Celebrate Poutine Week 2017 in Montreal: Our top 25

Montreal and its Poutine Week are celebrating their wood anniversary. Yep, five years already! But don’t worry, you won’t be finding bits of bark in your food; instead you’re in for a ton of flavour and surprisingly delicious ingredients! From 1 to 7 February 2017, no less than 100 restaurants – including 50 in Montreal – will be offering decadent poutine for the occasion. Here’s our top 25. [Photo credit: PoutineWeek]

Deville Dinerbar

1
1425, rue Stanley, Montréal, QC H3A 1P4

Your liver is definitely going to remember your visit to this place: the special poutine for the event involves fried chicken, beef ribs in honey and a whiskey glaze. Good luck!

Chez Chose

2
1879, rue Bélanger, Montréal, QC H2G 1B6

The dish that awaits you here is called “The Sinner” and here’s what's in it: fries, Sept-Îles shrimp, smoked char, seal tataki, Béchamel sauce, jalapeños, cheese curds, coleslaw and lobster oil. Now you know why it’s called The Sinner!

Vices & Versa Bistro Du Terroir Inc

3
6631, boul Saint-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2S 3C5

It’d be hard to get more traditional than the trad Poutine at Vices & Versa. Added to the fries are a meatball stew, oreilles de crisse (of the deep fried pork jowl variety!) and pickled beets. What more do you want? A square dance perhaps?!

La Bêtise

4
6015, rue Saint-Hubert, Montréal, QC H2S 2L8

Here, the fries are replaced with tater tots and everything else is replaced with pieces of lobster, bacon and a poutine sauce... also à la lobster. Get the picture?

Restaurant Taberna

5
368, rue Saint-Paul O, Montréal, QC H2Y 2A6

Okay, so clearly we’re talking about a Portuguese poutine here, with piri-piri chicken, chouriço (cured sausage), grilled cheese curds and São Jorge cheese.

Pub Brewskey

6
350, rue Saint-Paul E, Montréal, QC H2Y 1H2

The Big Easy features in the photo at the top of this list, and for good reason. Taking inspiration from the southern United States, this poutine will not leave you hungry. Here we go: buttermilk fried chicken, cheese curds, smoked corn, peas, Fresno Chili, marinated tomatoes, sour cream, a beef stock and beer-based sauce, Yukon Gold chips, sweet potatoes and homemade cornbread with jalapeños. You may want to advise your doctor beforehand.

Brouhaha Maison Des Brasseurs

7
5860, av de Lorimier, Montréal, QC H2G 2N9

Known for its poutiflette, Brouhaha now presents its Colonel Hathi poutine, with beef, Indian spices, onions, almonds, pumpkin seeds, homemade duck sauce, Saint-Guillaume cheese curds and – wait for it – cranberries. You didn’t see that twist coming, did you?!

Lola Rosa Milton

8
545, rue Milton, Montréal, QC H2X 1W5

The “Bella” poutine is made with braised Cipollini onions, porcini mushroom sauce and homemade vegan cheese curds (made with cashew nuts). All of this over lovely Yukon Gold chips.

La Champagnerie

9
343 rue Saint-Paul E, Montréal, QC H2Y 1H3

Now we head uptown, with the Wagyu Philly Steak Poutine à la Champagnerie, which is made, perhaps unsurprisingly, with Wagyu beef, fried clams, gruyère cheese, onions, roasted peppers, cheese curds... and foie gras.

Le Trèfle - Taverne Irlandaise

10
3971, rue Ontario E, Montréal, QC H1W 1T1

Because Irish poutine is a thing. We humbly present... the Bhuntàta! It's made with morsels of fish and chips, mature cheddar and a colcannon that you won’t find anywhere else in the world. What’s a colcannon, you say? Well, it’s a traditional Irish dish, made of cabbage and/or mashed potatoes and butter.

Brasseur de Montréal

11
1485, rue Ottawa, Montréal, QC H3C 1S9

Polish the cutlery and dress up nice for the Poutine royale. It’s a dish for two, and it needs to be, with its braised boar shank, confit duck leg sauce and foie gras Black Watch beer sauce (with shallots, rosemary and blueberry jam). Don’t forget to greet the crowd along the way.

Notre-Boeuf-de-Grâce

12
5732, rue Sherbrooke O, Montréal, QC H4A 1W8

May we present to you the Croque-Poutine-De-Grâce, with home-cut fries, caramelized onions, jalapeños, homemade croquettes stuffed with Medjool dates, goat’s cheese and herbs and a veggie poutine sauce.

Monsieur Restaurant + Bar

13
1102, rue de Bleury, Montréal, QC H2Z 1N4

A little poutine tagine, anyone? Here, the classic poutine is reworked and updated with braised and shredded Quebec chicken, lemon confit and green olive sauce, cheese curds, coriander and fried shallots.

Taverne F

14
1485, rue Jeanne-Mance, Montréal, QC H2X 2J4

Order the Bitoque poutine, and you’ll receive homemade fries, covered in beef sirloin with thyme and garlic-infused olive oil, a sunny-side up egg, a white wine and Portuguese São Jorge cheese sauce and fresh cheese curds.

Le Bird Bar

15
1800, rue Notre-Dame O, Montréal, QC H3J 1M5

Calling all geeks: the Birdbar Poutine version 2.0 awaits you, with its popcorn chicken, jalapeño peppers and pickled corn, fried onions, pogo wagyu strips, tomato chutney and a spicy mustard sauce.

Mad Hatter Pub

16
1240 rue Crescent, Montréal, QC H3G 2A9

With its grilled chorizo, grilled chicken breast, green and red peppers, sautéed onions, fried chicken drumsticks (because evidently the breast wasn’t enough), a mix of Creole spices, cheese curds and homemade chicken sauce (!), the Jambalaya poutine will make you want to remain “underground.”

Hà Mont-Royal

17
243, av du Mont-Royal O, Montréal, QC H2T 2T2

Their Poutine will definitely put smile on your face, with its chips, curry sauce with lime leaf, pork dumplings, Vietnamese shrimp, and, we quote: “squick-squick cheese.”

Das Bier

18
5889, av Papineau, Montréal, QC H2G 2W5

This is an Oktoberfest poutine, which, needless to say, will be served with French fries in duck fat, Oktoberfest sausage, cheese curds, beer sauce, potatoes (that’s the healthy bit), bacon and sauerkraut. Guten Appetit!

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