Okay, guys, at this stage in the game, I think you all pretty much know that in Montreal, poutine is life. It's so popular that it's pretty much impossible not to find a restaurant that serves up this infamous Quebec dish, just like it's also impossible to eat a bad poutine. Think about it, friends. What's not to love? Cheese? Good. Gravy? Good. Fries? Good!
While that's true, there also happen to be a select few restaurants in Montreal that stand out for their highkey beyond amazing poutines. Having a bit of trouble locating them? No worries, guys. That's what I'm here for. Oh, and keep in mind that this list is simply a list, and not a ranking. Don't get distracted by the numbers. Just know all the spots here are equally delicious.
Not going to like to you guys, I'm a little bit too obsessed with the poutine here - especially the regular poutine. Although it's true that the fries are incredibly fresh, and fried up golden and crispy, and the perfectly squeaky cheese is spread in such abundance that it'll satisfy everyone's crave, what really makes the dish? Their poutine sauce. It's got an indescribably unique flavour, and it's slathered on thick, so that every single bite is coated with this pure, concentrated magic.
2. Ma Poule Mouillée
Lovers of Portuguese food, no longer do you have to pick between the Portuguese chicken or chouriço poutine. Ma Poule Mouille's version of everyone's favourite dish features both their moist, tender chicken, and chunks of their smoky, spicy chouriço - whipped all together with incredibly crispy fries, squeaky cheese, and pretty much the most thick and savoury gravy you've ever tried in your life. Sounds amazing? Well, friend, that's because it is.
Although this Downtown Montreal spot is famous for its shawarmas, Shawarmaz happens to whip up one beyond amazing poutine. Their "Manic" poutines are a fusion between the classic poutine dish and Lebanese-inspired ingredients; and the combination of poutine sauce, chicken, beef, cheese, coriander, garlic potatoes, pita chips, and more, makes for one overly delicious dish.
4. Decarie Hot Dog
Oh, Decarie Hot Dog. I honestly don't even know where to begin with this spot. It's been the reigning king of steamies in the hearts of Montrealers for decades, and if you've ever been here, then you know exactly why - their food is actually mouthwatering, guys, no joke. But let's put aside their super famous hot dogs for a while, and focus on their poutines - because this classic dish, featuring thick-cut fries, savoury, hearty gravy, and fresh squeaky cheese - will be on your mind forever after just one bite. Trust, guys. It's that good.
5. Chez Ma Tante
My love for this Ahuntsic/Montreal-North hot dog spot is well-documented, and well-deserved. If you've never treated yourself to one of these juicy steamies, then I feel sorry for you. But if you've never tried one of their poutines, with thick and tasty gravy, crispy, skin-on fries, and enough cheese to satisfy even the most hardcore of cheese addicts? Well, I'm actually a little livid. Get yourself here, friend, and prepare to have your whole outlook on life changed, by one, beyond amazing poutine.
6. La Roulotte
West Island friends, I don't think I need to tell you how good the poutines are at La Roulotte. This diner knows how to serve up an incredibly powerful plate of poutine - and, for super inexpensive, you get thick cut fries and fresh, squeaky chunks of cheese, smothered in their hearty, savoury poutine sauce. They've got a good amount of poutine options for you to pick from, too, but no matter which poutine you go with, you'll be getting one huge portion of pure, straight-up awesome.
7. Dirty Dogs
TBH, I've never tasted anything quite like the poutines at Dirty Dogs. Their poutine sauce has an incredibly unique, nuanced flavour; you've just got to experience it for yourself. And, honestly, I can say the same about their actual poutines, as well. They've got a solid selection of incredibly amazing poutine dishes, including the uber-popular Bacon Mac 'n Cheese Poutine - one of their signature, tasty poutines, topped with mac 'n cheese smothered in their homemade cheese sauce, sprinkled with green onions, and finished with thick cut chunks of bacon.
8. La Banquise
Okay, what kind of monster would I be if I didn't include La Banquise on this list? True, this spot is crazy well-known - and equally well-loved - but it's a landmark in the Montreal food scene at this point. They've got a literal ton of poutine dishes for you to pick from, each one somehow tastier than the last; the fries are constantly fresh and fried to perfection, so that they have the perfect moist:crisp ratio, and the cheese is legit the freshest, ever, hands down. Get yourselves there whenever, as this spot is open 24/7... and be prepared for a slight, but worth it, wait in line.
9. Patati Patata
If you've been a poutine lover in Montreal for any amount of time, then you definitely know about the poutine miracle that is the Plateau's Patati Patata. An institution at this point, they serve up simple, no-frills poutine (with a signature olive on top) that's enough to rival even the craziest of poutine concoctions. Honestly, guys, get yourselves there ASAP, and nosh on fresh, flavourful sauce, squeaky, fresh cheese curds, and golden, crispy fries, unlike you've ever tried before.
