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Aug 17, 2009 09:36 PM

Best poutine in Manitoba?

Hey everyone, new user here.

I lived in Quebec for a few months last year, all my life I thought poutine was a heart attack waiting to happen, but after months of telling friends "no" to poutine, I finally tried one.. and fell in love with it.

However, coming back to Manitoba, I just can't seem to find a good poutine, I've asked many many people, gotten so many different responses, but nothing ever turns out good. Five people think that A&W's poutine is the best thing in the universe.. when it's not, then another recommends me a run down diner poutine (usually those are the best places).. but nope.. they use shredded cheese!

Basically what I'm looking for is a GOOD/Great poutine in Manitoba, I live in Brandon but I go to Winnipeg once in a while. Does a good poutine exist? I shouldn't settle to second best, none of us should! I'm looking for a poutine that uses squeaky cheese curds first of all, preferably fresh cut fries but that's not important for me, and for gravy I'd prefer something that doesn't taste like soup (like A&W and Burger King's poutines). Any recommendations?

Right now.. I think New York Fries has the best in this province.. and it's not even a good poutine.


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  1. I think you're out of luck. Someone on the New Winnipeg Forums posted a list of possibilities in a discussion about poutine (if nothing else, you can use that thread to eliminate some places). I don't know if you have to register in order to view the posts.

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    1. re: prasantrin

      I'm actually very familiar with that thread, I've tried many of the places mentioned there, and nope, nothing that I can call "good poutine".

      I guess the best poutine in Manitoba would be buying a $500 plane ticket to Montreal and having poutine there! ;)

        1. re: prasantrin

          je fais ├ža!!! errrr I already do that, and that's the BEST poutine in all of Manitoba! Some local Manitoban grown potatos.. but not red potatos (too small, too sweet, too starchy), Bothwell Cheese curds and McCormick's poutine gravy.. but I'm not keen on it. I need to find a better gravy.

    2. As crazy as it may sound, try Costco.

      1. my french buddies actually like our local kfc ,go figure

        1. Well I finally found a poutine that's edible, and it came by surprise to me. It's from a chicken fast food restaurant at Brandon University, while the fries are your standard frozen shoestring fries, the gravy is much different than what every other restaurant in Manitoba uses, chicken based and not beef based, reminds me more of a Quebec style poutine, has cheese curds on it too, although not squeeky. This is the first poutine that can fill my appetite, although it's no Chez Ashton! Nothing in the west will EVER compare to Chez Ashton!

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          1. re: Silvorgold

            Chez Ashton? No...there are so many better places. La Banquise, Patatti Patatta; I even prefer Lafleur to Chez Ashton.

            To answer your question...I don't know of any acceptable poutine in Winnipeg and doubt there is any to be found beyond making your own.

          2. ...I like Dairy Queen's poutine. *shifty eyes*

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            1. re: AriaDream

              I never ever ever thought *they* would have poutine

              1. re: AriaDream

                Ex-Montrealer now living in Central AB - the closest to the real deal has so far been New York Fries*hangs head in shame* They use processed cheese curds but at least the fries and gravy are decent.

                1. re: maplesugar

                  That's very unfortunate! But I agree, it seems to be one of the best poutines on the prairies. Whenever I had a poutine craving for the longest time, that was my only real option, but I found a chicken place that has better poutine than everyone else here (but still not as good as in Quebec)