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The Best Poutine in Toronto

Posted by Luke Champion / February 4, 2011

best poutine TorontoThe best poutine in Toronto exhibits a deceptively simple trinity of ingredients. The combination of french fries, gravy and cheese curds might sound crass to the uninitiated, but to the discerning palate, it can be a sublime harmony of flavours.

It's dish that, when executed properly, is able to straddle the line between lowbrow bar food and exquisite culinary delight, and as such, can be found in virtually any type of atmosphere across the country and enjoyed by all types of people. Perhaps it is for this reason that it's become our de facto national dish, one celebrated not just in the francophone townships where it was born, but the country at large. And although the poutine served in La Belle Provence may remain the example to which all others are compared, true poutine excellence has been achieved here in Hog Town as well.

Here is the best poutine in Toronto.

See also:

The Best Fries in Toronto

Note: This list was previously published on April 11, 2008. Most of the restaurants on the original list do not appear here. They include the following: the Blue Chip Truck at City Hall, Utopia Cafe, Dangerous Dan's, Cafe du Lac, Harbord House, Auld Spot Pub, and the Victory Cafe . Comments below made up until January 21st, 2011 are in reference to the old list. We've purposely kept the archived comments here because we believe they (mostly) add value to this topic. If you don't want to have to wade through all of them, simply hit the "sort by newest first" link at the top of the thread.

Poutini's

Poutini's

For those in search of serious squeak in their cheese curds, look no further. Every aspect of this poutine has been meticulously sourced and made in house, daily. From the hand cut, twice fried potatoes, to the thick, satisfying gravy, their cheese curds are always fresh and all their packaging is biodegradable. Plus, vegan poutine! More »

Smoke's Poutinerie

Smoke's Poutinerie

Smoke’s Poutinerie boasts the most extensive poutine menu in Toronto, with items like Curry Chicken Poutine and Nacho Grande Poutine, there’s surely something for everyone. But don’t let that deter you from sticking to the classics because even with all the choice in Smoke’s arsenal, the traditional poutine still satisfies. More »

Caplansky's

Caplansky's

Caplansky’s poutine works for two reasons; first, they might just happen to have the best fries in the city—crispy, salty and fried golden. Secondly, they make their “gravy” using the very thing they’re known best for—smoked meat. The result is a poutine that is as delicious as it is unique, but bring a friend, it’s huge. More »

Great Burger Kitchen

Great Burger Kitchen

Don’t be fooled by the name, GBK might make some mighty fine burgers, but that doesn’t mean they’ve put any less thought into their poutine. The plentiful pile of french fries aims to please with generous amounts gravy coating everything in a meaty glaze and the tang of cheese curds tying it all together. More »

BQM Diner

BQM Diner

At BQM they don’t need to take any liberties to make a great poutine. They keep it simple and they get it right. Just perfectly cooked fries below a layer of rich, complex, beef gravy and a sprinkling of springy cheese curds. It’s deceptively simple, but perfectly executed. More »

Gilead Cafe

Gilead Cafe

The thing about a Jamie Kennedy poutine is that you never really know exactly what it will be like before you get there—it changes daily. The one thing we can be sure of, is that whether he’s decided to use veal gravy, or a Bolognese sauce, it will always score high marks for both flavour and creativity. More »

Craft Burger

Craft Burger

In addition to having the best burger in the city, Craft Burger happens to also sport one of the best poutines, and they do it without any surprises. By starting with mid-sized French fries and then adding a dark medium bodied gravy and chewy cheese curds, Craft exhibits the same poise in their side dishes and they do their mains. More »

Discussion

145 Comments

apetimberlake / November 7, 2008 at 02:49 pm
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POUTINE = CURD CHEESE, FRIES AND GRAVY

POINT FINALE!
Munchy / November 7, 2008 at 03:02 pm
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JK's poutine looks as if someone took a dump on those fries. Gross.
Andres / November 7, 2008 at 03:08 pm
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A decadent way to enjoy fresh cheese curds is in Quebec's (in)famous poutine. One of the best poutines in the country can be found in Toronto's JK Wine Bar where celebrity chef Jamie Kennedy serves up his take on this classic delight from La Belle Province.

