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Where To Find The Best Poutine in Montreal

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Finding the best poutine in Montreal is akin to going after the Holy Grail – many have tried, but few have succeeded. The results of such quests always vary, and no one seems to agree on the final selection. Where is the best poutine in Montreal? Should we stick to proven classics, or should we venture into unknown territories? Decisions, decisions.

As a big fan of poutine myself and a Montrealer, I figured I could throw in my two cents.

Now – I don’t think that poutine is the most representative dish of Montreal because, truth be told, there’s an effervescent and quite inventive foodie scene in this town and it would be a shame to skip it in favour of this hearty classic. But you do need to have poutine once every time you visit, or at the very least, once in your lifetime.

Bon appétit!

(Keep in mind that it is very hard to make yucky poutine; whatever place you pick will more than likely make your taste buds very happy. These are just my personal favourites.)

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The Best Poutine in Montreal – The Smackdown

The Classic Experience

La Banquise (994 Rue Rachel East)

If you are only in town for a short while and want to experience poutine in the most efficient way, head to La Banquise. This restaurant is open 24/7 (although much of its clientele visits between 1AM and 5AM, because as far as hangover remedies go, poutine tops ’em all) and offers a pretty good selection for poutine neophytes and locals alike, as well as the fast-food staples of North America: hot dogs, burgers, corndogs, and onion rings. Definitely the go-to place for first-timers!

The Make-Your-Own

Poutineville (1348 Beaubien East & 1365 Rue Ontario East)

If you are feeling adventurous with your poutine and want to spice it up a little, the first place that comes to mind is Poutineville. Here, instead of ordering something off the menu, you are pretty much handed a checklist of the kitchen’s every ingredient and told to pick whatever pleases you. Oh, dear heavens. You can add anything from blue cheese to grilled zucchini to Italian sausage, or if you want to have the illusion of a healthy meal, a side salad or a veggie sandwich.

My favorite mix? Crushed potatoes with regular poutine sauce topped with bacon, frankfurters, and extra grated cheese. YUM.

The Local One

Nouveau système (323 Beaubien East)

The place probably hasn’t changed a bit since it’s opening int he 1960s. This is a common, run-of-the-mill, retro-looking Québécois greasy spoon where everyone in the neighbourhood gathers for a poutine, be it grandmothers, young families, normcore hipsters or freelancers who forgot to pick up veggies for dinner and end up getting poutine instead (hi! that’s me).

best poutine in montrealOther places where you’ll get good poutine

  • Frites Alors! (various locations)
  • Montreal Poutine (161 Saint Paul East)
  • Chez Tousignant (6956 Drolet)
  • Montreal Pool Room (1217 St. Laurent)
  • Chez Claudette (351 Laurier East )
  • Patati Patata (4177 St. Laurent)
  • Mont-Royal Hot-Dog
  • Mange-Moi (35 Mont-Royal East)

Poutines with a twist

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Marie-Eve

Marie is a native Montrealer trying to balance a deep love for her hometown and an unquenchable thirst for travel and discovery. She has been to more than 36 countries, lived abroad in both France and the U.K., and is always on the lookout for authentic experiences wherever she travels -- especially if it involves chocolate.