Searching for a Great Poutine in Montreal

By Rob Lloyd,

Poutine is a Canadian dish that originated in the province of Quebec. It consists of a pile of french fries topped with squeeky cheese curds and special-made light gravy. This dish might not sound appealing to who have never tried it but it’s got a cult following for a reason. If you’re coming to Montreal or anywhere else in Quebec, it’s something you must try, if only for cultural reasons.


Photo courtesy of Smoke’s Poutinerie

There are countless places to get a poutine in Montreal with variations on the classic formula; lobster, chicken, bacon and steak have all topped the classic poutine. Revered as the ultimate late night snack for those out on the town, Poutine is a true and tested nightcap.

In this list we’ve included some classic dive spots as well as more refined establishment for foodies. Suffice to say this list of places that make great poutines could be infinite but we’ve narrowed it down to a couple favorite spots.

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Au Pied de Cochon

Au Pied De Cochon Montreal Poutine

Sink your teeth into a foie gras poutine. Photo by Christina Xu CCBY

Au Pied de Cochon, with its down-home Quebec cuisine, adds a little class to the classic poutine. It has an extensive menu with lots of options including their famous foie de gras poutine. This pricier option will set you back a few dollars because including the liver of a duck in any dish isn’t an inexpensive addition. That being said, it tastes even better than it sounds and is a great option for those foodies looking for an upscale twist on the classic.

La Banquise

La Banquise Poutine Montreal

Try the poutine of the month at La Banquise. Photo taken from their Facebook page.

La Banquise is a classic greasy spoon that is open 24/7 and serves up authentic and extremely delicious poutines for those more concerned with taste than calories or cholesterol. Their menu houses over 30 different varieties of poutine for those looking to deviate from the norm and try something new. For those looking to really get involved, get the heart medication out and order the the T-Rex Poutine. This decadent decision includes all the basic ingredients while topped with pepperoni, ground beef and bacon.

Restaurant Chez Claudette

Chez Claudette Montreal Poutine

One of Chez Claudette’s many takes on the poutine. Photo taken from their Facebook page.

Chez Claudette is a quaint neighborhood restaurant on Avenue Laurier East. It’s open late, making it a great final stop for those looking to fill their stomachs with something substantial before heading into a deep slumber. This greasy spoon doesn’t just offer the classic poutine but serves up an extensive list of variations for those looking to get a little creative. A few options include the Boco that comes with bacon and onion, the Smoked Meat which is self-explanatory and about a dozen others. It also serves a great selection of Quebec micro brews for those who aren’t quite ready to end the evening.

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Garde Manger

Chuck Hughes Montreal Poutine

A mouthwatering poutine combo. Photo taken from the Chuck Hughes Facebook page.

Garde Manger is owned and operated by chef Chuck Hughes (host of cooking show Chuck’s Day Off) who rose to international fame after defeating Iron Chef Bobby Flay with the dish pictured above. The restaurant is known worldwide for its lobster poutine, sold daily in untold quantities. The chef is so enamored with the dish that he even has a lobster tattooed on his arm! Their blackboard menus allow Chuck and his team to mix things up as they see fit but if you’re looking for the classic lobster, fear not– it’s always on the menu.

Have we managed to leave out your fave spot for poutine in Montreal? Let us know in the comments!