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Poutine in Montreal?

Saffron8 Jul 24, 2008 01:51 PM

I am going to Montreal and need to eat lots of poutine! Where can I get some good stuff? (I have a reservation at Au Pied Du Cochon, so I already know about the foie gras topped poutine)

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    chloeaardse Apr 9, 2012 11:30 AM

    I can't believe no one mentioned the poutine at AA diner in at-Henri on Norte dame.it is the best stick to your ribs poutine there is.soooo good.and it's opened late which is a plus!its cheap and they give huge portions.a small poutine feeds two people.i definitely suggest trying it.

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    1. re: chloeaardse
      maj54us Apr 10, 2012 03:38 AM

      had a great poutine in Longueuil at Alfa Hot dog
      Great fries, good gravy and I believe a full pound of real poutine cheese (the kind that doesn't melt)
      What is the official name for that kind of cheese? I know it's a very young cheddar cheese.
      My daughter call its SQEEK SQEEK cheese.

      It was to much I only ate half of it and brought the rest home.

      Alfa Hot Dog Inc
      2497 CH DE CHAMBLY, LONGUEUIL, QC J4L1M2 Phone: 450-647-5701

      1. re: maj54us
        SnackHappy Apr 10, 2012 07:12 AM

        "What is the official name for that kind of cheese?"

        Fromage en grains or fresh cheese curds. The cheese has to have been made the same day and preferably have never seen a refrigerator.

        A lot of Montrealers think poutine is all about melty gooey cheese and tons of sauce, but it's so much better when the cheese is squeaky, the sauce is thin and the fries aren't drowning in it.

        1. re: SnackHappy
          Werzoth Jul 1, 2012 08:31 AM

          Glad to see someone who thinks like me. Most places just put tons of sauce and you end up with a drowny mess, that's not a poutine to me. The cheese should also not melt, it should remain firm and squeaky.

        2. re: maj54us
          FaStAeRo Apr 10, 2012 07:24 AM

          +1 For Alfa!

          It's in my top 3 for sure...

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        ErZulie Apr 8, 2012 07:13 AM

        about a good one with pulled pork, I'd go for Le Boucan. and if you have the ribs, had a glimpse of the sauce on top of the poutine. hmmmmmm

        I agree with for the banquise, i find it a little plain and not enough sauce...

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          maj54us Nov 17, 2011 11:15 AM

          Curious to know about a new poutine place that serves "upscale" poutine dishes in the east-end of montreal. maybe on beaubien street. they were in the news a few months ago. I thought I had a bookmark for them but can't find it. thanks

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          1. re: maj54us
            kpzoo Nov 17, 2011 11:27 AM

            1348 Beaubien


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              kpzoo Nov 17, 2011 11:29 AM

              p.s. if that's the one you mean, there's a thread for it:

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                maj54us Nov 17, 2011 05:44 PM

                I think that's the one with all the toppings you can add. thanks

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            Ghostquatre Nov 16, 2011 05:08 PM

            Poutine Lafleur on Wellington is the best I've had in here.

            5.50$ for a large poutine, abundant reasonably fresh curds, gravy at the right consistency and not too salty, crispy brown/orange fries soft on the inside and not dry.

            The only problem is that I don't think many people would have a good reason to head to Verdun.

            Poutine Lafleur
            3665 Rue Wellington, Verdun, QC H4G1T9, CA

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            1. re: Ghostquatre
              FaStAeRo Nov 16, 2011 09:45 PM

              I totally second Poutine Lafleur.. it's definitely in my top 3..
              The place closes early though...

              Banquise is overrated and overpriced in my opinion..

              I find that Orange Julep on Décarie offers a pretty good Poutine..

              Poutine Lafleur
              3665 Rue Wellington, Verdun, QC H4G1T9, CA

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                superbossmom Nov 17, 2011 05:37 AM

                My favorite poutine nowadays is at the Royal Phoenix bar, corner Bernard and St Laurent,
                we were having drinks on the terrasse this summer and had the freshest most amazing poutine ever, with pulled pork over it, just divine. And I'm not a big fan of poutine usually.

              2. re: Ghostquatre
                Shattered Nov 25, 2011 02:50 AM

                Poutine Lafleur is great, and great value.

                Poutine Lafleur
                3665 Rue Wellington, Verdun, QC H4G1T9, CA

                1. re: Ghostquatre
                  cdburton Aug 22, 2012 09:24 PM

                  That's good to know! My father in law lives around the corner from there.