Learn everything you always wanted to know about curds and Canada's best fresh cheeses is this month All You Need is Cheese Podcast show:

Here: http://www.allyouneedischeese.ca/podcast
Francis / November 7, 2008 at 03:19 pm
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Poutine is best eaten after a good night out and helps (I swear) prevent hangovers... I guess alcohol must be sucked in by all the fat it is made of!
The restaurant La Queue de Cochon in Montreal offers a poutine and foie gras mix. Very yummi!
D / November 7, 2008 at 03:20 pm
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Go here too: http://curdsade.wordpress.com/

Good write-ups on poutine in Toronto.
Kelly / November 7, 2008 at 03:29 pm
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Aww....this should have waited until that poutine place above Burrito Boys was opened........I have high hopes!!!!
warmflash / November 7, 2008 at 03:34 pm
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It all looks really disgusting.
Andres / November 7, 2008 at 03:39 pm
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Indeed but it tastes great!!!
Corina / November 7, 2008 at 03:41 pm
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I have my doubts about Smoke's only because it's in the entertainment/tourist district and seems to have a lot of kitschy dishes, like curry poutine. However, I heard they are making every effort to remain authentic, even in so far as ordering fresh curds from Quebec.
matts / November 7, 2008 at 04:06 pm
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Hey, Corina - why not wait and taste what Smoke's will offer before passing judgement? You have doubts because of location? Come on...
chenyip / November 7, 2008 at 04:07 pm
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This reads A LOT like Curdsade.

Now I ain't saying anything.

Other than this reads A LOT like Curdsade.

http://curdsade.wordpress.com/
Andres / November 7, 2008 at 04:13 pm
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The man is on a personal cursade chenyip, get it!
Ben / November 7, 2008 at 04:16 pm
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Future's Bakery has vegetarian poutine. It uses mushroom gravy.

It's not great compared to what I used to have in Ottawa when I ate meat, but I thought some might be interested.
nick d / November 7, 2008 at 04:16 pm
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No disrespect, but "Poutine" and "Toronto" can't be used in the same sentence.

I don't think Poutine [in its true form] can even exist outside the borders of Quebec...

Check out Restaurant Lafleur next time you're in or around montreal for one of the greatest incarnations ever.

(failing that, La Belle Province makes a pretty mean one too.)

deux hot-dogs steam? all-dress
Corina / November 7, 2008 at 04:23 pm
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@curdsade - never head of you before today but cool blog... why such hate? our readers voted in their favourite poutine, i hardly think this qualifies as biting. i believe torontolife just posted their top 5 poutine picks too... everyone's violating your exclusivity rights! :)

@nick d - I tend to agree, if only in principle. I know my mom would too. But I gotta say, Craft Burger was my favourite and it tasted just like how I remember Montreal's most tasty poutines :)
Andres / November 7, 2008 at 04:30 pm
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Nick perhaps poutine will achieve once and for all only what cult Canadian movie "God Cop, Bad Cop" and political philosopher "Don Cherry" has successfully done so far: bridge the gap between the two solitudes...

In curds, fries and gravy we trust.
Ben Shelston / November 7, 2008 at 06:42 pm
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I really enjoy the poutine at Bier Market.
Tanja / November 7, 2008 at 06:43 pm
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nick - having had LaFleur a couple days ago (long awaited, too), i've got to say that it has long been going downhill. with gravy not hot enough to melt the curds -- a travesty.
onehungryguy / November 7, 2008 at 07:14 pm
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i just ate dinner and i just read this and now i'm hungry!
chenyip / November 7, 2008 at 07:46 pm
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Corina, I only wish that Curdsade was my blog. My gullet giggles with glee at the thought of tasting a poutine per day.

