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The Best Poutine in Toronto

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / March 2, 2015

best poutine torontoThe 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.

See also:

The Best Fries in Toronto
The Best Late Night Poutine in Toronto
The top 10 fusion poutine in Toronto

Nom Nom Nom Crepes

Nom Nom Nom Crepes

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 »

Poutini's

Poutini's

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 »

Smoke's Poutinerie

Smoke's Poutinerie

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 »

Poutineville

Poutineville

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 »

Leslieville Pumps

Leslieville Pumps

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 »

Holy Chuck

Holy Chuck

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 »

Lou Dawg's

Lou Dawg's

Southern-style meats are king at this barbecue joint's two Toronto locations - your basic poutine ($6.95 small, $10.95) can come smothered in pulled pork, brisket, pulled chicken (a nice touch), veggie chili, or even their "mmmmeaty" beans. More »

Come And Get It

Come And Get It

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 »

Great Burger Kitchen

Great Burger Kitchen

Burgers aside, GBK (located at Gerrard and Jones) makes a mean poutine. Go for the classic Montreal poutine ($5.75), or get wacky with the bacon-onion-cheddar "Ontario", pulled-pork and nacho-inspired versions, and even a "poutine du jour". More »

Discussion

29 Comments

Damien / March 2, 2015 at 02:35 pm
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I've found Fancy Frank's is pretty good too, mostly because of the gravy.
Ryguy / March 2, 2015 at 02:45 pm
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I normally dont write on BlogTO... but this list is way off of whats happening with poutine in Toronto. Off the top of my head I would say Beast, Beer Bistro and Canoe blow away this list.
Guest / March 2, 2015 at 03:10 pm
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Tropical Joe's has jerk chicken poutine although I've never tried it before (as I don't care for poutine). But poutine lovers should maybe try it if they like fusion stuff.
lola / March 2, 2015 at 03:41 pm
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Utopia has great poutine. Ask for extra curds and youre in grease heaven!
Joe / March 2, 2015 at 04:34 pm
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Smoke's is really filling and such, but their gravy taste like doo doo.
christopher / March 2, 2015 at 04:51 pm
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Poutini's has great toppings but lousy fries.
jackson / March 2, 2015 at 05:12 pm
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Any restaurant in Toronto that has the name Poutine in it, serves shitty poutine. Case in point, Poutinis. #2? What a joke.

Cityboy / March 2, 2015 at 05:16 pm
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Melt Grilled Cheese as awesome poutine use skiny fries
Ashley / March 2, 2015 at 05:26 pm
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BROCK sandwich needs to be on this list. Seriously mmm. I could drink the gravy.
Poo Teen / March 2, 2015 at 05:33 pm
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Mr. Tasty Fries, the blue truck at City Hall.
johnny poutine / March 2, 2015 at 07:43 pm
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the best poutine usually comes from a chip truck. nothing fancy
Ami / March 2, 2015 at 09:38 pm
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How is Big Smoke Burger not on this list? Their poutine with beef gravy (NOT chicken gravy) is delicious!
Donna / March 2, 2015 at 10:05 pm
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Remember when Fries Supreme canme from Taco Bell and we all thought that was too much? A small tiny card board rectangle place with some fries salsa and sour cream on them was TOO MUCH? There used to be alot of Tao Bells in Toronto now there are a handfull.
Paul / March 3, 2015 at 02:58 am
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I love Poutini's hands down. I know it's not a boutique chain; however, I'd also give shout outs to Costo's poutine.
Foodie / March 3, 2015 at 08:55 am
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I like Poutini's because they offer vegetarian options. Their vegetarian gravy tastes like the real thing!
meatballs / March 3, 2015 at 09:26 am
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Come And Get It is still there? Did they move?
MaggieMay / March 3, 2015 at 09:27 am
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Have you guys never tried Fresco's Fish and Chips poutine?? It's fantastic! And they offer a vegetarian gravy option.
bt1980 / March 3, 2015 at 11:31 am
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Never had poutine from Fresco's; but the fish and chips are amazing. Get the cod.

I'd like to toss in a vote for Corned Beef House poutine. You can get it with or without montreal smoked meat. The fries are baked and stay crisp under the gravy.
Aww / March 3, 2015 at 11:46 am
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Aww, BlogTO got butthurt and removed a ton of comments, yet again. Wonder why?
bobo replying to a comment from jackson / March 3, 2015 at 12:36 pm
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Clearly you have never been to Poutini's
Lanners replying to a comment from Joe / March 3, 2015 at 01:10 pm
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I was pretty disappointed when I tried Smokes. Everyone says it is absolutely amazing but I had a lot of dry fries in mine lol. I found poutini's to be amazing
Mayor McIBM Eats Babies / March 3, 2015 at 01:13 pm
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I love poutine. But I also like that Dell makes better computers and dislike the fact that eye bee em kills hobos and eats their souls.
Glob TO replying to a comment from Aww / March 3, 2015 at 01:31 pm
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They'd argue that it was because many comment were off-topic, but we all know it's because people are now seeing that most of their content is poutine-based and their trying to cover up the fact that the puppet masters behind Blog TO are the Pou-lumina-ti(ne)
ubertorontofreeride / March 3, 2015 at 01:40 pm
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Rose / March 3, 2015 at 04:06 pm
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Smokes Poutine can be very hit or miss, depending on which location you go to. I love Caplansky's smoked meat poutine. It's amazing!
Iain / March 4, 2015 at 10:53 am
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Two places also not mentioned: The Rebel House in Rosedale...Buffalo fries, homemade demi and smoked gouda along with curds= heaven...Also Breakwall in the Beach...Velvety demi,house smoked pulled pork and real curds= rapture.
jeffy replying to a comment from Ryguy / March 4, 2015 at 06:19 pm
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Thank you for the Toronto Life recommendations, but we are reading Blog TO.
ToFoodDude / March 16, 2015 at 02:08 pm
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One of the lists on blogto where i nearly agree on almost everything. Although I think Poutineville and Holy Chucks should be higher up on the list (for regular "non-fusion" poutine). This List however is missing Fancy Franks. A bit newer to the poutine game than some of the candidates above but their poutine is really good. So good in fact that I'd even rate it somewhere mid-table (4-6th place). Nom Nom Crepes should be bumped down a bit. I mean it was good, really good but overall I don't think it was the best. In my personal opinion (and poutine enthusiasts will be up in arms) I liked Poutineville the most. The create your own poutine they offer with crazy options such as Filet mignon is just a very unique (to Toronto) concept. Again poutine hipsters would be in arms if this "sit down half fancy" poutine joint would be number one.. but to this critic, it should be.
John D. / April 3, 2015 at 10:16 pm
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I consider myself a poutine expert and if you honestly think Smokes makes one of the best in the city you literally know nothing about good poutines. You need to judge it on the gravy, the oils in the fries, the texture (crunchy) and so forth. Just because smokes piles a ton of soggy fries into a carton doesn't mean they make a good poutine you greedy foodies. The best places in the city aren't in the spotlight unfortunately but remain hidden gems. Hint ...search out some mom and pop fish n' chip joints in the east end : )

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