A definitive list of the best poutines in Montreal (PHOTOS)

Apr 1 2021, 2:40 pm

Nobody makes poutine like Montreal.

It’s as simple as that.

The beautiful trifecta of cheese curds, gravy, and fries has been perfected here and sometimes you want the best of the best.

We’ve put together a list of the best poutines in the city but we’re just focusing on the basics — no smoked meat pooters (sorry, Reuben’s) and no 25-pound plates.

From the 24-hour spots that don’t stop dishing out the classics to the tiny places that have the recipe to a tee, here are the best poutines in Montreal — all of which are still just as tasty in take-out or delivery form.

Buckle up and find those stretchy pants, things are about to get greasy.

La Banquise


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If you’re in the mood for a poutine at any time of the day, every day, La Banquise has got you covered. Speaking of covered, this 24-hour joint has 30 different varieties of poutine but their classic is absolutely tasty.

Patati Patata


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This little nook-like greasy spoon has been a staple in Le Plateau for the past two decades. They do simple well, using skinny fries, fresh cheese curds, and heaps of vegetarian-friendly gravy.

Decarie Hot Dog


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Poutines just hit different when they’re served in an aluminum take-out plate. This long-established, family-run fast food joint whips up sweet classic Quebec French fries, doused in gravy, and plenty of cheese.

Chez Tousignant


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Chez Tousignant looks like a modern casse-croûte snack bar and they dish out a phenomenal poutine. Their gravy has a bit of a pepper-like kick to it for poutine fans looking for a little bit of spice.

Chez Claudette

Restaurant Chez Claudette has been open since the early 1980s and has nearly 50 different varieties of the classic poutine.

Every Montrealer has had poutine served on these exact diner plates but this one is outstanding.

La Belle Province

Come on, it’s Belle Pro — we don’t even have to say anything.

Green Spot

Green Spot is an institution in Saint-Henri and they’ve been serving the classic dish since the 1940s. If you stop by the Spot, you can’t not get poutine. Just look at the sweet fries and dark gravy.

Frite Alors!


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Frite Alors offers Belgian-style fries that are crispy, light, fried in lard and made to perfection with cheese curds and gravy.

Gibeau Orange Julep

For poutine fans on the hunt for stringier poutines, Orange Julep stands out for more than just its giant sphere-shaped exterior.

If you’re looking for iconic spots to grab traditional poutine, it’s tough to top this classic staple.

Pierrette Patates


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This old-school diner in Verdun loads up its poutine plate with cheese curds and classic Quebecois fries. What more do you need?

Paul Patates


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This long-standing casse-croûte is your typical Quebec-style poutine. And it has been since the beginning. If you’re in Pointe-Sainte-Charles, go on an empty stomach and fill up on their phenomenal poutine.

Paulo & Suzanne

From Paul to Paulo & Suzanne, this (pre-curfew) 24-hour 1950-inspired diner has spicier poutine for fans looking for more of a kick.

Chalet Bar-B-Q


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Poutines haven’t been on the menu at Chalet Bar-B-Q for a long time but it should have been.

The poutine popped up on the staple’s menu in 2018 for “a limited time” but it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere, mostly because it’s so popular and oh so tasty.

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