No hate. Hate would imply that I care about this post. But sadly I don't. I just would like to point out the 'commonalities' that just seem to be a bit wee too coincidental.
Laura / November 7, 2008 at 07:49 pm
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lol @ "man poutine". that's what i'm talking about!!

also, curdsade actually thinks they own the rights to reviewing poutine in canada? give me a break. they weren't the first and they won't be the last.
Laura / November 7, 2008 at 08:03 pm
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also i would like to plug mel's diner. their poutine has MONTREAL SMOKED MEAT on it and it's amazing and HUGE.
MrMiGu / November 7, 2008 at 09:55 pm
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I just had some poutine at bier markt tonite and it was pretty good. They cover it in shaved short ribs and blue cheese. The strong flavour of the blue cheese made it very interesting
Sanchex / November 7, 2008 at 10:58 pm
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I really hope that the list is in no particular order because if DD's poutine is 4th than everything afterward must be mediocre at best.
Jax / November 7, 2008 at 11:18 pm
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I love poutine, and I love it even more when it's pronounced correctly. Pou-TIN. Not pou-TEEN. Rhymes with Jacqueline (not jack-LEEN. Jack-LIN).

Bon app?tit!
Ryan L. / November 8, 2008 at 08:58 am
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I call it pou-teen because pou-tin is dangerously close to another French word for someone who hasn't mastered proper French pronounciation
Heather / November 8, 2008 at 10:04 am
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Where is Mels? This is a travesty.
Corina / November 8, 2008 at 10:33 am
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FYI, these were voted in by our readers are are generally in that order - except for the non-poutine entries from Prohibition and Beaconsfield which were removed for violating the sanctity of poutine.

I'm also surprised Mel's isn't on this list - EVERYONE I spoke to about this article seemed to have Mel's on the tip of their tongue.

When Smoke's and the new Burger Shoppe open, I think I'll have to do a follow up article and include Mel's :)
Glen / November 8, 2008 at 01:01 pm
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WOw, I wish I could travel around and try out poutine! Very cool blog!
curdsade / November 8, 2008 at 02:08 pm
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Chenyip & D: Thanks for the links to curdsade. Much appreciated.

Laura: First and foremost, I would just like to point out that it was never said by "Curdsade" that I had *exclusive* rights to reviewing poutine in Canada, Toronto or anywhere. Don't put words in my mouth. Please and thanks.

Corina: You being so defensive denotes that you can't detect sarcasm. Chill out. I even linked your post in my blog. So instead of being all uppity, take a valium. I have some if you want. Just sayin. ALSO! I don't have high-hopes for Smoke's either.
Corina / November 8, 2008 at 02:14 pm
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aww curdy, i was being sarcastic too. why the hate? :)
and where's my sarcasm emoticon...

As a fellow poutine lover, I'll look forward to your Smoke's review!
Rick007 / November 8, 2008 at 03:58 pm
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I recently moved from Montreal and I'll have to try a few of these poutines. A bunch of friends did a similar run in Montreal and the best poutine can be found at "La Banquise" on Rachel street. Make sure you check it out if you go to Montreal.
Mark / November 8, 2008 at 06:35 pm
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The only reason I'm looking forward to Smoke's opening is because they'll offer a vegetarian poutine and it'll be really close to my office.

I've had Clinton's veggie poutine. It's ok, but nothing to write home about. Anyone know of any other places in the city to grab some poutine with veg and/or mushroom gravy?
ob1 / November 9, 2008 at 08:41 am
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Fries are my weakness and poutine is doubly decadent. In search of the ultimate poutine appears to be a weighty issue , if you know what I mean. Tant pis!
Laura / November 10, 2008 at 03:07 am
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Sarcasm is obviously difficult to detect on the internet. :)
Raf / November 11, 2008 at 04:00 pm
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Best one is from DANGEROUS DAN DINER, period.
Veger / November 13, 2008 at 07:38 am
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Please pleaasee pleeeaasse do this same piece but with the top vegetarian poutines!
Corina / November 16, 2008 at 11:42 am
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Veger... a lot of places were unable to tell me whether the gravy was completely veg or not, hence the lack of info in this post. I'll see what I can do :)

Also, I had Bier Markt's poutine yesterday... very very tasty but the blue and (i think) ricotta cheese was weirdo, Delicious shaved beef on top but small enough for an appetizer.
Andrew / November 19, 2008 at 02:04 pm
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the best poutine in town (also the most expensive im sure) is the lobster poutine at Bymark. I have never had anything that good!!
Andres / November 19, 2008 at 02:08 pm
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Poutine rocks we should make this meal national food from one ocean to another!
Roger / November 20, 2008 at 02:25 am
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As if poutine needs to become haute cuisine now, Toronto Life has jumped on the bandwagon of Poutine in the City and gives us their <a href="http://www.torontolife.com/features/total-eclipse-heart/"; target="_blank">Total Eclipse of the Heart</a>.

