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Poutine in Montreal?

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

    1. Try the lobster poutine at Garde Manger!

      1. 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

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

        2. La Banquise is your one and only stop.

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          1. re: Campofiorin

            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

              "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.

              1. re: SnackHappy

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

                1. re: cherylmtl

                  «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

                    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!

                    1. re: kpzoo

                      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.

                      1. re: Campofiorin

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

                        1. re: jayt90

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

            2. 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.

              1. 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

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

                  1. re: kpzoo

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

                  2. re: djdragan

                    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...

                    1. re: pinkatronica

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

                  3. 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

                      "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

                        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.

                    2. 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_pizzeri...
                      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

                        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.

                        1. re: liquidrawhide

                          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

                          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. 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

                            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

                            1. re: FaStAeRo

                              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

                              Poutine Lafleur is great, and great value.

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

                              1. re: Ghostquatre

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

                              2. 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: kpzoo

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

                                    1. re: kpzoo

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

                                1. 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...

                                  1. 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

                                      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

                                        "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

                                          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

                                          +1 For Alfa!

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