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                  bullysf Nov 16, 2011 01:48 PM

                  Poutines are ALL different. Sometimes I'm in the mood for soft fries, sometimes crispy. Sometimes curd cheese, sometimes shreded. Sometimes Chicken base (orange colour), sometimes beef/veal (dark brown.)
                  When I was a kid, it was hard to find a bad poutine. NOW ITS SO HARD TO FIND A GOOD ONE!
                  Many old restaurants are being bought by foreigners attempting to be successful by appealing to the masses in Montreal and POUTINE does that. The problem is, they didn't grow up on this food and, as commendable as their efforts are, they mostly fall way short. I can't imagine Poutine is very popular in Sri Lanka or Beirut. I can't fault them for trying though.
                  I my opinion, they've gimmicked poutine and a few simple facts are, they're fries dry-up/get cold fast and the tasteless sauce is runny;
                  For Orange pouts:
                  LACHINE TASTY http://www.pizzaclick.ca/view_pizzeria.php?pizzeria=151&lang=fr
                  FAMEUX (but it MUST be baked! it changes it.) http://www.midnightpoutine.ca/food/20...
                  Brown sauce:
                  CASA VENEZIA (it is so different than any you've ever tried - hints of cinnamon & sesame oil and as gross as that sounds I literally dream of this poutine, tangy brown w/crispy fries & shredded cheese)
                  Casa Venezia Restaurant
                  33 CH De La Rivière Châteauguay, Ormstown, QC
                  (450) 829-2302 ‎

                  CHEZ BASILE (stereotype salty brown w/soft fries & curd, very tasty) Arcade Basile
                  74 Rue Ste-Anne, ST.-ANNE-DE-BELLEVUE, QC
                  Phone: (514) 457-5293

                  Arcade Basile
                  74 ste-anne, STE-ANNE DE BELLEVUE, QC H9R, CA

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                  1. re: bullysf
                    liquidrawhide Nov 22, 2011 03:05 PM

                    Amen to your comments about La Banquise. Absolutely could not agree more. I really think people are taken by the gimmick of the place having so many varieties of poutine, and tend to rate it highly based on concept rather than execution.

                    The fries are mealy and fail to absorb any sauce, while the sauce itself is indeed bland, with no depth of flavor at all. There's just an overall lack of seasoning in their menu across the board.

                    I was disappointed my first time there and on a return trip, that opinion was reinforced. There are WAYYYY better options at any number of highbrow/lowbrow spots in and around the city.

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                      Plateaumaman Nov 22, 2011 03:11 PM

                      I have to agree. I had poutine at La Banquise this weekend and found the fries very soggy and brown and sauce lacking flavour. Definitely prefer the fries up the street at Frites Alors. The hot chicken sandwich had peas on it that were still frozen, hmmm. Made me crave the hot chicken from St-Hubert.

                      Frites Alors
                      3497 Boul Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC H2X2T6, CA

                    2. re: bullysf
                      BLM Nov 23, 2011 09:14 PM

                      For a very good proper poutine is the cheese curd suppose to be melting a bit(or it's not suppose to melt, just suppose to squeak when you bite into it)? So shredded cheese, also can be great poutine.

                    3. eoj Nov 27, 2008 02:24 PM

                      My four favourite poutines in Montreal are:
                      1. The extravagant foie gras poutine at APDC.
                      2. The classic poutines at La Banquise (I like the classic, duletton, and veggie).
                      3. The other basic poutine (with red wine in the sauce!) at Patati-Patata.
                      4. The extra-cheesy gratinee poutine at Fameux.

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                      1. re: eoj
                        SnackHappy Nov 28, 2008 03:35 AM

                        "4. The extra-cheesy gratinee poutine at Fameux."

                        That thing is so vile there are no words. It's unbelievably salty and is much more like disco fries than a poutine.

                        1. re: SnackHappy
                          mikefly Jun 30, 2012 03:35 PM

                          Banquise does it well
                          The baked on goodness of Fameux's gratinee is unbeatable!
                          Disagree on Patati - I think their fries are fantastic, but the poutine so-so.