Would any of you shell out 26 bucks for this stuff?
Andrew / November 20, 2008 at 02:46 pm
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I would like to point out that poutine does not originate from Quebec, but is actually of New Brunswick origin. Just because it has a French name doesn't mean it's automatically from Quebec--remember, N.B. has the Acadians! (Who, confusingly, have two totally different dishes called poutine.)
Andres / November 20, 2008 at 04:19 pm
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Hold on Roger, according to my sources, what you created in NB is the obscure prototype of what Quebecers perfected in the 1950s: the (in)famous and evolved melange of fries, curds and gravy sauce better known among nutritionists & scholars as neo-poutine!
Jax / November 20, 2008 at 07:07 pm
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I'll chime in as an Acadian to explain that poutine r?p?e shouldn't be confused with the french fries and cheese poutine. The only commonality is the potato. C'est tout. I'd also like to say that I'd take the poutine r?p?e made by my m?m?re over fries any day--vive l'Acadie!
Ryan L. / November 21, 2008 at 12:25 pm
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If anyone is in Guelph, Pierre's Poutine&#8206; is very good. It's run by a guy from Montreal and I believe they've also included Montreal smoked meats into the menu as well.
oreol / December 14, 2008 at 01:17 am
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Poutines are the worst food that you can allow into your mouth!!!
IT IS NOT HEALTHY FOR YOU AT ALL!!!!!
bad food only causes bad health!
bad food gotta be regarded as smoking, it should be prevented!!
let's make healthier food choices that taste yummy!
sam / December 16, 2008 at 10:43 pm
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@ nick d: I will disagree with the statement that poutine (in its true form) can't exist outside of Quebec. Some of the small towns in NorthEastern Ontario (close to the Quebec border) are quite authentic!
Not4u2know replying to a comment from Munchy / December 18, 2008 at 11:47 am
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HAHAHA. I think it looks worse than that, looks like someone ate it and threw it up.
David / January 2, 2009 at 08:47 pm
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I lived in Quebec from 1955 to 1980 and never heard of or came across poutine until I moved to Toronto. French Fries in Quebec came with or without gravy; cheese curds were never an option.
Le Marie / January 6, 2009 at 09:10 am
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Dunn's on King St. is missing!!!!!! Originating from Montreal, the 24hr (only in MTL) hotspot serves the BEST poutine imo. It's unfortunate the Peppercorn gravy one is not available here :(
Le Marie replying to a comment from David / January 6, 2009 at 09:11 am
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i guess it was a big hit in the 80's... like other things.
Khadija / July 9, 2009 at 12:11 pm
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Hey Corina,
I would like to talk to you about your poutine article. Is it possible that you contact me at 416-465-2107? it's for L'Express, the French weekly newspaper in Toronto. (www.lexpress.to). Thank you so much...Khadija
Corina replying to a comment from Khadija / July 9, 2009 at 12:46 pm
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Sure thing, Khadija - call ya tomorrow!

A lendemain :)
Brianna / August 12, 2009 at 05:42 pm
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You're going to have to update your list, because we have a new contender: Poutini's House of Poutine, 1112 Queen Street West. They don't have an extensive menu, however their straight up traditional poutine with regular OR vegetarian gravy (I had the latter) is the best I've had in a VERY long time. Puts Utopia's to shame, and I used to love Utopia's poutine.
CC / September 3, 2009 at 03:27 pm
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Hero Burgers has best poutine. Smoke's poutinerie no good.
Magda O! / October 8, 2009 at 10:56 pm
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Poutini's is what makes me life worth living in Toronto. No frills, just fucking great taste. I'm so glad I don't work by it anymore or I'd probably die.
Poutine Queen / January 19, 2010 at 11:33 am
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I can't agree with your assessment of the poutine at Gilead - I gave it a less than stellar review last month: http://poutinetoronto.blogspot.com/2009/12/tale-of-two-jamies.html
PoutineLover / March 18, 2010 at 10:58 am
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Honestly, when I saw the assesement of what consists of a good poutine I stopped reading further. A poutine gravy should be of a very mild taste, not spicy but slightly sweet (yes sweet) so as not to over power the subtle taste of cheese curds. I have yet to encounter one place in Toronto where they can get the taste of the gravy right. The closest thing to it here, I'm sorry to say, is Burger King gravy.

