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The Best Late Night Poutine in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / June 5, 2013

Late Night PoutineTorontoThe 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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See also:

The Best Poutine in Toronto
The Best Fries in Toronto
The Best 24 hour restaurants in Toronto

Poutini's

Poutini's

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

Smoke's Poutinerie

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

Lou Dawg’s

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 »

Disgraceland

Disgraceland

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 »

The Lakeview

The Lakeview

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 »

BQM Diner

BQM Diner

Though not open super late, the Ossington Avenue location of this burger shop keeps the fryers hot until midnight on weekends. Alongside their roster of burgers, there’s classic ($6) and fully loaded poutines ($8-9) with optional toppings like caramelized onions with bacon or chorizo. More »

Johnny Jackson

Johnny Jackson

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 »

Thompson Diner

Thompson Diner

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

Beerbistro

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 »

Discussion

36 Comments

I Guess / June 5, 2013 at 02:10 pm
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Its hard to say whos the best late night poutine...since its basically all the same 3 ingredients. Guess it depends on how drunk you are and who has the craziest topping combinations.
um / June 5, 2013 at 02:33 pm
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Smoke's is garbage. pay attention when you chew to little gritty pieces in your food, that is dirt. actual dirt. they are filthy, barely keep open their stores let alone their food truck (which was closed 3+ times a week at BMO Field). do yourself a favor and make your own, even if you're blind and no taste buds it will be better. poutini's is also great, looking forward to seeing them at Pride!
Stan Smith / June 5, 2013 at 03:23 pm
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Poutini's is the best in Toronto?
Give me a break... They are actually the worst...
That place only survives because of the hipsters who frequent the place and think they are cool by doing so.
Bobby / June 5, 2013 at 03:32 pm
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This article provides about as much substance as these poutines do. And you have to be shit pipped in order to enjoy them!
Bloory / June 5, 2013 at 03:32 pm
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There is usually one reason for eating LATE NIGHT poutine and that is in the effort to pre-empt a hangover (the effectiveness of which is questionable). I'd argue that any poutine tastes great at 2:45 in the morning after many pints... Be mindful of context.
Jo Fergus / June 5, 2013 at 04:21 pm
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Smokes is kinda scary from a "hygiene" POV
(too many nasty anecdotes)

IMO: The Lakeview is overhyped, based on little more than the fact that nobody updated the old fittings in a once "modern" diner, until they became cool again.

Poutini's offers a great place/people, but I find their gravy abit bland to be honest...Still my fave tho
(quality ingredients)

BTW: Unless you're already smashed at 3am, here's a way to enjoy poutine without any guilt

http://thumbshift.wordpress.com/2010/02/17/poutine/

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Greg / June 5, 2013 at 05:43 pm
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Lakeview does have ANY good food on their menu
Jmons / June 5, 2013 at 06:07 pm
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I will never understand how Lakeview ends up on these lists. Food is consistently subpar.
Joey replying to a comment from Jmons / June 5, 2013 at 07:36 pm
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"I will never understand how Lakeview ends up on these lists"

The people who eat there are drunk and/or desperate for food. That's how.

Also, Smoke's has terrible poutine. I'd rather eat the poutine from KFC or New York Fries.
CT / June 5, 2013 at 08:47 pm
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Surprised that the Prime Rib poutine from Bar Wellington isn't on the list.
meow / June 5, 2013 at 09:29 pm
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poutini's is the best!!!!!!!

