I am a fan of poutine, but Dallas is in short supply of the unofficial Canadian national dish that is made up of house-made fries, fresh squeaky cheese curds and a rich brown gravy. In Canada you will find as many versions of the dish as you might find restaurants. From the best 5-star fine dining establishment to most any fast food chain carry the dish with their own special spin.
Today I discovered a unique version in Dallas at Park Tavern in the Shops at Park Lane across from Bowl and Barrel. One table mate insisted on ordering this for the group and what came out was nothing short of terrific.
They are called Animal Tots, and as the name suggests they are made with tater tots although fries may be substituted. On top of the large platter of potatoes you will find pulled pork, cheese curds, grainy mustard, fried egg, and a rich stout gravy to boot.
Our fried egg was a bit overcooked, so you may wish to ask for the egg over easy so you obtain the ooziness required to lubricate the potatoes properly.
I totally get this appetizer and give the chef props for a fun and sharable dish.