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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!

                    http://www.festivaldelapoutine.com/

                    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.