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Oct 5, 2010 08:46 AM

Poutine Plus (and Nathan's Hot Dogs) - Queen and Bathurst

I tried searching on here but haven't seen any mention of this place yet:

I walked by it during Nuit Blanche. On the south side of Queen close to Bathurst (just west of it). Today, I see it is featured on "Dealfind" (one of the deal websites. $10 for $20 worth of food. and go to the Toronto area if you need to.

I didn't see any mention yet of people trying it on here. How is the poutine and other food?

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  1. Yea how is this place. They are advertising that they are serving Nathans products too

    1. I just got back from my scouting mission.
      I got a dog and a small poutine for $10.12.

      The dog was indeed a Nathan's. I'm thinking it was steamed; not my personal favorite preparation method for a dog, but it's still a Nathan's so it's still a win.

      Fries were fresh cut and crispy. Curds had a good taste, surprisingly good squeek to them, and a sufficient volume.
      The only failing was the gravy. The consistency was OK, but seriously lacked flavor. Clearly from a can. I feel strongly that a place with "Poutine" in their name needs to do better.

      They do topped poutines and some sandwichs, but I didn't try any of that.

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      1. re: graydyn

        $10 for a hot dog and a small poutine seems expensive to me. I could eat two meals at First Markham for that.

        1. re: graydyn

          Was the Nathan's skinless or in a casing? And I agree, grilled would be nice.

          1. re: graydyn

            Too bad to hear that the gravy wasn't flavourful. Seems like a lot of the poutine places around here have issues with their gravy. But, on the Poutine Plus website/menu they say it is home made with real beef:


            Also, there is a coupon on that menu page, plus, there is a $1 off $7 plus order on the main page (linked in my original post).

          2. A small poutine and a hot dog for over $10.. Wow..

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            1. re: duckdown

              i'm confused as they have an opening special of a free nathan's hot dog with any poutine purchase???? so it should have been $5 plus taxes for the small poutine and slider hot dog. the banner out front advertises it as does their website. The regular dog is $3.95 (more than street meat...)

              1. re: ingloriouseater

                thats way too expensive, Ill take street meat over that anyday...

                1. re: jmarcroyal

                  That kind of attitude is exactly why we don't have good hot dogs in Toronto.
                  Sure, the "street meat" is good and super-cheap, but there is ZERO originality on those carts. THEY ALL TASTE THE SAME! Over-grilled, you cover the dogs with toppings because you don't really want to taste them.
                  It's like saying, "Why would I ever go to Lee Garden when Ho Lee Chow is much cheaper?"

                  I recently had a Nathan's hot dog in the States and it was a revelation. The fewer the toppings the better, because the dog itself was so good! Crispy, snapping casing with a really great, meaty, juicy inside.

                  Sure, next to "street meat", a $10 meal sounds expensive, but really, if you ate a fast-food meal at any burger joint, mall food court or even McDonalds, you can expect to spend around $10.

                  Don't mean to sound angry or snobby, but I get fed up with this city's dismissive attitude towards any new Hot Dog joint because "street meat" is cheaper.

                  Ho Lee Chow
                  5415 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M9B1B5, CA

                  Lee Garden Restaurant
                  331 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T2E9, CA

                    1. re: abnormaldan

                      What you're saying is fine in theory but I tried one of these Nathan's and wasn't impressed at all. My hot dog was small, unremarkable tasting, and had a hard bit in it. Give me a Shopsy's any day.

                    2. re: jmarcroyal

                      Why even splurge for street meat? You can get a can of chicken Vienna Sausages at No Frills for 59 cents and eat it in the parking lot.

                    3. re: ingloriouseater

                      The slider dog that comes free is just a little thing (still tasty). I believe I got a small poutine with the roasted chicken add-on (a bad idea, especially with that gravy) for $7.++.

                    4. re: duckdown

                      I should mention that the portion sizes were pretty big. It was a full sized dog (as in not the slider)
                      , and their small poutine still has some heft to it. I didn't look into coupons/combos/deals.

                      1. re: graydyn

                        Purchased the coupon yesterday and am looking forward to going. Will report back soon. I'm going to Ottawa to eat some JP's crispy Chips poutine this weeekend. Duckdown, I'll eat a giant curd for ya.

                        1. re: food face

                          Haha! Good stuff man... I am jealous!!

                          God, I miss Montreal...

                          You should take a pic of that poutine to make us all envious :)


                    5. With the recent bumps of this post I realized that I never posted an update on this thread that I have been there and tried both the hot dog and "veggie" fries (french fries topped with various veggie topping.... friend ordered that, split an order). Also shared the dessert chips with maple syrup/Cinnamon .
                      I thought the hot dog was great... I had a Nathan's hot dog a few days before at the ACC so it was my second Nathan's experience. Definitely beats street meat, although, of course it is a bit pricey.

                      I didn't have the poutine, but the fries and the topping I did have were very tasty....

                      Place is pretty simple inside. Staff was nice, a few spots to sit by the window.

                      I will be back to try the poutine at some point soon!

                      Anyone else been?

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                      1. re: ylsf

                        I hate to say it but Poutine Plus has been temporarily closed for the last few days with a cryptic note on the door saying something about structural problems. I will go check it out and report back.

                        1. re: Spice City Toronto

                          I stopped by here last week on a treck to get some tickets at Rotate and saw the same note. While I didn't see any work going on at the time, there were several ladders set up and it looked like there was work happening in the ceiling.

                          Visited in December and really enjoyed it. Basic but solid poutine. Curds had a squeek, gravy was basic and fries were fresh and no frills. A poutine somes with a small Nathan's hot dog. It all cost around $6 and change witha drink. Pretty good value as it would have been hard to finish with a full sized hot dog and was able to get a Nathan's fix. Hope they're up and running again soon.

                          1. re: Spice City Toronto

                            There is a "For Rent" sign on the window now. Drove by this morning. Doesn't look good. Was a dumb business move from the get go- starting up a poutine joint when Smokes is accross the street. Another one bites the dust.

                            1. re: food face

                              Just passed by. The "For Rent" sign is actually for the 2-bedroom apartment above the store. The strange sign that Spice City posted is still on the door.

                              1. re: SweetSweetPotato

                                Ok, my bad (I suppose?). For a restaurant that has been closed now for almost 2 weeks with not exactly a history of raging success, the sign looks as if it's definately for the store when driving by. Not a good image from passing cars or even from eyeshot. I do hope they reopen. I want to use that coupon I purchased for Poutine Plus from a group coupon website! But thanks for the correction.

                                1. re: food face

                                  Yeah, it's hard to tell but in small letters on the For Rent sign it refers to the apartment.

                      2. I walked by last night, I noticed the sign on the door is closed, all the lights are off and it seems they have finally closed for good.

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                        1. re: bsv

                          Poutine Plus is officially closed.

                          There is a "For Lease" sign on the window of the what used to be Poutine Plus. DealFind will refund you if you purchased a voucher with them.