The Best Late Night Poutine in Toronto
The best late night poutine in Toronto showcases the iconic comfort food in its best light. After dark (and after a few drinks), the satisfying mess of salty carbs, gooey cheese curds and soupy gravy starts looking more attractive than ever.
While daytime poutine tends to get dressed up with duck confit or even lobster, post-midnight poutine is a little more true to its down and dirty self. The traditional versions on this list all do it right (curds, never shredded cheese), but if you want to stick it to tradition altogether, there are some pretty monstrous variations to choose from... Epic Meal Time worthy stuff. To each his own!
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Open until at least 3am on weekends, Poutini's offers six varieties ($5-10) that mostly keep true to the traditional base of fries, squeaky cheese curds (vegan version with daiya cheese excluded) and rich gravy. Simple variations offer thoughtful enhancements like bacon and maple syrup. More »
Smoke's Poutinerie will soon have over a dozen outposts across the GTA that keep hours until 3am or 4am on weekends. The chain offers 25+ novel spins on the traditional Quebecois snack food (think steak stroganoff or chicken fajita) and is known to overload cardboard takeout boxes to maximum capacity. Prices start at $6 and go up with the calorie count. More »
Lou Dawg’s two locations put a southern spin on this ultimate late-night comfort food. Here, the housemade chicken gravy is subtly smoky and the fresh cheese curds are applied generously. Available in two sizes ($6 and $11), there's also the choice to smothered it all with pulled pork, meaty beans or chili cheese. More »
Open until 2am on weekends, the kitchen at this Bloorcourt haunt does a poutine ($8-16) any way imaginable. Build your own perfect poutine with traditional or curry spiked gravy and add anything from the extensive list of burger toppings. Fried egg and potato chips? Yes please! Vegans can even indulge by subbing out the cheese for cornmeal fried tofu. More »
This 24-hour diner at Dundas and Ossington does poutine six different ways ($7-12) sometimes tossing sweet potato fries into the mix and offering a choice of house or mushroom gravy. Novel variations pile things like shaved sirloin and bell peppers over maple caramelized onions that just melt into the gravy. More »
Situated in Little Italy and reliably open until 2am or later (4am on Saturdays), Johnny Jackson isn't a dedicated poutinerie but rather a refuelling station for night owls and party people. This place has got late night transactions down keeping choices simple (with bacon or without) and everything priced at an even $10. More »
This 24-hour diner on Wellington at Bathurst takes few liberties, favouring a classic poutine ($6.25) layered with gooey cheese curds melted under rich beef and veal gravy. Order it as a Poutine Quebecois ($8.25) for the addition of shredded smoked meat. More »
Beerbistro only starts serving poutine ($5-9) nightly at 11pm, dishing out six different beer-infused varieties that all start with excellent Belgian style frites dipped in beef and duck fat for perfect twice-fried deliciousness. Among the most popular variations, the Crispy Chicken ($6) ranks high and comes loaded with curds, chicken gravy, beer-cured bacon and southern fried chicken skin. More »