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Good poutine downtown Toronto??

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jen2202 Aug 27, 2006 11:56 PM

Is there such thing as good poutine in downtown toronto? Everyone keeps telling me to try the chip trucks infront of city hall, now i've had poutine at all of them and am still unimpressed. I'm looking for real poutine, with cheese curd and fresh cut fries with gravy that is not flavored like chicken...

  1. sensualspirit Aug 28, 2006 02:37 AM

    Oh gross, no kidding, the trucks suck.

    Believe it or not, KFC still has the best poutine IMO.

    I've tried some from various restaurants & b/c they use beef gravy, it pales compared to KFC's, but you have to make sure they make it really hot, otherwise the curds don't melt.

    There's also that restaurant (if you really need it, I'll pull it for you) that has upscale poutine. It's expensive, but sounds interesting.

    Let me know what you think : )

    Michelle

    1. cord Aug 28, 2006 02:38 AM

      i haven't had it for awhile, but i remember lick's poutine being pretty decent?

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        lissar Aug 28, 2006 03:01 AM

        Meh. Their fries are frozen and they don't use cheese curds.

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        Gary Aug 28, 2006 11:44 AM

        People always rave about the poutine from the Rebel House at 1068 Yonge street, near Rosedale.

        As for fast food poutine, I've tried the KFC and Harvey's versions with disappointment, and determined that the New York Fries version is the best of the bunch. The fries are good, with the skin on, they use curds not that lame orange sauce, and the gravy isn't too salty.

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          DAB Aug 28, 2006 01:12 PM

          Only go to the Bluye Truck at city hall - it's true that the rest of the trucks there suck but this one is the only one that seems to pull it off!

          The other 'restaurant' that pulls it off that Michelle was referring to is JKWB, 9 Church Street. Changes most days - we had the pulled pork poutine last week. Great.

          1. mtampoya Aug 28, 2006 03:14 PM

            Not sure if it is still there but The Strand had a killer poutine. YUM! Does anyone know if it is still there? www.mishsplayground.com

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              buspirone Aug 28, 2006 03:35 PM

              My S.O. is from small-town Quebec - so he should know. He admits that the poutine at the Costco cafeteria is acutally pretty good. the one caveat is that they only seem to have cheese curds infrequently - so its hit or miss whether we get to have any on our trips to the store.

              1. westhead74 Aug 28, 2006 03:45 PM

                Looks like The Strand has closed from what I can see?

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                  mtampoya Aug 29, 2006 01:09 PM

                  I actually really liked that place :(

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                  torontogal Aug 29, 2006 03:31 AM

                  The best poutine I've found in the city is at Dangerous Dans, corner of Queen and Broadview. http://www.dangerousdansdiner.com/. Great beefy gravy (sometimes with real meat right in it) and lots of cheese curds.

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                    jen2202 Aug 29, 2006 05:17 PM

                    U know i heard that dangerous dans had good poutine and went there one day to try it out. OMG tell me u have never stepped foot in there! i would never eat there, we turned around as soon as we walked in, and walked out. the "seats" at the tables are actually the middle seat in a mini van....which whatever, nothing really wrong with that if u take care of them, but it doesnt look like they do. the seats had stains and rips all over and a few french fries stuck to them. it also looked like they dont like to clean...maybe i just went at the wrong time of day???????

                    And i would like to thank buspirone for the tip b/c i was actually going to costco yesterday so i tried it out. for cafeteria poutine it was pretty good! and they did use real cheese curd. im sure there is better out there but this did tide me over for a bit!

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