The Star of Quebec: Celine Dion Poutine

Lus March 29, 2010 12

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Poutine: The Perfect Hangover Cure

Type of Cuisine: French Quebec a.k.a. Québecois

Where did you have it: Québec, but to my surprise when I was younger I also had it at Jay Peak Sky Resort. Which was strange because it used to strictly be a Quebec dish not known in many other places in Canada, not to mention the USA. Nowadays however you can find this comfort food just about anywhere from Toronto at Various Locations, Vancity at Fritz European Fry House to NYC at TPoutine. I guess a good dish doesn’t stay obscure for long!

Poutine Mountain

Poutine Mountain

How much?: In Quebec you can usually expect to pay anywhere  from $5 to $10, higher end places like Au Pied Du Cochon make a “Poutine au Foie Gras” that will run you $23, which is a quintuple bi-pass waiting to happen as opposed to your run of the mill poutine which is only a double bi-pass.

Standard Honest to Goodness Poutine

Standard Honest to Goodness Poutine

Poutines come in various different stylings, you can have it Italian style with a bolognese sauce, you can add chopped bacon, hot dogs, the sky’s the limit! La Banquise, a 24 hour poutine joint in Montreal is known for having the most extensive range of poutine toppings around. If you can’t find your favorite here, then this dish simply isn’t for you.

Rate it 1 to 10: 10 out of  a possible 10

This is the best, late night, drank too much, and now your vision is blurred because of it, type of food, it’s heavy, greasy and will fill your stomach and absorb all the liquor you’ve ingested. It’s the perfect way to end a debacherous night out.  It also makes a great comfort food.

At all costs however don’t make it a staple of your diet otherwise you will expire before the due date if you know you what I mean!

When done right, this dish kicks some serious butt and is as popular in Quebec as a dish can get! If you haven’t tried it, then I highly recommend trying it at least once.

Think about it: Fries +Cheese + Gravy… how can it miss?

My personal favorite, is a standard poutine with chopped smoked meat on top.

Smoked Meat Sandwich

Smoked Meat Sandwich



  1. Mimi March 29, 2010 at 10:10 pm -

    I am an addict of poutine. I once had this dish 4 times in one weekend.
    I love the smoke meat poutine at Le Fameux, on the corner of Mount-Royal and St-Denis. Great post!

  2. Lus March 30, 2010 at 6:09 pm -

    I am an addict of poutine. I once had this dish 4 times in one weekend.

    I can vouch for this, I now carry a defibrillator in the trunk of my car… :\

  3. olivier April 1, 2010 at 1:23 pm -

    You forgot to mention that a classic poutine must have cheese curds. All other types of cheese is unacceptable. Shredded mozzarella or even worse American cheese = FAIL

  4. Lus April 1, 2010 at 4:17 pm -

    good point! but good cheddar cheese is a very very good substitute!

  5. olivier April 1, 2010 at 8:47 pm -

    Most cheese curds are made from cheddar so you are right that cheddar is a good substitute. I just prefer the rubbery consistency of curds contrasting against the fries. Also, since curds don’t melt as fast as other types of cheese, the gravy keeps its integrity. When the cheese is completely melted into the hot gravy, it’s a hot mess!

  6. Lus April 2, 2010 at 8:52 am -

    Ah, that’s where I come in, I prefer the hot mess! 😀

  7. Lus October 5, 2010 at 1:30 pm -

    EPIC Poutine last weekend!
    Here’s a pic!

  8. curtis August 26, 2011 at 4:11 pm -

    I love this food as well…..

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