Best poutine in Toronto

A long-standing symbol of Canadian cuisine to the world at large, poutine is the signature dish of Quebecois culture. Fresh cheese curds, hand-cut potatoes, all topped with gravy will make any Canadian drool. Here are some of the best poutine dishes in Toronto. [Photo credit: courtesy of Smoke’s Poutinerie]


1112 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1H9

Poutini’s House of Poutine doesn’t skimp on the gravy. Layering all the toppings evenly, Poutini’s makes sure each poutine is packed with flavour. Toppings include BBQ pulled pork, smoked meat, vegan and roasted mushroom and onion.

The Lakeview

1132 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1X2

Enjoy poutine at every hour of the day and night at this popular Dundas West diner. The longstanding 24-hour restaurant offers an old-school diner ambiance — complete with retro milkshake machines and vinyl booths — and a dedicated poutine menu. Traditional offerings like pulled pork and smoked meat are served with your choice of beef or mushroom gravy. Feeling a bit more adventurous? Coney fries come topped with chili and sour cream while the disco breakfast will start your morning right thanks to the addition of a sunny-side up egg and maple sausage.

Smoke's Poutinerie

203 Dundas St E, Toronto, ON M5A 1Z4

Smokes Poutinerie takes its poutine seriously, making the dish with quality ingredients and inventive toppings. From prime beef to veggie nacho, with more than 20 options, they don’t mess around with the toppings. Smokes offers two sizes, snack and large, but either way it eats like a meal.

Prohibition Gastrohouse

696 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M 1G9

The Haute Poutine at Prohibition Gastropub is exactly what the name suggests. The upscale poutine is topped with duck confit, Quebec cheese curds, duck gravy, demi-glace and duck crackling! Underneath all those toppings you’ll find crispy hand-cut duck fat fries!

Nom Nom Nom Crepes

2-707 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M5T 2W6

Two French-Canadian classics: crepes and poutine are on the menu at NomNomNom! Located in a tiny shipping container at 707 Dundas, NomNomNom only uses homemade cheese curds and gravy straight from Quebec, giving its poutine authenticity. The toppings include smoked meat, chicken, brie and caramelized onions.

Holy Chuck

1450 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4T 1Y5

Holy Chuck’s poutine is not only delicious, it’s decedent. The freshly cut fries are mixed with fresh white truffles and topped with foie gras. Does it get more Canadian than that?

John & Sons

56 Temperance St, Toronto, ON M5H 3V5

John & Sons Oyster House has put a new spin on poutine by adding lobster into the mix. The chefs throw all the best bits in, with lobster claws and tails, all topped with Bromont white cheddar cheese curds and lobster béchamel. The fries are hand-cut Yukon Gold.

Fancy Franks Gourmet Hot Dogs

326 College, Toronto, ON M5T 1S3

It may be known for its hotdogs, but Fancy Franks offers a variety of poutines. The standout hasto be the Fancy Schmancy, topped with Korean beef ribs, fried eggs, grilled onions, squeaky curds, gravy and scallions. There are 11 to choose from.

Beast Restaurant Inc

96 Tecumseth St, Main, Toronto, ON M6J 2H1

As with most things on Beast’s menu, the chefs put a unique spin on the classic Canadian dish. The poutine is made with fried gnocchi, pulled pork, cheese curds and crème fresh. Found on the dinner menu, the poutine is rich and delicious!

Starter & Main

913 Queen St E, Main, Toronto, ON M4M 1J4

Leslieville Pumps takes its beef brisket up a notch by adding it to poutine. Stacked onto the hand-cut fries, cheese curds and homemade gravy, the beef is the star of the show!

Caplansky's Deli & Catering

356 College St, Toronto, ON M5T 1S6

What goes better with a smoked meat sandwich than a side of poutine? Caplanskys offers two types of poutine, one topped with its famous smoked meat and the latke variety. The latke poutine sees freshly baked and deep fried potato pancakes that are topped with cheese curds, smoked meat and gravy.

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