Editor: It appears P.E.I. has a new food critic. In a recent edition of The Guardian (“Council should taste food first”) Jill Allman of Kensington really tears the “fries shack at Founders Hall” to pieces. Old oil in the fryer and “black and greasy” were her two major complaints.
Being the curious sort, I headed down there this afternoon. Ms. Allman didn’t name the shack, but I only found one so I guess I was in the right spot. I located the nearest garbage can, in case Ms. Allman’s critique was on the money.
The person ahead of me ordered the poutine and I overheard her saying she was a repeat customer from last summer and couldn’t wait for this year’s offering. The owner was friendly and polite, and after said customer left with a smile, I figured I’d risk the price of an order of fries. I tried to get a peek inside the fryer but cannot report the colour of the oil here. My fries weren’t greasy, were darker than the usual stuff you get at the golden arches, but identical to an upscale restaurant’s version a few blocks away. I believe home cut fries tend to be darker.
They were delicious and it was a delight to support local farmers and a local entrepreneur. Ms. Allman said she was “appalled” that cruise ship visitors are subjected to this and that she “wanted to apologize to those that were there.”
No need to apologize to me, ma’am, but I would like to apologize to the owner of the fries shack for having to hear a complaint in the media and not in person.