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Best Poutine in Montreal?

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Best Poutine in Montreal?

Hello everyone, I have a relatively serious culinary question for the locals!

Long story short, my partner and I love to eat while traveling, and our next destination is Quebec, mainly Montreal. Naturally, we want to indulge in the local delicacy, Poutine, in its full glory, so we're collecting some info about the best places for it. However, since we won't have time to visit many restaurants, we're a bit divided about the best one...

TripAdvisor suggests Montreal Poutine as the best place for it, but with a cumulative grade of 3.5, I'm not very convinced... After searching a bit further, I noticed that this website Taste Atlas suggests Casse-Croute La Banquise as the best place for Poutine...

So, I'd like to know if any of these places (or any other, naturally) are recommended by you or can be considered as the best places for the real deal Poutine. Thanks! :)
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iliketoeat wrote: La Banquise
+1 for La Banquise - It's where I go every time I'm in Montreal.

Ma Poule Mouille across the street (fantastic portuguese chicken) also makes a good Portuguese poutine (portuguese roast chicken, chorizo, cheese curds and spicy sauce
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Another vote for La Banquise.

Chez Claudette was also pretty good.
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Thank you all, I see that La Banquise is pretty much the favorite, so it goes to the top of the list for sure!
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Another vote for La Banquise. I ordered 2 large smoked meat poutines a couple of weekends ago and brought them back to Toronto and they still tasted fantastic. Their combination of cheese, smoked meat and gravy was heavenly.
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So I went to La Banquise last week, Im not a big fan of poutine, but I wanted to try it. So I went there, was a little line up, was pretty excited to try it. Was the worst food I have had in my 22 years of living, osmows is 100x better.
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nyznyz wrote: Thank you all, I see that La Banquise is pretty much the favorite, so it goes to the top of the list for sure!
i enjoy the toppings at la banquise... but i find the fries... average ..
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Ducky wrote: i enjoy the toppings at la banquise... but i find the fries... average ..
I haven't been there but I'm very picky about fries (has to be fried just right, just the right amount of crispiness and the right amound of softness, and not overly hard or overdone). What would the fries at this place be comparable too?
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Depends what kind of poutine you want. If you want a regular poutine with only fries, cheese and gravy, I would recommend either Chez Claudette or Greenspot. If you want some crazy toppings on top of your poutine, then la banquise would be the place to go. La banquise has good poutine but theres better places with no lineup if you just want to eat a normal poutine.
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La Banquise is a tourist attraction with a lot of variations of poutine. It's not a bad place by any means, it's just certainly not the best place.

@BanHorsePlague has some good suggestions with Chez Claudette and Greenspot. Poutineville is good too. I even like Montreal Poutine - their rating is more due to poor service and high prices but the poutine is decent. Call me simple, but my go-to poutine place is any Belle Province restaurant (they're all over the city).
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First question: you want a classic poutine or stuff in it? Places like La Banquise mostly thrive on having a large variety of poutines with various meats/veggies in them, but if you want a straight up fries+cheese+gravy, there's better places IMO. Kind of like how in NY there's places with really good pizzas with all kinds of toppings but also places that just do cheese (or maybe pepperoni) pizzas that are iconic.

I'm partial to the following places:
- Greenspot
- Orange Julep
- Montreal Pool Room (although this is more of a post 3am place for me)
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Even though they are know for the foie gras version, the normal poutine at Au Pied Du Cochon was by far the poutine I have enjoyed the most.
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Bon Apetit reviews 11 poutines in Montreal.

Green Spot
Paul Patates
Poutine Lafleur
La Banquise
Patati Patata
Chez Claudette
Le Roi du Smoked Meat
La Belle Province
Au Pied de Cochon
Chez Tousignant
Montreal Pool Room
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BanHorsePlague wrote: Depends what kind of poutine you want. If you want a regular poutine with only fries, cheese and gravy, I would recommend either Chez Claudette or Greenspot. If you want some crazy toppings on top of your poutine, then la banquise would be the place to go. La banquise has good poutine but theres better places with no lineup if you just want to eat a normal poutine.
I like just cheese and gravy on mine, so I guess I will give La Banquise a miss.
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bruenor9 wrote: So I went to La Banquise last week, Im not a big fan of poutine, but I wanted to try it. So I went there, was a little line up, was pretty excited to try it. Was the worst food I have had in my 22 years of living, osmows is 100x better.
i think my soul just died a little when i read Osmow's

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