Montreal's week-long poutine fest is back! Running from Feb 1st - 7th, 40 different restaurants will be competing for the highest honour in Montreal: the title of best poutine. Luckily (and somewhat torturously) for us, most of the restaurants have been releasing info about the poutines that they'll be serving next week.
Now, eating 40 poutines in 7 days is going to be a serious challenge that few people will actually accomplish, so if you're only up for trying a few, we've picked out what we think will be the top 10. And as everyone knows, poutine calories don't count, so eat up.
1. Lucky’s Truck et Guele de bois’ “Kraft and Beef”
3353 Ontario E
Every student’s dream: a Kraft Dinner inspired poutine. Based on that alone, this poutine is at the top of our to-try list. It’s made with homemade fries, jalapeño KD sauce, fresh cheese, GDB meatballs, green onion, and green peas.
2. Parkway Resto Pub’s “Heart Breaker”
8247 Métropolitain E
If you’ve ever wanted to know what it was like to have Thanksgiving dinner on a poutine, then ParkWay’s “Heart Breaker” is the way to go. Their smoked salt seasoned fries are loaded with smoked turkey, stuffing made from a trio of sausages, a blend of Quebec cheese curds, and turkey gravy, topped with bacon, corn and green onion hash. Can you say food-coma?
3. Lola Rosa's “La Raspoutine”
545 Milton + 4581 Parc
Serving up a Russian-inspired poutine, Lola Rosa has made their Poutine Week entrant vegan and gluten free. It’s topped with a Romanoff sauce made from vodka and raspberry, and garnished with caramelized onions.
4. ART:BRGR’s “Caveman Poutine”
For the caveman in all of us: crispy fries, minced meat, merguez sausage and ham, topped with cheese, peppers and a sunny side up egg. They wish they had it this good in pre-historic times.
5. Le Gourmet Burger’s Poutine
With hand cut fries, cheese curds, house gravy, caramelized onions, sautéed minced beef, your choice of sauce (Thai peanut, Japanese zesty curry or Lebanese Tahini) and a topping of black sesame and shallots, Le Gourmet Burger may just have to change their name to Le Gourmet Poutine.
6. Chez Boris' “Vladimir Vegetarienovich Poutine”
In case you want to spice things up, Chez Boris uses an original “Rus-Que-Mex” beet, 3 bean and smokey chipotle pepper chili, served over crispy dough fries and topped with squeaky cheese curds.
7. La Tavern F par Ferreira’s “Salted Cod Ferreira Poutine”
For a bit of a classier poutine (if there is such a thing), La Tavern F covers their homemade french fries with salted cod, caramelized onions, and a creamy sauce, all topped off with cheese curds and lemon zest.
8. Uniburger’s “UNI-Fries”
302 Ontario E
For the ultimate cheese experience you have to try Uniburger's UNI-Fries: golden french fries smothered in smooth velvet cheese, finished off with grilled onions and Uniburger’s secret sauce.
9. Fabergé’s “The People’s Waffle”
25 Fairmont O.
Crispy, homemade potato waffle with pulled duck, covered in Quebec cheese and gravy. Bonus: since there’s waffle in it, that means it’s acceptable for breakfast.
10. Chez Chose's “PoutiChose”
Made with Eumatimi beef, smoked-meat style scoter duck, Cloutier cheese shavings, and homemade pickles, finished with a truffle oil meat glaze, the PoutiChose is sure to be sinfully savoury.
Honestly, guys, if you want to try a delicious, fresh, and authentic perogie, you can't go wrong with this Mile End spot. But don't let theit awesome perogies stop you from exploring the rest of the menu, which is full of tasty and fresh Polish treats.
Looking for fresh and authentic Polish perogies? Look no further than this Old Montreal Polish restaurant. Serving up perogies filled to the brim with delicious and fresh ingredients, anyone who loves food in general absolutely has to give this spot a visit, ASAP.
If you're looking for the perfect combination of fresh and tasty perogies, and a huge selection of fresh and tasty perogies, then stop the search. Wawel makes some of the most delicious dumplings in the whole city, plus they've got tons to choose from, too boot.
What's better than delicious, melty, fresh, flavourful, savoury perogies? Absolutely nothing, guys. Thankfully, you can find everything good in the world (AKA delicious, melty, fresh, flavourful, savoury perogies) at this Lasalle Polish spot.
Located in Montreal's Marche Jean-Talon, this spot serves up some of the tastiest Polish sausages in the whole city. And although their sausages are incredibly legit, their perogies? Quite possibly even better than their sausages.
Sadly, this Mile End institution closed its doors earlier this year. But it still deserves a spot on this list, because TBH, their homemade perogies were what legit legends are made of. RIP, Chez Boris, your delicious perogies, beignewiches, and donuts will never, ever be forgotten.
There are new restaurants opening up in Montreal all the time, but with new spots opening up also comes the closure of some of our old favourites.
We're only five months into 2017, and more than 20 restaurants in Montreal have closed their doors; some of which were old (or new) favourites. But that's just the nature of the game, friends. RIP to these awesome spots.