But you go to any poutine truck in Québec, or popular chain spots like "LaFleur" ou "La Belle Province" and you'll see what I'm talking about.
Sleeveman / March 19, 2010 at 03:00 pm
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POUTINE REVIEW UPDATED!!!! March 18th, 2010
The Poutine at Gilead Cafe isn't cheap and is far from meal sized...I know, I tried to make a meal of it! And Corina neglected to mention that the Braised Beef Poutine is not a menu staple, rather merely a daily special, so don't show up expecting it to be there! I had the Poutine 'Bolognese'. It was small, not particularly tasty, and again, not cheap. What is all the hype about? I also had the daily sandwich. Fine, certainly not great. Why would anyone eat here? Because you work around the corner and you were too lazy to pack a lunch, that's why!
Bottom line: I wouldn't go out of my way to dine here (which is what I did the first time, Rrgghh!) But if you need to eat lunch and you're not on the tightest of budgets, it'll do the job.
seo lace / May 2, 2010 at 05:42 am
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I am hvainng a hell of a tiimeseenig your sitre in Firefoox 1.2, I ujst htought I might let yolu know?
Maddy / June 13, 2010 at 09:22 pm
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Poutine can definitely be just as good, if not better than in Quebec in Ontario. The problem is you have to go north of Toronto to enjoy this, where all the french people live. On Hwy 11 past Orillia there is Webers where they have aweeeesome chip stand poutine. There are a few chip stands between orillia and North Bay but past that is the best poutine EVER. Especially where I am from in Kapuskasing, the poutine at our local restaurant Greco's is to die for!!!
MineUnfosse / October 14, 2010 at 11:33 am
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Cynthia / October 14, 2010 at 11:47 am
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Le Papillon (on the Park @ Eastern&Coxwell) has fantastic poutine w/caramelized onions and mushrooms. Share them with someone and have their excellent French Onion Soup - textbook perfect and not only a tad better but also a tad less expensive than at Le Select Bistro = $10!
The Switch / November 18, 2010 at 05:46 pm
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Glad not to see Poutini's on here - WORST POUTINE EVER
Buy Backlinks / December 3, 2010 at 04:04 am
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hey
I have had no idea what the heck the Poutine was...until now.
How does it taste?
It looks a bit like fast food?
I see guys and girls that you are seriously fascinated by it..:)
enjoy your meal:)
Buy Backlinks / December 3, 2010 at 04:06 am
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hey
I have had no idea what the heck the Poutine was...until now.
How does it taste?
It looks a bit like fast food?
I see guys and girls that you are seriously fascinated by it..:)
enjoy your meal:)
tom venuto / December 31, 2010 at 11:16 am
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The poutine you grew up with (your mother's potine) will always be your favorite - other variations will only come close...but Toronto does do some great Poutine
MCLOVIN / January 13, 2011 at 07:48 pm
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NEW YORK FRIES WHICH CAN BE FOUND IN ALMOST EVERY SHOPPING MALL IN CANADA AND THEIR POUTINE IS ON FIRRREEEEE. BELIEVE ME I WOULDN'T HAVE TAKEN THE TIME TO RIGHT THIS TRY IT ! ITS AWESOMMEEEEE AND THEY HAVE GOOD FRIES AND CHEESE CURDS BUT ITS REALLY THE GRAVY THATS SOOOO GOOD. BETTER THAN ANY FASTFOOD PLACE LIKE HARVEYS OR BURGER KING.

