The Poutine of Montreal

When he supposedly declared, “ça va faire une maudite poutine,” Fernand Lachance – about which no one is quite sure what he was speaking – uttered the words which ignited a sensation in food for the people of Canada. Poutine, that hearty, ooey-gooey, savory and salty snack-as-a-meal, rightly describes the conglomerate of fries, gravy and cheese curds, as well as the happy people who consume it. While it has spread all over Canada and even into the U.S., poutine originates from Quebec and is proudly served up as a sort of unofficial dish of Montreal. Note that the real deal is smothered in gravy mix (not from-scratch) and usually comes with a cheap price tag. This is a dish which glories in its unpretentious sloppiness, and so should you.

You can waste hours while you find a hotel in Montreal for a picturesque weekend getaway, or you can focus on what’s really important: finding the best poutine. With every greasy spoon in the area proclaiming the title for them, you have your work cut out for you. Luckily, we’ve narrowed down the field.

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La Banquise

La Banquise in actuality boasts over 28 types of poutine, but the die-hards will say that the more traditional, the better (sometimes those add-ons can be overwhelming), as the three original ingredients can simply shine on their own. Still, it’s difficult to argue with bacon, hot dogs, pepperoni or even vegetarian gravy. La Banquise is also in a neat little area and is open 24 hours, meaning you can satisfy your breakfast or post-bar cravings with equal relish.

Lachute Flea Market

Every Tuesday the Lachute Flea Market opens just outside of Montreal and offers up a complete world of goods and farm fresh produce. At about the middle of the flea market (follow the delicious smells) you’ll find the open-ended restaurant which serves up hot, fresh poutine, not too far from where the market sells cheese curds – if that’s not a great sign, what is? To complete the experience, visitors can sit under a wooden canopy and enjoy the musical stylings of local artists. Did we mention this is cuisine for the unpretentious?

Restaurant Lafleur

Part of a local chain, Lafleur on the Rue St-Denis serves up its poutine in a fast food-style restaurant which also sells hamburgers and hot dogs. Here the thick gravy comes from a chicken-based mix and the curds aren’t too shabby either. The budget-conscious will be elated to note that an order of poutine here will set you back a mere four dollars. Cheap, filling and oh-so-delicious, just the way poutine is intended.

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