February 15, 2016
This weekend, Marvel Comics' fan-favorite "Merc with a Mouth" – Deadpool – hit movie theaters throughout the country, in what has been celebrated as a rousing success.
In just its first three days, the action-comedy has made $135 million in U.S. theaters, becoming the biggest R-rated moving opening ever.
In a media blitz, the film's star, Ryan Reynolds, has been everywhere. But he has also had time to help a young boy raise funds for cancer treatment at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
Side note: the superhero, Deadpool, suffers from cancer, as well.
And, in Northern Liberties, the restaurant Dos Segundos, has gotten into the "Deadpool" spirit by offering a chimichanga – one of Deadpool's favorite foods – to honor's the character's Canadian roots and his, oft-pronounced, love of Mexican food.
It's a dish that's getting a lot of attention. Even the popular internet destination, Nerdist, covered the introduction of the dish.
It's a "Poutine Chimichanga" and, just like the star of the Deadpool film, it's a creation so crazy that it works perfectly.
This reporter sampled the creation during a visit to the Northern Liberties restaurant – a personal favorite in the city – and the experience was interesting to say the least.
The chimichanga – basically a deep-fried burrito – is filled with the traditional Canadian delicacy, poutine. If you're not familiar, poutine is made of french fries, slathered in gravy and cheese curds.
Dos Segundos stuffs their chimichanga adding bacon, braised short rib and beef au jus. The rest of the chimichanga is filled with white rice and refried pinto beans, then topped with sour cream and pickled jalapeños.
But, how is this mix of mex-canadian flavors?
Short answer, it's delicious.
But, the most fun might have been ordering the thing. When this reporter visited the eatery, the waiter's eyes lit up when we ordered the Deadpool-themed dish.
"You won't be sorry. It's great," he quipped as he wrote it down.
The dish itself doesn't look any different than a typical chimichanga, except perhaps for the bacon on top. But, once you cut into it and see it brimming with crispy french fries, it's obvious this chimichanga is a different breed.
The meat was soft and juicy – which is often the case at a restaurant that offers tasty goat meat as well as typical beef, chicken, chorizo and other meats to fill tacos, burritos and chimichangas – and the beef au jus flavored the short rib and french fries equally well.
Overall, for something that sounds like it shouldn't work on paper, it totally works on a plate.
So, if you're planning on seeing the film this week, it might be a good idea to pair it with a dish that Deadpool himself might appreciate.