IN CONCLUSION GO TO NEW YORK FRIES FOR A A REALLY GOOD POUTINE!!!!!!!!!
mike geary / January 19, 2011 at 07:18 am
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My grandmothers poutine was the absolute best. I never got the recipe. Shame.
duke peterson / January 21, 2011 at 05:00 pm
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Just wondering if it is healthy.
The fat and cholesterol must be high.
I suppose eating once in a while
should be ok combined with healthy
salad and fruit.
What do you think ?
Kay replying to a comment from The Switch / February 4, 2011 at 01:01 pm
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"The Switch / November 18, 2010 at 5:46 PM

Glad not to see Poutini's on here - WORST POUTINE EVER"

Haha, love that it's #1 on the list now.
Michael / February 4, 2011 at 01:04 pm
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I love Poutine, being French, however, I haven't liked cheese curds since I was a kid. I prefer putting other types of cheese on Poutine, do any of these places offer other cheeses?
VivyRuest / February 4, 2011 at 01:09 pm
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what what ? no love for the poutine of Victory café? ....oh well, more for me ;)))
Poop / February 4, 2011 at 01:17 pm
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Poutine is gross.
Slick Rick / February 4, 2011 at 01:26 pm
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Two "best of" lists we need:

1. best massage parlour
2. best street corner to score _____
Phil / February 4, 2011 at 01:37 pm
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"I like Poutine, being French"

...lol.
Sar / February 4, 2011 at 01:46 pm
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REBEL HOUSE has the best poutine in the city by farrrrr. They use kettle french fries, it is incredible!!
Eve replying to a comment from Francis / February 4, 2011 at 01:57 pm
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It's actually au Pied de Cochon :)
APOW / February 4, 2011 at 01:59 pm
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SOMETIMES I PUT GUMMY BEARS IN MY POUTINE CUZ MY FRIEND JERRY ROCKSPAN TOLD ME TO DO IT SO I DID AND IT CHANGED MY LIFE. THERE WAS THIS ONE TIME JERRY ROCKSPAN TOLD ME TO SIT ON A PLUNGER HANDLE WHILE HE YELLED SUGAR RAY LYRICS AT ME AND POURED A WARM CAN OF PEPSI OVER HIS HEAD. GOTTA LOVE KFC BATHROOMS!
JLankford / February 4, 2011 at 02:05 pm
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I've only been to Poutini's House of Poutine once, but that's because it was a very underwhelming experience. The curds did not seem fresh, and the portion for the cost seemed out of scope. Maybe I'll give them a try again someday, but it's hardly worth the streetcar wait.
Lobster Tail / February 4, 2011 at 02:16 pm
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one night i was driving home, completely smashed, listenin' to peaches.

had a poutine in one hand, a tall can on the dash, and half-foot salami in the other hand.

crashed right into a telephone pole.

the cheesecurds and nitrates saved my life.
J Bone / February 4, 2011 at 02:28 pm
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No way in hell Poutini's is tops! The BlogTO West Queen West/Parkdale bias is visible again -- much as in the case of Chippy's being named best fish & chips in TO? Hells no.

I live in Parkdale and I'd take the streetcar another 10 minutes further to go to Smokes at Queen and Bathurst. Poutini's is good and strategically located by my place, but quite expensive for portion size & unimaginative.

It's poutine, let's keep it fresh and fun. Enough with the stodgy traditionalists. Best of luck to all poutine people nonetheless.
Conehead from France / February 4, 2011 at 02:34 pm
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Jax - I was all like "ooooh, he/she is ACADIAN....THAT'S why they don't know how to say Poutine.

Lets face it. The rest of the French-world has to subtitle shows from French-speaking Canada because the words and accents are downright wonky. The rest of the French-speaking world says Poutine as "Poo-teen", and Jaqueline as "Jack-el-een"

So basically we should only say "poo-tin" and "Jack-lin" if we want to sound like we speak wonky French.
W_W / February 4, 2011 at 02:44 pm
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I like putting my thing in the hot gravy.
Indianguy / February 4, 2011 at 03:05 pm
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Yes? Hi! The one time we were looking for the new recipe for the New Inda Pub and we told Vashi to do the googling of the poutine.

