Alright, friends, who here is down for a poutine? Honestly, I know my hand is raised high into the air right now. There's something about winter that makes me crave the fries, gravy and cheese; and I know that I'm not alone in this one.
Poutine is probably the ultimate winter food in and of itself, but you know what makes it one step better? The toppings, my friend. The delicious, hearty toppings, that make a regular poutine into an amazing poutine. And when a poutine is so hearty, so comforting, that it makes you forget all about the frozen tundra that is Montreal in the winter? Yeah. That's pure magic.
At the end of this article, we have included a "Poutine Roulette" to help you pick one of those at random! Now Read on for 12 Montreal Poutines You Need To Eat This Winter 2016
1. Dirty Dog's Mac n' Cheese Poutine
It's a no-brainer why this is the quintessential winter poutine. It's got all the fixings of your basic, delicious, fries-gravy-and-cheese delight, with the added warmth and comfort of mac n' cheese, leeks, and (my personal fave) bacon. One bite, and that's it. You're done. Your soul now belongs to the mac n' cheese.
2. La Banquise's La Savoyarde
Alright, friends, I don't know about you guys, but in winter, my own personal "melty cheese" cravings shoot up by about 97%. Which is saying a lot, since cheese is basically my obsession. To curb the craving, though? You're going to need to try Banquise's Savoyarde. Piled high with cheese curds and strips of fresh swiss - along with bacon, onions, and a dollop of sour cream - this is probably going to be your go-to poutine to get you through those winter blues.
3. Hippi Poutine's Poutine Mexico
Okay, what screams "hearty meal" more than a big, steaming bowl of chili? Maybe slapping a helping of delicious chili on a poutine. Scratch that, actually: definitely slapping a helping of delicious chili on a poutine, and adding in heaps of cheddar for good measure. In the immortal words of Chandler Bing, "Could that poutine be any more comforting?" Which he totally said. Maybe.
4. Frite Alors' L'Eau à la Bush
Is there anything like a nice, warm steak dinner? No, there isn't. And is there anything like a poutine that combines the magic of steak, onions, and mushrooms into one bowl of pure joy? No, there isn't. Thankfully, you can find this concentrated happiness at Frite Alors. Their L'Eau à la Bush poutine? Yeah, just the thing we all need to put a smile on our winter-chapped lips.
5. Poutine Centrale's La Galvaude
Truth time: how many of us remember coming home to a hot chicken sandwiches after playing in the snow? A lot of us, I bet. And, with Poutine Centrale's La Galvaude, you can relive this awesome moment from your youth. Oh, what's that? Never tried a hot chicken sandwich? No worries. La Galvaude combines the magic of a hot chicken sandwich - gravy, peas, and chicken - with the awesomeness of a poutine. Omg? Omg.
6. Chez Claudette's Dalton
I don't know what it is about smoked sausage, but whenever I think about it, I instantly think of winter. And then I think of happiness, because any smoked food is on a whole other level to me. The Dalton poutine at Chez Claudette combines the hearty smoked sausage with another winter staple - peas - and their standard delicious poutine, to create something amazing, and something that's sure to make you smile throughout the season.
7. Paulo et Suzanne's La Philly Bomb
This delicious poutine features all your favourite staples, tossed together into one dish that'll have you crying tears of real joy. Ready for this? The Philly Bomb has Italian sausage, steak, red/green peppers, onions, and pepper sauce. This awesome creation? Guaranteed to fill you up with warmth and happiness this winter.
8. Pause Et Vous' La Brune
Friends, poutine is already pretty great. But do you know how to make it better? Replace the fries with dauphine-style potatoes, which are basically little balls of mashed potatoes and happiness. As you can imagine, Pause et Vous' La Brune does a pretty amazing job of reinventing everyone's favourite dish; and the heartiness of this poutine makes it the perfect, comforting, winter meal.
9. Poutineville's Heart Attack
A word of caution: this poutine is huge, and meant to be shared. Don't try and tackle this delicious beast on your own. Weighing in at 15 pounds and featuring piles of toppings - like cheese curds, mozzarella, bacon, ham, onions, mushrooms, and much more - Poutineville's epic concoction is the perfect cold weather meal. Not only is the food certain to provide enough comfort to last until April, but the fact that you're going to have to share it? Yeah, that's some heartwarming stuff right there.
10. Jarry Smoked Meat's Smoked Meat Poutine
If you're looking for something to warm you up from your soles to your soul (see what I did there?), look no further. Jarry Smoked Meat's poutine is piled high with chunks of its famous smoked meat, and swimming in their delicious, piping hot poutine sauce. If this winter is dragging you, get yourselves one of these bad boys. Trust me. The stress of winter will just melt away. (I'll stop with these puns now).
11. Ma Poule Mouillée's Poutine
Ah, Ma Poule Mouillée. There's no doubt that their Portuguese chicken is awesome, but their poutine? Imagine chunks of their signature chicken, crispy fries, savoury poutine sauce, squeaky cheese, and pieces of hearty, tasty chorizo. Enough to warm even the iciest of hearts, in even the iciest of winters. All the yums, my friends. All the yums.
12. Mange-Moi's La Fou De La Viande
La Fou De La Viande is, obviously, for anyone who's crazy for meat. Featuring four different types of grilled sausage, slapped on top of a delicious, warm, poutine, there is nothing that Mange-Moi's creation cannot do. Okay, fine, it maybe can't salt the ice on your stairs... but it'll be there for you once your done, warming away your winter blues.
... And if you don't know which one to start with, stop this roulette, and tell us which one you got!