Poutine is where all faith in humanity lies, no joke. At this point, the prideful Quebecois dish speaks for itself in terms of flavour, enjoyment, and all around glory. And everyone knows that, though poutine is the national dish of Canada, the absolute best quality of it can be found in La Belle Province.
While there are tons of trendy, high-end places to get poutine, I personally think there is nothing more authentic than grabbing a greasy carton of it from the window of a chip truck, or in the booth of a modest roadside diner.
So get ready to get deep into the heart of fries, squeaky cheese curds and hot gravy, and discover some of the best, most true-to-form poutines in this province.
1. Restaurant Labelle - Lachute
How badly do you want to be part of this photo? Me too, me too. Restaurant Labelle does poutine perfectly, and pairs it with other classic delights - like the beloved steamie hot dog - to make for the most legitimate Quebecois dining experience you could ask for.
2. Jos Patate - Grenville
The lines of cottage-goers and random passersby at this highway stop-off shack is the first indicator of the quality of poutine at Jos Patate. Better yet, it's super cheap - so eat your heart out, and try all the greasy goodness this place has to offer.
3. Pignon Vert - Lachute
You know just by the look of this place that it's the real thing. Locals are fiercely loyal to this long-standing poutine institution, and you will be too once you give it a try.
4. Restaurant Henri - Joliette
So, this long-time restaurant was reviewed by experts at Poutine Pundit, and they gave it a score of 80/100 (yes, they score poutines on a 100 scale), which is an extremely good rating considering the meticulous consideration they give each poutine that they try. With all this considered, Restaurant Henri is a must-do if you're road tripping North of Montreal.
5. Pat Retro - Bergeville
This charming '50s style diner is labelled as a cremerie, and yes, their ice cream is (especially the sundaes) are worth the trip alone, but the poutine - well, it's a star unto itself. The awesome decor and retro vibes of this diner make for a fun time, and after your tasty poutine, you can treat yourself even further to one of the many ice cream creations.
6. Jean Burger - Wakefield
I'll admit upfront that I'm biased about Jean Burger, because I've tasted the heavenly poutine there on multiple occasions, and each time it has filled me with a deep, enduring happiness that can only come from squeaky cheese curds. This spot is a bonafide staple for people travelling to the adorable town of Wakefield, and to nearby cottages and summer camps. It encompasses everything awesome about a roadside poutine shack.
7. Cantine Ben La Bedaine - Granby
Eating the poutine here just feels right; a big ostentatious sign, a lineup of hungry road-trippers, and gravy that will stay near and dear to your heart forever. And guess what? Cantine Ben also sells ice cream poutine - the now infamous dessert that mimics poutine using cookies as the fries, marshmallows as the cheese curds, and caramel sauce as the gravy. Poutine for dinner and dessert, two ways? Yes friends, yes.
8. Buffet Du Nord - Quebec City area
It doesn't get more classic casse croute than Buffet Du Nord; a modest stopover in the Quebec city region. The traditional appearance (that Pepsi sign is key) carries over to the poutine, which is true to the original recipe and uses quality ingredients all around.
9. Louis Luncheonette - Sherbrooke
386 Rue King E
I mean, who wouldn't trust this place for a good poutine? With that down-home look and ambiance, you know Louis is going to deliver. This place actually has a few locations in Sherbrooke, which makes it a great go-to option if you're passing through.
10. Patate Mallette
41 Rue Saint Laurent
There's nothing quite as satisfying as a heaping plate of poutine in that take-away round tin, is there? You get your money's worth at this poutine stop, which is really ideal when it comes to this dish. Patate Mallete also does a great job in terms of balance; they don't skimp on cheese curds, and they put just the right amount of gravy without drowning out the crispy fries.
11. Le Roy Jucep - Drummondville
There is no better place to start your poutine road trip than Le Roy Jucep, which is allegedly the first ever restaurant to serve poutine. They actually have an official certificate on display claiming this incredible honour. And truthfully, once you enter this roadside gem in Drummondville, you'll start to believe it; the old school diner vibes and wonderfully traditional poutine will put all debate to rest.
12. 100% Boeuf (Le P'Tit Stop) - Mont Tremblant
Although the name alludes to some delicious hamburgers (and they are incredibly delicious), this tiny spot on the outskirts of Mont Tremblant has some seriously killer poutine. I can't imagine anything more wonderful than stopping off here after a long day of summer activities in the village. This spot is also little-known to many Tremblant tourists, so you know you're getting a supremely authentic poutine experience.