P’tit Soleil (1386 Westwood Blvd., Westwood; 310.441.5384) is serving up one of the best things French Canadians gave us: poutine. Think, fries smothered in cheese curds and gravy. The spot next to Soleil Westwood, seats about 50, has a zinc bar with aluminum seating, marble tables and TVs that pay homage to hockey year-round (including Kings off-season news).
They have over 10 poutines. Order up Poutine du Prince Edward (topped with mussels au gratin) or the Poutine Marat, (covered in filet mignon, mushrooms and a Cognac sauce). They also offer regional Québécois plates like Roule de Choux (French-Canadian style egg roll, filled with cabbage, veal and pork) and Crevette Heather (tiger shrimp in a cognac cream sauce). Wash it all down with Dirty French Canadian (Crown Royal, Grand Marnier, ginger ale and a dash of bitters). The beer list features rare Canadian imports Brasserie Dieu du Ciel Rigor Mortis (an Abbey-style brown ale), Péché Mortel (an imperial coffee stout) and Dominus Vobiscum Double IPA.