Poutine (fries and cheese curds covered with hot brown gravy) wasn't something I grew up with in Edmonton. In fact, I don't think I'd ever heard of poutine until I was in grad school. Maybe I didn't get out enough to see it on menus, but poutine was never a thing at any of the places I did go to.
Now when I go back to Edmonton, it's everywhere. Even Pizza Hut.
Fries and gravy, on the other hand, was everywhere. A plate of hot fries covered with a generous ladle or two of thick brown peppery gravy, or maybe on the side for dipping.