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The Gravy-Soaked Heart of Dining in Toronto & Canadian Culinary Culture
20 Aug 2015
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The Gravy-Soaked Heart of Dining in Toronto & Canadian Culinary Culture

The Best Poutine Restaurants & Dining in Toronto

If you know what poutine is, you're mouth is probably already watering. The premise of Quebec's famously rustic dish is simple: French fries topped with fresh cheese curds and slathered in gravy. But don't let that fool you. Executing the perfect poutine is a true work of culinary art, a feat realized at only a handful of the most dedicated restaurants in Toronto. From the traditional to the wildly inventive, here are a few of our favorites:


Leslieville Pumps

929 Queen Street East

A Toronto treasure, the restaurant in this 24-hour gas station convenience store serves quite possibly the most honest, affordably priced poutine in town. Every ingredient gets extra love, from the 17-week aged potatoes and ever-squeaky curds, to the thick, rich gravy rendered from the smoker that never stops running. Go Traditional, or try the Loaded Poutine, topped with pork, brisket, and chicken.


Poutini's House of Poutine

1112 Queen Street West

Available as vegan and vegetarian plates, the poutine here cater to everyone. Locally sourced curds and an 8-hour gravy of reduced vegetables and bone elevate carnivorous offerings like The Works Poutine, topped with bacon, sour cream and chives.


Smoke's Poutinerie

218 Adelaide Street West

At the world's first all-poutine eatery, the point of pride is their customizable menu of over 30 globally inspired riffs on the Quebec classic. Chipotle pulled pork, Montreal smoked meat, perogies, and Italian sausage are just the tip of the rib-sticking iceberg. The combinations are endless.


Beast Restaurant

96 Tecumseth Street

For something entirely different, poutine here consists of French-fried potato gnocchi in place of traditional fries. The space is quaint, and dishes change daily, with one thing in common: they're absolutely delicious. Expect exotic toppings like rabbit, duck, moose, and lamb neck masala.

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