Poutines may have gotten fancy over the years as the dish has gained international fame, but any Quebecer knows that if it’s not served in a takeout container at a casse-croûte, it’s just not as good. For visitors, a casse-croûte is a snack shack or casual diner typically serving regional fast food. And while there may be plenty across the province, there are some that stand a cut above the rest. Here are some notable greasy spoons worth the drive out of Montreal.Read More
10 Casse-Croûtes Worth a Drive from Montreal
Seek out these standout snack shacks
Le P'Tit Stop
Google may have it listed as Le P’tit Stop, but all the long time fans call it 100% Boeuf, as does its massive rooftop sign. But, regardless of the name, this stop along the 117 is a classic for burgers, fries, pogos, and one of the best poutines in the province. Plus, they even have a sugar pie made from the owner’s grandmother’s recipe. Whether heading in for après-ski or a mid-summer lunch, there’s always a crowd.
Restaurant Cal's Pizza
Greek-style pizza that features thick, chewy crust and lots of cheese takes center stage at this Val-Morin mainstay, but the menu is pretty extensive for a casse-croûte featuring overflowing subs, souvlaki, pastas, as well as the classics like burgers, hot dogs, and poutine. The real shocker on the menu, though, is the grilled chicken salad, which is truly not to be missed.
Casse-Croute Chez Claudette
You can’t miss this Esterel roadside fave with its yellow building and red roof. Locals love it for its variety of poutines (think traditional, sausage, beef, smoked meat), plus staples like burgers and hot dogs. As an added bonus, they open at 5 a.m., so they serve breakfast, too.
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Miss Patate (Closed Until Summer)
It’s rare to find alfalfa sprouts and special homemade mayo on a snack shack burger, but that’s how this Saint-Jovite hotspot does it, putting its burgers in a league of their own. The usual suspects like grilled cheese, hot dogs and poutine take their spots on the menu, alongside a veggie burger and veggie hot dog. This roadside stop is temporarily closed but will reopen for the summer season. It’s cash-only, so go prepared.
Cantine Ben La Bedaine
A Granby landmark for over 70 years with its notorious massive neon Ben on the side of the road, this family-run (three generations strong) spot dishes up a variety of poutines like sausage, bacon, and Italian alongside other staples like burgers, hot dogs, and onion rings. Another don’t-miss treat is the summertime ice cream bar.
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Restaurant Patate Ben-Venue
It’s all about the basics at this hangout in Mont-Tremblant (the greater city, not the ski village), which offers a concise menu of burgers, hot dogs, pogos, fries, onion rings and a gluten-free poutine.
This Saint-Eustache stop has an extensive menu featuring over 10 types of poutine, over 20 types of homemade pizza, and other favorites like wraps and chicken fingers.
This Saint-Jerome destination since 1945 boasts a little more swag than your typical casse-croûte with its vintage diner decor and neon sign outside. Serving breakfast (although they only open at 11 a.m.), lunch, and dinner, the menu includes eggs and omelets, classics like hot dogs and poutine, plus sandwiches, salads, steaks, and a few choices for dessert.
It’s hard to miss this Drummondville landmark with its large orange slice on the roof. Claiming to be the inventors of poutine in the late 1950s, they have temporarily renamed the signature dish in protest of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The menu continues to offer lots of inventive spins on the classic (think Mexican, Thai, wagyu beef) alongside an long list of pizza, salads, sandwiches, meat and fish plates, and breakfast, too, served from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. on weekdays and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekends.
A Lac Megantic staple for over 50 years, this cash-only, no-frills hangout dishes up all the classics like poutine, hot dogs, pogos, burgers, and BLTs.