Alright, friends, at this point it's safe to say that we all know about the delicious mouth miracle that is a poutine. And it's safe to say that no matter where you get it, your poutine is going to be pretty much amazing.
Montreal's known for making some of the best poutines in the province, TBH. But what truly separates a "good" poutine from an "amazing" one?
Well, mainly personal preference - which is why any poutine on this list might be good to me, but amazing to you. Still though, if you're looking for some of the most awesome poutines in the city, and two that are universally heralded as amazing, then you've come to the right place!
Alright, friends, you need to try the poutine from Chez Tousignant. Like right now. Fresh and totally homemade ingredients elevate this dish to a level all of its own, and you need to experience it at least once in your life.
Ah, La Banquise. Pretty much every poutine fan knows about this spot, but no poutine list would be complete without it. Their poutines are always incredibly fresh, hot, and cheesy; and to top everything off, they've got tons of different types of poutines to choose from!
What makes the poutine at this spot so amazing? The sauce is super flavourful and thick; the Sao Jorge cheese is perfectly squeaky-yet-melty; the fries are cooked up fresh right in front of you... and to boot, they put freshly cooked Portuguese sausage and chicken chunks right. On. Top.
As we all know, the restaurant game in Montreal is super hard to win. If a spot is open for more than five years, you can bet it's doing something so incredibly right (and it just might have a bit of luck on its side, too). A testament to how amazing the poutine at Montreal Pool Room is? They've been open for legit a century. Over 100 years of delicious poutine is what I'd call amazing, TBH.
While there are a million and one spots to enjoy a 5 à 7 in the city, not everywhere does happy hour quite like this Montreal restaurant in the Village.
Resto Keela serves $6 drinks from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., including house draft beer, house red or white wine, and speed rail mixed drinks, which is a choice of vodka, rye, rum, or gin — a pretty hard drink deal to beat.
As for food, you can go every week and try a different $6 dish at happy hour. "The $6 bites change from week to week but we always offer 3-5 options," owners Kristin Murphy and Johnny Hamilton told MTL Blog.
I went on September 10 and got to try green beans with a cashew romesco sauce and feta crumble, chorizo sausage, chicken Kaarage with kimchi cucumbers, and organic cherry tomato salad with blue cheese. And I kid you not when I say these dishes all take your taste buds on a culinary trip to heaven.
Keela's full menu is also filled with tons of unique dishes for you to try. The celery root carpaccio is hands down my favourite.
Every Friday night, you can hear the sweet voice of Bud Rice sing live at the restaurant.