Is there such a thing as a bad poutine? No, friends. There is not. But there is such a thing as a poutine that's so amazing it'll literally (yes, literally) blow your mind wide open.
Montreal is full of iconic spots where you can get a poutine so awesome it might just move you to tears; poutines that you have to eat at least once in order to say, with confidence, that you are living your best Montreal life. So, friends, grab a fork, and prepare for pure, Montreal-style happiness.
1. Dirty Dogs' Bacon Mac And Cheese Poutine
I honestly don't even know where to start with this poutine, except to say that it's the actual stuff that dreams are made of. Featuring the creamiest, most tasty mac and cheese you can think of, placed on top of fresh fries, delicious cheese curds, and Dirty Dogs' irresistible poutine sauce.
They top the whole thing off with tasty chunks of bacon and green onion, which pretty much ensures that this poutine is one of the best Montreal dishes you can get your hands down.
2. La Banquise's La Taquise
If I could eat one poutine only for the rest of my life, this would be it. Honestly, this might look incredibly decadent - and it is, for sure - but one bite of this poutine, and you won't even care. You'll be hooked.
Featuring La Banquise's tasty fries, cheese, and poutine sauce combo, with the added delicious factors of sour cream, tomatoes, and guacamole (!!), La Taquise manages to combine everything good in the world into one tasty poutine. Trust, friends. You will absolutely fall in love with this one.
3. Paulo Et Suzanne'e La Philly Bomb
At this stage in the game, I've expressed my love for Paulo Et Suzanne legit countless times. But I can't help it - they're awesome, and if you've ever been there before, then you know that my adoration for this spot is totally justified.
Although all their poutines feature fresh fries, squeaky cheese curds, and super flavourful, tasty, piping hot sauce. But their Philly Bomb, with Philly steak, Italian sausage, red peppers, tasty pepper sauce, and much more? It is a thing of actual beauty, friends, and one you've absolutely got to eat if you're in Montreal.
4. Ma Poule Mouillée's Portuguese Chicken & Chouriço Poutine
Who here is a fan of Portuguese chicken? Everybody? Great! If you're a Portuguese chicken lover, then the chances are very high that you know all about Ma Poule Mouillée, and the fact their moist, tasty chicken pretty much changed the game.
Now imagine all the tastiness of their Portuguese chicken, as well as that smoky, slightly spicy, totally tasty flavour of their chourico - and add it into a poutine. Are you drooling at the idea, friend? You should be, because it's exactly as good as you think it is - and more. Drop everything, guys. You need to get one of these in your mouth, ASAP.
5. Montreal Poutine's Smoked Meat Poutine
A poutine, featuring smoked meat, served in an Old Montreal restaurant called Montreal Poutine. Could there be anything more representative of the city than that? Alright, maybe.
But honestly, I'd be thrilled if Montreal Poutine's smoked meat poutine was the only thing that represented this city - it's legit that good. Fresh, hot fries, fresh cheese curds, and super savoury, tasty poutine sauce, smothered in the most moist and yummy chunks of smoked meat you could possibly find? What could possibly be better than that.
6. Shawarmaz's Mix Poutine
Like Ma Poule Mouillée's poutine, Shawarmaz's dish mixes up two different cultures into one out of this world, mouthwateringly delicious dish. Their poutines either feature chicken, beef, or a mix of both - and all three are amazing.
But if you're going to go for it, you might as well go all in and take their Mix poutine. A mix of both chicken and beef, as well as sauce, onions, pita chips, parsley, garlic potatoes, poutine sauce, cheese, coriander, parsley, and more, this poutine hits the spot - and then some. Just make sure you go on an empty stomach. Although this dish is seriously filling, you're not going to want to stop at just one. Trust.
7. Poutine Centrale's La General Mao
General Tao (Tso?) lovers, rejoice. Poutine Centrale's creation mixes the super popular dish with their ever-tasty poutine, creating a combination that will actually change your life.
Featuring crispy, moist chunks of General Tao chicken, green onions, and sesame seeds, on a bed of Poutine Centrale's notoriously delicious and fresh poutine, this creation is one seriously huge win. One bite, and you'll be hooked, literally for life. You've been warned.
8. Jukebox Burgers' Mac And Cheese Poutine
How much do I love Jukebox Burgers? A whole lot, friends. A whole, whole lot. Which, of course, means that I've tried a whole lot of their poutines, too.
Although they offer a freshness and quality that's pretty much unmatched - meaning that all of their dishes are going to taste mind-blowingly amazing - hands down my fave poutine to grab at Jukebox is their macaroni and cheese poutine. Honestly, their mac and cheese has such a unique, bold, creamy flavour to it, it would be awesome all on its own... But adding it to a tasty poutine, with fresh cheese and savoury sauce? Yeah. Game changing, friends, trust.
9. Patati Patata's Poutine
Ah, Patati Patata. At this point, I am very comfortable in calling this cozy, colourful spot a Montreal institution. They've been around for a while, and their poutines are the stuff of legends.
Seriously. While some other places might have you craving their crazier poutines, at Patati Patata, even their plain poutine is enough to satisfy the crave. Their sauce is fresh and tasty, their cheese is squeaky and delicious, and their fries are cooked to perfection. Add this all up with their super fair prices, and put their iconic olive on the top, and you have yourself the recipe for one seriously on point poutine.
10. Lafayette's Poutine
Alright, truthfully, everyone's tastes are different, and so everyone has a different favourite place to get a plain poutine. I've got a couple, and Montreal's Lafayette is definitely one of them for me.
Sure, the cheese and fries are fresh and scrumptious, but in this poutine, it's the sauce that makes the dish. Served up piping hot, thick, and with an incredibly unique, flavourful taste to it, the sauce makes this one poutine experience that you won't soon forget.