How can we have a Notable Montreal section without talking about where to find the best poutine in the city? Poutine has for years been the staple comfort/snack food for Quebeckers, and while there are many different ‘spins’ on the traditional layering of French fries, gravy, and cheese curds, there are some places that just do it better than others. Here are what we at Notable believe to be the best poutine spots in the city.
Originally opened in 1968, the history of La Banquise is a précis of everything good about the evolution of working-class Quebecois food in the past 40 years. It started as a hot dog and frites snack bar, and as of the 80s it started serving poutine. Today, it is open 24 hours and has more than 24 versions of poutine for you to choose from. We highly recommend the Ty-Rex (with ground beef, pepperoni, bacon, and smoked sausage). 994 Rachel East.
Au Pied de Cochon
Renowned for it’s more ‘gourmet’ take on poutine, Au Pied de Cochon’s fois gras poutine remains the talk of the town when it comes to the all stars of poutine. Chef/Owner Martin Picard (known for his Food Network show The Wild Chef) was one of the pioneers of the trend towards upscale casual dining in Montreal. You will not be disappointed with the poutine here. 536 Duluth East.
This 24-hour hole-in-the-wall diner is notable for its greasy fair which many Montrealers routinely flock to for late-night munchies. But if it’s a traditional, basic poutine you are craving, this is where you need to be to fully appreciate all that this dish has to offer. It’s simple and perfect. 1455 Lambert-Closse.
Garde Manger is famous in Montreal for many things, but one of the ultimate dishes on their menu is the Lobster Poutine, and it has the ability to attack your taste buds in a way that no other dish can. Celebrity Chef/Owner Chuck Hughes has taken poutine to the next level by combining the traditional trilogy of ingredients with globs of lobster. When you are in the mood for something rich and decadent, dive into one of these. 408 Saint-Francois-Xavier.
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