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Jan 9, 2007 07:25 PM

Best Poutine in Toronto? Anyone?

Ok, there seems to be no good place or any place at all that has good poutine's in Toronto. Does anyone know any? I'm in North york, but would go downtown for one if necessary. LOL

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  1. Blue truck at City Hall - among the best I've ever tasted.

    And while not strictly classical poutine, JKWB does a great different take on poutine, new every couple of days.

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    1. re: DAB

      which blue truck? i usually see 2!
      i've tried poutine at a few different trucks there, and haven't found anything very satisfying yet.

      1. re: jayseeca

        it's the truck parked at the farthest east.
        they have the best poutine in toronto

      2. re: DAB

        i wholeheartedly agree with this.

        best i've had in toronto, and i do consider myself to be a bit of a poutine snob, as i grew up in quebec city.

      3. Bymark's lobster poutine with bearnaise sauce is divine. It'll set you back $25.

        I second the blue truck on Queen for delicious poutine.

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        1. re: Food Tourist

          Oh the Bymark lobster poutine *is* fabulous! (For the high-end non-traditional experience)

          1. re: Food Tourist

            I don't mind paying $25 for lobster poutine. At last year's Winterlicious friends and I went to Lola Steak House (south of Yonge & Eglinton) for dinner, and the appetizer was a lobster poutine that a word...horrific. Limp, stringy, undercooked fries, barely any lobster to be found, and what we were convinced was warmed up Cheese Whiz sauce on top. Absolutely god-awful.

            I think what added to our misery that night (the entire meal was just unpalatable) was that the nasty waiter automatically added a 20% tip to the bill. For a table for 3 people that he hardly spoke one word to.

            1. re: czthemmnt

              There are other threads discussing Lola in a, shall we say, less than flattering light. Not a good bet for anything.

            1. re: TwinklyTerrapin

              Does ther Rebel House use cheese curds?

              1. re: TwinklyTerrapin

                I haven't tried it yet, but I'm told that Rebel House has it on sliced potato rounds (kind of like hash browns?) instead of fries. I've heard it's amazingly good, but if you're expecting fries it can be surprising.

                1. re: mainja

                  Yep, the fries aren't the traditional long rectangular slab o' fry, instead they are sorta more like potato chips, but a little thicker; not nearly as thick as hash browns. I really like them--more surface area to soak up the cheese-y, gravy-y goodness.

                2. re: TwinklyTerrapin

                  I definitely second Rebel House! The poutine is the only thing I like eating there, though... And they aren't too happy to seat/serve you if all you're ordering is a poutine and a side(s) of beer!

                  The potato rounds are great! I know they're not traditional... You have to eat these with a fork though... you'll never find those stray straight fries that you can pick up with your fingers!

                  1. re: YYZtoSFO

                    after hearing time and time again about the poutine there I went, and I have to say, I didn't like it. Too, um, I don't know, hard to quatify. It's possibly that it's the smoked mozzerella the everyone loves that I didn't like...

                3. Cheese curds AND smoked mozzerella--best of both goopy, gooey worlds...

                  1. Quince does one with peanut sauce, not traditional but v. v. good.

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                    1. re: nummanumma

                      Rebel House poutine is awful. From what I can tell, the potato rounds are not made to order (mine were barely warm). They claim to use "fresh curds and smoked mozzarella," but there were no curds in mine (and that was the whole reason I went).
                      In addition, maybe their smoked mozz is just powerful strong, but to me it tasted like they just dumped some hickory smoke into their sauce.
                      I call it disgusting.
                      The best poutine I've found in TO (yet to try the infamous blue truck, but I'll get there, I promise!) is from British Style Fish n' Chips, but it is a little weird (good brown sauce, good curds (talk to the cook from Quebec about their supplier) but tastes vaguely sweet, maybe fishy? I know that sounds terrible, but it's only slightly weird).