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The Best Poutine Joints In Toronto

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Updated: 9 February 2017
There are many places in Toronto to enjoy poutine, Canada’s signature snack. You can find the standard fries, gravy and cheese curds dish just about anywhere, but this list will tell you where to find creative concoctions, elaborate innovations, and the very best of the best.
Poutine | © Culture Trip Toronto
Poutine | © Culture Trip Toronto


Build your own fantastic poutine creation at Poutineville. You can choose from dozens of cheeses, meats, gravies and cuts of French fry, for about the same price as the menu options. The ambiance is that of a gourmet French bistro, there’s a large, beautifully decorated dining room and bar, and a patio in the back. Specialties include pizza poutine and shepherd’s pie poutine for those looking for something outside the box.

Foodee | Courtesy of Poutini's House of Poutine
Foodee | Courtesy of Poutini’s House of Poutine

Poutini’s House Of Poutine

Poutini’s is just steps away from several of Queen St. West’s best establishments like the Drake Hotel and Stone’s Place, making it a great option for late-night sustenance. Five choices of format include a vegan option and The Works, which is decked out like a baked potato using bacon strips, sour cream and chives. Make sure you bring cash as it’s your only payment option, but there is an ATM. The line gets long in the post-bar hours, but it’s well worth the wait.

Lou Dawg’s

The poutine at Lou Dawg’s is the delicious result of the southern-style influence the restaurant is so famous for. The pulled pork is the centerpiece of the poutine menu, but the pulled chicken, brisket and veggie chili options are also popular. Lou’s poutine is a great combination of the classic Canadian treat and Deep South barbecue tradition.

Over Easy

The breakfast poutine at Over Easy is one of the most creative options around, and could be the best treatment out there if you went out last night and aren’t feeling so great in the morning. On a bed of signature home fries, you get chunks of off-the-bone baked ham, real bacon, poached eggs and hollandaise, and, of course, a bevy of cheese curds. It’s your favorite breakfast, in poutine form.

Smoke’s Poutinerie

Always a top choice, you can find Smoke’s poutine at any of its six downtown locations. The signature seasoning is so good, it’s no wonder Smoke’s has established itself as a perennial favorite across Canada and parts of the US. You are spoiled for choice of meats and other toppings, with no fewer than five menu options for each type of meat, and four vegetarian ones. Smoke’s also has better hours than most poutine dispensaries, so if that late-night craving hits, rest assured you can still get what you need.