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Vegetarian Poutine

squeaks May 30, 2006 09:39 AM

Hi! Is there anywhere in Montreal that sells tasty vegetarian poutine?


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    Dave RE: squeaks May 30, 2006 10:22 AM

    What do you mean by vegetarian? Do you mean it as vegan? Since poutine is made out of fries, gravy and cheese, I'd say we call it fries and gravy. I don't know of any place that serves poutine with soy based cheese.

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      bean RE: Dave May 30, 2006 10:46 AM

      By vegetarian, I mean lacto-vegetarian (I eat cheese). Basically, I am looking for poutine with a vegetarian "sauce." I heard Mondo Fritz offers something like this - are there any other spots in the city for veggie poutine? Is Mondo Fritz any good?

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        B. Markle RE: Dave Jun 20, 2006 11:37 PM

        As a vegetarian, I too want poutine gravy without meat juices or flavourings. I've asked a couple of poutine vendors in Ottawa about this. Kindly, they go to their huge cans of gravy powder which is what they use in chip vans to make gravy, probably due to the lack of space in these vehicles for making real gravy. They read to me the ingredients of the powder - they contained no meat-sourced ingredients so it would seem that poutine from a chip van is free of meat products. (Of course, the fat used to cook the fries also needs to be vegetable-based, not lard.)

        I don't know if this is also true of poutine served in restaurants.

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        delray RE: squeaks Jun 24, 2006 06:48 PM

        i think that the poutine at patati patata on st. laurent and rachel serves vegetarian poutine. Not too sure on the lard vs vegtable oil for the fries though. grab a little tofu sandwhich too while you're there...

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          Peter Cherches RE: delray Jun 27, 2006 05:40 PM

          I don't know about Quebec, but in many places tallow is as common as lard for deep frying potatoes.

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          Mr F RE: squeaks Jun 27, 2006 05:53 PM

          Recently noticed on the menu at Chez Claudette (351 Laurier E. 514-279-5173): vegetarian poutine. I'd be sure to ask whether it's truly veg, gravy and all, because there's a slight chance they just mean the toppings are all veg. To me, the gravy on the regular poutine definitely tasted like chicken gravy, so if it's an artificial flavour it's pretty impressive.

          As for the frying medium, there are surely places that use tallow, but AFAIK vegetable or peanut oil is most common around town.

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            purkypine RE: squeaks Sep 19, 2007 11:12 PM

            i registered an account just to reply to this post :D as i found it while searching for a veg. poutine in the city.
            ... so far, there's tomato sauce "vegetarian" poutine with non-soy cheese at Mamma's Restaurant Pizzeria 75 Des Pins Avenue Ouest, Montréal, QC H2W 1R4
            Phone: (514) 288-1128 i also had a delicious fair-trade green tea with the poutine.

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              Maximilien RE: purkypine Sep 20, 2007 04:06 AM

              (this is a joke)

              veggie poutine with green tea!!! Where has the world gone to!!

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              tfetch RE: squeaks Jul 2, 2009 11:00 AM

              La Belle Province has fries that are fried in canola oil, curds and vegetarian gravy (not made with a meat base of any kind). It was a search but we found it and really enjoyed. Bonne apetite!

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