Now he is the scared to do the googling if he doesnt have the right spelling.
elle / February 4, 2011 at 03:15 pm
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is it bad that it really bothers me when someone just HAS to say "none of these are actual poutines, a real poutine is like this & this". I'm sorry, did you INVENT the poutine yourself? are you the ruler of poutines? You have the say as far as anything goes when it comes to the dish? "this gravy has too much flavour.. NOT A POUTINE!!" or "vegan cheese? NOT A POUTINE!"

if every poutine was the exact same, there would be no way to guage what is good & what's bad. they'd all be the same. Is a hamburger with different toppings or ingredients in fact NOT a hamburger? It's beef and it's a patty. It's a hamburger.

so what the hell is the difference if restaurants experiment with different toppings, cheeses and gravies? these are variations of poutine. FRIES, CHEESE, GRAVY.
Matt / February 4, 2011 at 04:01 pm
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I'm glad to see Dangerous Dans didn't make the revised list. I went there to try it based on the old BlogTO list, and it was hands down the worst poutine I've ever had. The gravy tasted like sweetened no name olive oil.
Wokka wokka replying to a comment from Indianguy / February 4, 2011 at 04:26 pm
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OMG INDIANGUY!!!! I have not seen you since Vashi worked at the Futureshop on Live Journal.
Tyler / February 4, 2011 at 05:52 pm
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The updated list is an insult to poutine lover's everywhere.

The Blue Truck @ City Hall is at least 100x better than the shit they serve at Poutini's and even the Blue Truck doesn't compare to Smoke's.

Someone got their shit serious wrong with this list.
GABE / February 4, 2011 at 11:16 pm
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EVERYONE KNOWS STAMPEDE BAR AND GRILL IS NUMBER #1.
Mister_E / February 5, 2011 at 02:34 am
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This past summer I had six of the poutines mentioned in the other article...Utopia Cafe, Smoke's, Poutini's, BQM, Dangerous Dan's and the Blue Truck. I liked BQM the best (by far), followed by the Blue Truck, Smoke's, Poutini's and Utopia. Dangerous Dan's was by far the worst. I wouldn't ever recommend their poutine.

chi-cha / February 5, 2011 at 09:31 am
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Word to caplansky's - I think you need to work on the presentation. It looks like cat's vomit.
Mae replying to a comment from chi-cha / February 6, 2011 at 06:20 am
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Yeah I agree to you. Presentation of the food should be next to be evaluated after the taste.
sam / February 6, 2011 at 09:51 am
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If poutini's is the best poutine in this city then we have a serious problem.

The problem with designer poutine's is that they forget what thy should be focusing on, dirty delicious flavour.

I want to see a real poutine place set up shop. Bring on the flavour.
Sloda / February 6, 2011 at 01:27 pm
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Fresco's fish and chips in kensington in my opnion is the BEST poutine in the city. Lots of tasty options including vegan and veg friendly.
Lorenzo / February 6, 2011 at 01:57 pm
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Dairy freeze on caledonia and st.Clair
sSaNeYE / February 7, 2011 at 02:53 am
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megan replying to a comment from Matt / February 7, 2011 at 09:24 am
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@ Matt Re: Dangerous Dan's - totally agree! I also went there based on the original blogTO list and it was among the worst poutine I've ever had. Like, I would have preferred Burger King poutine.
JR / February 9, 2011 at 02:45 pm
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Coquine on Yonge south of Eglinton has my favourite poutine, but it is expensive....... I think it has foie gras and shredded duck in it. I like the occasional treat, so don't mind ponying up for better quality. If you eat poutine on a daily basis and aren't still in school, you will probably die young - mind you with a smile on your face!
Ben / February 9, 2011 at 03:07 pm
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The best poutine in Toronto is in Montréal.
Joe Tackspaier replying to a comment from Ben / February 11, 2011 at 09:26 am
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Why in every best of blogs theirs always a greeseball that always has to say that somethings always better in a different city? GTFO! It's Blog T.O. Not Montreal,Vancouver,New York etc.
Beth / February 18, 2011 at 01:03 am
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There is no way Smoke's beats Great Burger Kitchen. Smoke's fries taste so processed now, you can't enjoy the toppings for the fries. GBK rules at both. Hands down.
Linda / February 28, 2011 at 11:39 am
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Why the hate on for Smokes?? It's delicious, classic or otherwise. I actually just had one yesterday, and it was FANTASTIC - squeaky curds and all.

