The Best Poutine in Toronto
The best poutine in Toronto has elevated the common Canadian dish from its early casse-croûtes origins in Quebec, adding all manner of combinations and far-out toppings. But, a truly fine poutine still begins with three simple ingredients. There's fresh cut fries using a (usually local) potato variety, homemade gravy (beef, chicken, gluten-free, vegan - it's debatable) and those toothsome squeaky cheese curds - sometimes straight from Quebec, sometimes closer to home.
Once a restaurant has these mastered they can go hog-wild on the upgrades (foie gras and truffles, anyone?) but nothing beats that diner classic.
Here is the best poutine in Toronto.
See also: The Best Fries in Toronto
A lot of magic can happen in a small space, like the shipping containers at 707 Dundas. Nom Nom Nom Crepes makes their own homemade cheese curds, hand cut red potato fries and gravy. Then you can get it topped with hot dogs, slow cooked pulled pork, chicken and green peas, Montreal smoked meat or brie cheese and caramelized onions. More »
You don't take on a name like Poutini's without having cause to back it up. Hand cut fries, that trad squeaky curd (or vegan cheese), beef, vegetarian or gluten-free gravy, or get additional toppings like bacon, pulled pork, or the works. More »
With several locations around Toronto, Smoke's Poutinerie aims to please. Their fries are hand cut and 'custom' seasoned, with real Quebecois cheese curd and their signature gravy, plus an impressive list of add-ons including sautéed mushrooms and caramelized onions, diced pickles, flat iron steak, smoked meat, Italian sausage and grilled chicken. More »
Lou Dawg's may have the hand-cut fries and cheese curd like everyone else, but they make and use their own smoked chicken gravy to dress their poutine, and it makes all the difference. They also offer their famous pulled pork, chicken or brisket, meaty beans or veggie chili to dump on top of it all. More »
At Gerrard and Jones, Great Burger Kitchen makes a mean poutine with hand cut, double cooked Yukon Gold fries, cheese curds and gravy, and then ups the ante with several combinations, like the Mexican Poutine, with tomato salsa, cheddar, guacamole and sour crème and the GBK Poutine with BBQ pulled pork and goat cheese. More »
Montreal's Poutineville has recently set up shop in Toronto, bringing the best of la belle Province's favourite dish with them. Their rather upscale versions (and seemingly endless choices) feature hand 'crushed' potatoes, fresh Quebec cheese curds, pepper gravy, filet mignon steak, vegetables, black olives, gyros and guacamole among many other items. More »
Don't be fooled by Fresco's in Kensington - it's not just a source for fish and chips. The poutine is classic and delicious, using Ontario Russet potatoes (or you can sub in sweet potato fries) with cheese curd and gravy, or try their meat chili poutine with their homemade chili and white cheddar cheese curds. More »
At BQM you can start with the basic Quebec style poutine, and then beef it up by adding any of their meats. With locations on Queen and on Ossington, BQM poutine is sure to please. More »
The Leslieville Pumps begin their poutine with Ontario cheese curds, their fresh cut fries and homemade gravy. Stop there, or go all out on one of their loaded poutines, which come topped with either pulled pork, beef brisket, beef brisket chili, or baked beans. Wowzers. More »
Another gourmet fish and chips joint that just happens to be simultaneously serving great poutine is Off the Hook. The half-dozen or so include pulled pork, duck confit and the house OTH, which includes brie, sweet potato fries and onion rings. All of them come topped with their gluten-free gravy. More »
At Holy Chuck's you have two choices - your basic French traditional with fresh cut fries, real Quebec Cheese curds and gravy, or, for sheer gluttony and decadence, there is a foie gras poutine with fresh white truffles. (Say what?) More »
I like the name of Melt Grilled Cheese's The Backstabber poutine - classic Quebec cheese curds, fries and gravy with crispy chicken, bacon bits, herbed tomatoes and mayo. Why it's called the Backstabber, I have no idea. If the name makes you uncomfortable, there is also the classic, a veggie version, spicy beef and the bacon and pulled pork-topped Porky Pig. More »