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                        djdragan Nov 17, 2008 02:31 PM

                        I'll be in Montreal for the first time next week for Grey Cup, and am looking for poutine suggestions near our hotel as we likely won't have a car. We're staying at :

                        Maritime Plaza Hotel Montreal
                        1155 rue Guy
                        Montréal, QC H3H

                        I've heard good things about La Banquise and Maam Balduc, but they seem a bit far from the hotel.

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                        1. re: djdragan
                          kpzoo Nov 17, 2008 02:49 PM

                          We have a very good public transit system, do not be afraid. :-)

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                            djdragan Nov 27, 2008 02:11 PM

                            We ended up trying La Banquise on our last day in Mtl, we cabbed it and it was well worth the fare.

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                            pinkatronica Nov 21, 2008 02:38 PM

                            In a previous post, I strongly defended Frite Alors! for the best poutine in Montréal. I was there earlier this week and I take it all back. The poutine was definitely not what it used to be: the fries were limpy and the cheese was just boring. The server got really defensive when I asked him if they had changed anything...

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                              BLM Nov 22, 2008 09:39 AM

                              Which Frits Alors location(that could make a difference)?

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                            moh Aug 29, 2008 04:55 AM

                            For those of you who are interested, there is a new French language book on this history of poutine that is available at Renaud Bray called "Maudite Poutine"

                            It includes the recipe for the APDC poutine, as well as an inverse poutine, which are potato balls deep fried and filled with cheese and brown sauce I believe. Very amusing book, and some recipes.

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                              Campofiorin Jul 25, 2008 06:48 AM

                              La Banquise is your one and only stop.

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                                SnackHappy Jul 25, 2008 07:30 AM

                                Altough La Banquise is the board favourite my favourite is Ma'am Bolduc. Especially for their Poutine Bourguignonne.

                                La Banquise is very good. though. It's also very consistent, something that seems to be lacking at Ma'am Bolduc, as of late.

                                One bit of advice: Stay away from poutines with too many toppings, exotic cheeses of fancy sauces. A good poutine should have three ingredients: fries, fresh squeeky curds and chicken gravy. Never have anything that has more than one meat and one or two veg added to it. In my experience straying too far from the basic recipe kills the poutiney goodness.

                                1. re: SnackHappy
                                  moh Jul 25, 2008 07:52 AM

                                  "In my experience straying too far from the basic recipe kills the poutiney goodness."

                                  I would agree with this statement completely. I have recently branched out into non-classic poutines, and I find that the ones that have too many ingredients are distractions. I still eat them, but I have now classified these multi-ingredient creations into a category different from poutine. Too many other ingredients reduce the amount of cheese curd added, and overwhelm the fries.

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                                    cherylmtl Jul 25, 2008 12:37 PM

                                    "poutiney goodness". I like that expression...

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                                      carswell Aug 28, 2008 04:09 PM

                                      «I like that expression...»

                                      A blub for a poutine piece on this evening's edition of As It Happens referred to the concoction as the "starch de triomphe."

                                      1. re: carswell
                                        kpzoo Aug 28, 2008 04:36 PM

                                        That was a cute piece, I just listened to it. For those who didn't hear it, there is a poutine festival on this weekend in Drummondville, complete with rock bands!


                                        Poutine overdose!

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                                          Campofiorin Aug 28, 2008 05:28 PM

                                          The reason there are rock bands is because the festival is actually put out by a band, Les Trois Accords who hail from, you guessed it, Drummondville. They take care of everything, organizing, financing, even security, but they won't be playing over the weekend though.

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                                            jayt90 Aug 28, 2008 09:08 PM

                                            Just as well, considering their awful selection on As it happens tonight.

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                                              Campofiorin Aug 29, 2008 05:57 AM

                                              I'm not sure I'm understanding that comment.

                                2. bomobob Jul 25, 2008 05:22 AM

                                  Chez Gerard, out in Ste.-Marthe-sur-le-lac. It's the honest to goodness real stuff, and it's hard to find better anywhere. Just stick a pack of smokes under your t-shirt sleeve, and forget about all those yuppie poutine imitations.

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                                  1. re: bomobob
                                    Ruthie789 Jul 1, 2012 05:57 PM

                                    Yes Chez Gerard makes amazing poutine, and I agree with you keep it simple!

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                                    eat2much Jul 24, 2008 05:20 PM

                                    Try the lobster poutine at Garde Manger!

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                                      BLM Jul 24, 2008 02:06 PM

                                      Just do a search of this board, by typing in 'poutine' and that should give you plenty of suggestions.

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