Poutine n. French-Canadian dish consisting of French fries and fresh cheese curds, covered with gravy.
You can’t be a Canadian foodie without writing at least once on the classic Canadian dish. Poutine is a staple item in everyone’s list of comfort food. The idea of greasy fries covered in gooey gravy topped off with melting cheese curds will make any winter blues disappear. That being said, I knew my trip to Montreal would not be complete without a feast on its most popular food.
Nestling in Plateau Mount-Royal, La Banquise is a well-known restaurant that offers no less than 28 different types of poutine. They take the classic dish and turn it up a notch, leaving the restaurant with a constant lineup of hungry food-lovers. My friend and I luckily snagged a spot within 15 minutes. The menu was overwhelming and my stomach seemed to crave everything on it. We finally reached a decision and ordered La Taquise and La T-Rex poutine (both in large).
La Taquise consists of home-baked fries served with guacamole, sour cream & tomatoes. Jab your fork into the center to get a hold of each ingredient and voilà, you now have a tasty piece of heaven. The fries itself is a bit stale but luckily the toppings transform this plate of plain fries into a delicious meal.
La T-Rex is a favorite among carnivores and I finally understood why. This monstrous poutine is a combination of french fries, ground beef, pepperoni, bacon and hot-dog sausages – every meat lover’s fantasy. Unfortunately due to my dietary restriction, I did not consume any of the meat. Nevertheless it still looked delicious!
Both poutines were approximately $13 which is inexpensive to share between friends and family!
Fun fact: Restaurants in New York and New Jersey introduced their own mix of fries, gravy & cheese and called it Disco Fries