The Best Poutine in Toronto
The best poutine in Toronto takes three humble, basic ingredients - fries, cheese curds, and gravy - and transmutes them into sloppy, melty, drunk-food magic. The Quebecois staple has become a bona fide food trend here in the city, colliding with everything from chicken wings to Japanese food to pizza. Purists prefer to savour the flavours of hand-cut potatoes, squeaky curds and slow-simmered gravy unadorned; I say there's room for everyone.
Here is the best poutine in Toronto.
Toronto's best poutine shop doesn't just do poutine, but this tiny shipping-container creperie, run by a former Montrealer, does the dish up right. The "traditional" ($6), with red potato fries, homemade (!) cheese curds, and gravy imported direct from Quebec, might be the most authentic poutine in town - or get it topped with smoked meat, chicken and peas, or brie and caramelized onions. More »
They take their poutine seriously at this Queen St. spot, layering the toppings evenly in each bucket (no dry fries here). The basic poutine ($4.99 small, $6.99 large) comes with your choice of beef, veggie, or gluten-free gravy; there's also Daiya cheese versions for the vegans, and optional bacon and pulled pork for the totally-not-vegans. More »
If you want a poutine that eats like a meal, your first stop will likely be one of Toronto's many Smoke's locations. A snack-size classic is $4.99 while a larger box runs $6.99, but nobody really bothers with the basic poutine at Smoke's - not when there's peppercorn steak, triple-pork and smoked meat versions to be had. More »
This Quebec import graced Toronto with all-you-can-eat poutine last year, and the city rejoiced. Curiously for their province of origin, they're anything but purists - the potatoes are hand-crushed instead of julienned into fries, and their signature, the Poutineville ($12), takes things up a notch with braised beef and red wine gravy. They even do a filet mignon version ($18) if you're feeling fancy. More »
The brisket sandwiches at this Leslieville rest stop are famous; take things up another couple notches by getting that beef stacked onto a bed of hand-cut fries, Ontario curds and homemade gravy ($5.97 plain, $8.84 loaded). There's also brisked chili, pulled pork, or - for another Quebecois twist - baked beans. More »
This midtown burger spot revels in both the obscene and the sublime, dressing up dirty-delicious diner food with toppings that border on the preposterously indulgent. So too it is with their poutine, which is either available in classic form with real Quebec curds ($6.99) or topped with white truffles and foie gras ($29.99). More »
This Queen St. snack shop will make your choice of toppings, from coconut shrimp to taco pork and beef to chipotle pulled short ribs, into salads, wraps, sandwiches or - you guessed it - a poutine. Big sizes are available for lunch until 5pm; they then go down to snackable mini sizes until close. More »