mayo was my favourite. I also recommend the Dutch mayo.
The Spud Shack Fry Co. has an extensive and inclusive list of craft and Belgium beers. If you ask Dan, he will be more than happy to recommend the perfect brew to go with those fries. We had the Tripel Karmeliet, a golden Belgium beer with a high alcohol content (8.4%) that went down surprisingly easy.
The Spud Shack Fry Co. won this year’s Vanfoodster’s poutine challenge, so of course we had to try some of that.
So what makes an award-winning poutine? Aside from the perfect frites, the gravy is complex but not overwhelming (it’s also gluten free!) and the cheese are the perfect curds, which don’t melt, but are “squeaky” and have a mild but definite flavour. Dan’s cheese is delivered fresh weekly from farms in Delta. Poutine price ranges from $5 to $14 and toppings include pulled pork, Montreal smoked meat and bacon. I recommend a nice Bellerose beer to go with your classic poutine.
So what if you’re in the mood for something more substantial? I recommend the E’ffing good burger ($12)
Feast your eyes, internet! This beauty not only lives up to its name, but rivals my favourite burger of all time. Hand made, hand pressed locally sourced meat, served in a fresh bun with pickle, smoked onion mayo, bacon, monterey jack cheese, lettuce and a tomato jam that takes 5 hours to make. hubba hubba! It also comes with a medium size frites.
This dish was particularly made tasty by Dan’s choice of beer. The Whistler Brewing Co. chestnut ale. This beer was so good that I will dedicate a post exclusive to it in the near future.
By now we’re pretty stuffed. But you guys know me well by now and you know that I never say no to dessert. We tried two delicious desserts:
The apple tart with homemade caramel sauce came with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream. This is a perfect dessert for sharing after a movie.
The Spud Shack Fry Co. will be closed from December 23 until Jan 2nd for renovations, but there’s some cool events coming up in the new year, like plans to launch a long table series. Follow them on Twitter @SpudShackca for the latest news.