ps can we MAAAYBE get through one blog t.o post without some middle aged man saying hipster??????
Jamie / June 5, 2013 at 10:13 pm
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I agree with these comments - Smokes is pretty gross. To be honest, it's hard to find really great, honest poutine in this city. Worse even, if you're from Quebec, you will never be satisfied with a poutine in this city. Sorry Toronto, you're just not ready for it.
Jess / June 5, 2013 at 11:12 pm
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Late night Poutine is great but can be a bad idea sometimes. That can ruin your Sunday morning. A big mash of potatoes, gravy and curds, mmmmm
sandra replying to a comment from Jamie / June 6, 2013 at 11:40 am
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Are people from Quebec ever happy with anything in this city? "Good honest poutine"? Please; that is a contradiction of terms. Poutine is junk food at its worst.
Brian / June 6, 2013 at 04:13 pm
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Not to be confused with Poutang.
Dirty Bob / June 7, 2013 at 03:14 pm
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I like Smokes.
Mr. Potato / June 9, 2013 at 12:02 am
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you dumb hipsters... overpaying for fries and gravy with some cheese whiz
Marissa / June 12, 2013 at 05:47 pm
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Nathan Phillip Square chip truck. You'll thank me later.
y'all forgot / July 3, 2013 at 04:24 pm
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Sneaky Dee's. Kitchen open til 4am. Huge plate for like $8. Pair it with their wings and you're in heaven.
booyah / July 5, 2013 at 09:24 am
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I'm looking forward to the next evolution of the cheese curd!
Masstadon / October 19, 2013 at 11:11 pm
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I used to get drunk downtown. I also used to make bad choices... amongst them (what) to eat at 2:30am while roaming the streets. I still get drunk, just not downtown. But now, for snack options I opt for things that aren't deep-fried and covered in "cheese" and "gravy".
mick / October 20, 2013 at 06:41 am
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I'm gonna find my bike and coast downhill to McDonald's at Coxwell and Queen and eat some breakfast when the bird next to me starts to stir.
TO Girl / October 20, 2013 at 08:41 am
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Theres a grilled cheese place at John & Richmond that has great poutine use skinny fries way better than smokes
sean / October 20, 2013 at 09:24 pm
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tocinoboys serves tocino poutine. or chicken nugget poutine. $5
sw replying to a comment from Masstadon / October 20, 2013 at 09:45 pm
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Thanks for the little bio there, we were all on the edge of our seats. The cliffhanger as to what you eat instead of poutine really got me.

Smokes is total garbage. The pulled pork looks like cat vomit, and if I ever tried cat vomit, I'm sure they taste the same too.
JJ / October 21, 2013 at 12:29 am
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Thompson Diner poutine is pretty brutal.
sandra / February 20, 2014 at 11:08 pm
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Smoke's is pretty overrated IMO. Good in terms of variety in their combinations and the number of locations, but otherwise, definitely not the best out there.
Poutini's on the other hand is great. Excellent texture to their fries, bouncy cheese curds. Their pulled pork poutine is droolworthy.
Gaffer / February 20, 2014 at 11:22 pm
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Do any of BlogTo's aggregated reviews of so many different restaurant cuisines ever venture across the Prince Edward Viaduct? I love this website but live in the Beaches...rarely do I see any mention of east end delights...
geoff / February 21, 2014 at 07:20 am
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Melt beside Gravity nightclub has the best poutine open late i get the porky pig. smokes is ok but dirty
britt / February 21, 2014 at 08:15 am
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mmmmm beer bistro!!!!
Jr. / February 21, 2014 at 12:03 pm
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W Burger makes one of the best Poutines I've ever had and they're not even a Poutine joint.
Twit / May 17, 2014 at 12:34 am
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I would recommend the roast duck poutine at Bannock.
christopher / July 13, 2014 at 01:39 am
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You need great French fries to begin and Poutini's fries are not great. I would not go to them for just fries. I don't know if they know this or care. Chippies on the other hand yes! Great fries but no poutine.
Gayle / July 13, 2014 at 07:01 am
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Unfortunately not open late but the best poutine is at Le Papillon on The Park (Eastern west of Coxwell) - true Frendh Candian Poutine made with veal reduction and great fries!!!
Gayle / July 13, 2014 at 07:03 am
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Not open latebut by far the best poutine - Le Papillon on the Park (Eastern Ave - west of Coxwell) - true French Canadian Poutine made with a veal reduction and great fries!! - they do have a few varieties!!
Pootzinnnn / July 13, 2014 at 07:25 am
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Quebec poutine is just served with gravy with a bit of tomato sauce in it sometimes, not a veal reduction or a jus. Now that this old story has been dug up from its grave we will be put through the whole "pootzinn" lecture again. It is funny when people try to be snobbish about something so trashy as poutine.

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