Also, for the "purists", I was in Quebec City just a few weeks ago, and I'd say this poutine compares.
MelS / March 2, 2011 at 02:08 pm
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It hasnt been said, but by far the best bang for your buck poutine would have to be at Paddington's in St. Lawrence Market. Can't go wrong with 5$ for nearly 1lb 1/2 of poutine. :) Try it out while you're at the market!
jacob hiller replying to a comment from apetimberlake / March 29, 2011 at 02:59 am
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I have tasted poutine but did not realise such a diversity in the dish.
Next time I visit, I will go to one of these places to try more poutine
Andrew / March 31, 2011 at 12:08 pm
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I keep hearing Frescoe's Fish and Chips has the best poutine, it's on my do to list.
Poutini's House of Poutine is still my fav at the moment.
Randy Palmer / April 1, 2011 at 12:04 am
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Frescoe's Fish and Chips was the #1 place I visted in my trip to Toronto.
onefone / April 29, 2011 at 07:27 pm
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This past summer I had six of the poutines mentioned in the other article...Utopia Cafe, Smoke's, Poutini's, BQM, Dangerous Dan's and the Blue Truck. I liked BQM the best (by far), followed by the Blue Truck, Smoke's, Poutini's and Utopia. Dangerous Dan's was by far the worst. I wouldn't ever recommend their poutine
brugte trusser / April 30, 2011 at 06:21 pm
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Poutine can definitely be just as good, if not better than in Quebec in Ontario. The problem is you have to go north of Toronto to enjoy this, where all the french people live.
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mike / September 9, 2011 at 01:37 pm
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Ugh... Just got back from Bamburger. Are you kidding me? The meager portion of cold, low grade fries mixed with bland luke warm gravy, neither of which hot enough to melt the cheese curds. 6.95 for a small appetizer sized horrible "poutine". Will we be back? Hell no! Should you go? Say with me "Hell no".

ugh.
Chandelier / November 14, 2011 at 05:20 am
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I have my doubts about Smoke's only because it's in the entertainment/tourist district and seems to have a lot of kitschy dishes, like curry poutine. However, I heard they are making every effort to remain authentic, even in so far as ordering fresh curds from Quebec.
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Pri / March 12, 2012 at 11:02 pm
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Betty's on King has amazing poutine..and it's vegetarian!
buy here pay here / March 14, 2012 at 04:18 pm
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Glad not to see Poutini's on here - WORST POUTINE EVER
TruckMinder / March 21, 2012 at 08:12 am
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I'm sorry to spoil the party here folks but this Poutine looks absolutely vile... each their own eh?
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SW / August 16, 2012 at 12:14 pm
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So I decided to try the poutine at Caplansky's, based on this review, and also because I was there and I can never turn down a poutine when it's on a menu (shameful). My poutine had, and I counted them, 6 measly little cheese curds. Not only were there so few curds, but they hadn't even melted because the sorry excuse for smoked-meat gravy was completely cold. That gravy, by the way, is the nastiest gravy I've ever had in my life. It tasted exactly how you would imagine it to taste in that disgusting photo.

That being said, I was back at Caplansky's on a separate occasion with friends and decided to give another go at the poutine to be fair. Maybe there was a shortage of curds on my first visit. NOPE! My 2nd attempt had THREE curds and the gravy was just as unpalatable as I had remembered. Five thumbs down for Caplansky's poutine.

Second of all, a couple weeks ago I had a small classic poutine from Smoke's. A-W-F-U-L!!! I was violently ill from both ends within an hour.

AVOID!!!
Jean-F. replying to a comment from apetimberlake / September 18, 2012 at 09:30 am
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All garbage, EXCEPT maybe Bamburger's. I'm a native Montrealer who lived next to la Banquise, so - I know what I'm talking about here.

COSPLAY / September 26, 2012 at 11:37 pm
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Hey, Corina - why not wait and taste what Smoke's will offer before passing judgement? You have doubts because of location? Come on...
YOUR POUTINE SUCKS / April 10, 2013 at 05:29 pm
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why not wait and taste what Smoke's will offer before passing judgement?
Ty / August 1, 2014 at 03:52 pm
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I found a guy who makes his own cheese curds for poutine! Funny thing is, his main business is crepes (but he should really just do poutine. That was the best I've had in Toronto by far. The cheese was squeaky as hell and his fries are completely different from others I've tried in town. I'm from Montreal so I know a thing or two about poutine). Anyways....my vote is for nom nom nom crepes on Dundas @ Bathurst. Try it
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