Check out some of Halifax's best poutine

Poutine has become such a popular dish it seems as though every restaurant has it on their menu. This is great in terms of variety, but a lot of these poutines are mediocre poutines. With so many options within Halifax, it’s important to separate the good from the bad. This list includes only the best cheese, gravy and fries this city has to offer!

Willy's Fresh Cut Fries & Burgers

5239 Blowers St, Halifax, NS B3J 1J8

When poutine is the topic, Willy’s is frequently the first place locals think of. Located on Blowers Street, just down from the popular Pizza Corner, it is not uncommon to see a long late-night lineup of folks at its sidewalk order window, looking to get their late-night poutine fix. The poutine deserves its fame, as it’s truly delicious. The fresh-cut fries taste great, and it all comes together beautifully with generous helpings of gravy and cheese curds. Willy’s additional poutine toppings include pulled pork and house-made stuffing. Vegetarian gravy is an option for non-meat eaters.

Smoke's Poutinerie

5236 Blowers St, Halifax, NS B3J 1J7

Just across the street from Willy’s on Blowers Street, you’ll find the second most talked about poutine location in the city, Smoke’s Poutinerie. While the place is small, just a few counters and stools, the menu is anything but, consisting of nearly 30 poutine combinations. These delicious dishes feature hand-cut, yellow-fleshed fries, unique seasonings, fresh Quebec cheese curds and Smoke’s signature house-made gravy. Recommended poutines include the Chicken Inferno, which features chicken, jalapeno, sriracha and red pepper.

Alexandra's Pizza

1263 Queen St, Halifax, NS B3J 3L4

The city’s many pizza places often also serve a side menu that includes some sort of poutine. While a lot of them are not the greatest, Alexandra’s is a great place to visit when you’re craving a big pile of sinfully delicious poutine. For years, Alexandra’s has won a number of The Coast’s coveted Best Of Awards, a good number of these for poutine. The combination is simple here, including your basic French fries, cheese curds and gravy, but the combo is exceptionally delicious.

Cheese Curds

380 Pleasant St, Dartmouth, NS B2Y 3S5

Known for an amazing and original burger selection, Cheese Curds also makes a poutine that locals swear by. Order at the counter and grab a booth. You can customize your meal with a wide variety of poutine toppings. The Original Poutine features cheese curds and your choice of traditional or vegetarian gravy, but you can also add toppings such as barbecue pulled pork and Thai chili chicken. Pair your poutine with an awesome burger, and it’s guaranteed that you will leave happy and full.

Mezza Lebanese Pizza

1558 Barrington St, Halifax, NS B3J 1Z6

The very busy Barrington Street is home to many restaurants from fine dining to fast food. Mezza can be found in the middle of the hustle and bustle serving up Lebanese-inspired cuisine in a location that features counter and table service. Shawarma is a popular menu item, and here you can dine on chicken shawarma poutine that is highly addictive. Featuring your traditional poutine ingredients plus thinly sliced roasted chicken and feta cheese, this dish will keep you returning for more!


5680 Spring Garden Rd, Halifax, NS B3J 1H5

Krave is done up like a ’50s diner, but with a contemporary feel given the small TVs and charging stations at the tables. The burgers here are top-notch and the poutine simple yet appetizing. They use fresh cut fries, authentic Quebec cheese curds and gravy, and you can also add delicious pulled pork to the mix, for an extra charge. Word on the street is that Krave will serve your poutine with onion rings instead of fries. Onion rings covered in cheese and gravy? Mouth-wateringly amazing!

Island Greek

2150 Gottingen St, Halifax, NS B3K 3B4

Sometimes, you don’t want an extravagant, gourmet meal, but rather a guilty pleasure, usually something that isn’t exactly health food. Island Greek offers a large menu that consists of a lot of guilty pleasures, including pizza, donairs and, of course, poutine. Try original, Greek and donair poutines and substitute your fries for potato wedges if you’d like. A huge draw for customers is the restaurant’s Wednesday $3.99 large-poutine deal.

Xtreme Pizza

5970 Spring Garden Rd, Halifax, NS B3H 1Y7

Another great place to indulge in that guilty poutine pleasure is Xtreme Pizza. Located on Spring Garden Road, the decor isn’t fancy, consisting of booths and tables, but given its location, it is very popular with the university crowd. Xtreme serves a list of poutines, which includes chicken and donair poutines. While the food is far from gourmet, the poutine is pretty tasty, and this is a great spot to feed your hunger on a budget.

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