10. Poutine Centrale
Home of the "General Mao" poutine (yes, a poutine literally filled to the brim with magical, crispy, tender pieces of General Tao chicken), Poutine Centrale does not disappoint when it comes to a large selection of creative, beyond tasty poutines. They don't disappoint in anything, actually: the poutines from this Hochelaga-Maisonneuve restaurant, made with fresh and quiality ingredients and featuring some of the tastiest, crispiest fries I've ever encountered, are seriously on a level all their own.
11. Chez Tousignant
I think it's very safe to assume that, at this point, everyone is well aware of Little Italy's Chez Tousignant. There is nothing that comes out of this restaurant that isn't pure gold - their homemade hot dogs and hamburgers get a lot of attention (especially since they're legit mind-blowing), but this modern casse-croute also serves up one seriously, seriously mindblowing poutine, thanks in part to their fresh, homemade, high-quality ingredients.
12. Jukebox Burgers
This West Island eatery is known for a lot of things - its hamburgers, its mac and cheese, its ice cream, its ambiance... and, of course, its poutine. If you're in the West Island, and you're craving something fresh, cheesy, and straight-up yummy, then you know exactly where you've got to head to. Also, major bonus points for having some of the most unique poutine combinations in the city, including their now-famous poutine hot dogs. (Literal hot dogs filled with poutine, AKA heaven in a bun).
13. Paulo Et Suzanne
Real talk, I'm drooling just thinking about this place. Paulo & Suzanne, an Ahuntsic spot opened 24/7, has some of the tastiest poutines you'll ever try. Their "Philly Bomb" poutine, with Philly steak, Italian sausage, bell peppers, onions, and more, is especially popular - but all of their poutines feature Paulo & Suzanne's signature thick, tasty sauce, piping hot french fries, and thick, sqeuaky chunks of cheese, meaning that no matter what you take, you'll be thrilled.
14. Chez Claudette
From Thursday until Saturday, Chez Claudette remains open all night, which is a really, really good thing. One bite of the poutines here, and you'll find yourself coming back for more, no matter what time it is. Seriously, Chez Claudette is synonymous with "awesome Montreal poutines" at this point, and with tons of poutine choices, fresh ingredients, and homemade, thick sauce, it's really no wonder as to why.
15. Nextdoor Pub
Upon first glance, you might think NDG's Nextdoor Pub is just one incredibly friendly and amazing watering hole. But the reality is that this spot has some of the best food you'll ever taste, hands down... and this, of course, includes their poutine. The dish has got fresh cheese, golden fries, and a really unique sauce - it's a little lighter than some others, but also a lot more nuanced and flavourful - making for one poutine experience you won't soon forget.
16. Green Stop
If you were to ask a random Montrealer what their favourite poutine spot is, there's a very good chance they'll tell you that it's Ville Emard's Green Stop. And if you've ever had one bite of their poutine - with fresh, thick, crispy fries, fresh, squeaky chunks of cheese, smothered in a uniqely thick, dark sauce - then you know exactly why this spot is so well-loved. If not? Well, don't worry. Just get yourself to this poutine haven ASAP.
Okay, poutine lovers, this one's straight-up for you. Featuring tons of poutine choices (including a Trois Fromages option, with cheese curds, cheddar, and mozzarella), Mange-Moi bills itself as a "poutinerie" - and trust, they earn that title. The fries here are perfectly crisp and tasty; the gravy is thick, savoury, and on a level of its own; and the toppings are always fresh, and sprinkled on in abundance. All the poutine love for this place, friends. All of it.
18. Restaurant Deli Plus
Situated in Villeray, this unassuming deli serves up pretty much everything under the sun - including some seriously on point breakfasts. One of their ultimate, best dishes, though? Their poutines. Although they've got a solid offering of poutines, their best is their original, with thick fries, thick gravy, and enough squeaky, fresh cheese curds to leave you with a huge smile on your face. Bonus points for their super fair prices, as well.
19. Poutine Lafleur
At this stage in the game, I'm sure it's safe to say that Poutine Lafleur is an institution. Located in Montreal's Verdun, this spot serves up one mean no-frills poutine, with fresh cheese curds, savoury gravy, and thick, awesome fries. Of course, if you're feeling something with a little more oomph, look out for their other poutine options - including their all dressed poutine, which you might just dream about days (years) later.
20. Deli Sokolow
Two words: latke poutine. That's right, guys. Le Sud-Ouest's Deli Sokolow, home to some of the best ice cream in the city, has combined two of the greatest dishes known to man - latkes and poutines - and turned it into one gloriously unique, cheesy, tasty dish. All the yums? You better believe it.
21. Le Gras Dur
Friends, prepare to be stunned. Although Le Gras Dur is home to many, many awesome dishes, it's my opinion that their Touski Poutine is clearly the star of the show. Fresh fries, cheese curds, and gravy, topped to the heavens with smoked stuffed sausage, braised cabbage, and tasty chicken schnitzel? Yes. All of it. Please.
22. Burger Royal
Located on The Main, this spot is renowned for their beyond amazing hamburgers. But, protip? Grab yourself a side of poutine next time you're there. Trust me, it'll chane up the poutine game for you.// especially their fried chicken poutine, featuring crispy, flavourful chunks of fried chicken.