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19 Must-Try Montreal Poutines

Here’s where to go for a mighty fine pile of gravy, fries, and cheese

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Do the cheese curds squeak just right? Did the gravy come from a box? Were the potatoes hand-cut? And just what kind of oil is in that fryer anyway? These are all vital questions when it comes to Quebec's most emblematic food export.

Some less tangible ingredients — history, a sense of place, and creativity (to a limit) — were also factored into the making of this map. Here are 19 spots worth checking out, from classic casse-croûtes to younger upstarts.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Chez Ma Tante

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3180 Rue Fleury E, Montréal-Nord
QC H1H 2R3, Canada
(514) 387-6984
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Among the city’s older poutine purveyors, Ahuntsic’s Chez Ma Tante is as reliable as they come (read: they do not skimp on the curds). Eat yours — with the requisite order of two steamés — on the picnic tables outside, or take them to go after ordering at the drive through.

2. La Pataterie

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3860 Rue Ontario E, Montréal
QC H1W 1S4, Canada
(514) 523-3202

Hochelaga’s casse-croûte of choice has a poutine worthy of the trek out east. Like La Pataterie itself, its take is decidedly fuss-free — just as many would argue this dish should be.

3. Casserole Kréole

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151 Rue de Castelnau E, Montréal
QC H2R 1P3, Canada
(514) 508-4844
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International twists on the Quebec diner dish are aplenty in the city — and one of the most beloved sees griot (pork cubes that have been braised and then fried) mixed in. This Haitian haunt, in Villeray, does it particularly well.

4. Chez Tousignant

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6956 Rue Drolet, Montréal
QC H2S 2T3, Canada
(438) 386-6368
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From the the folks behind Impasto, Pizzeria Gema, and Vesta, Chez Tousignant does some stellar burgers and hot dogs, but it wouldn't truly live up to its description as a Québécois casse-croûte without an exceptionally strong poutine.

5. Paulo & Suzanne

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5501 Gouin Blvd W, Montreal
QC H4J 1C8, Canada
(514) 336-5561
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Up north in Cartierville lies Paulo & Suzanne — and while Paulo never existed and Suzanne has moved on, the diner still dishes up all-day breakfast and a much-loved poutine, morning to night.

6. Chez Claudette

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351 rue Laurier Est, Montreal, Quebec
H2T 1G7, Canada
(514) 279-5173
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Those in the know skip La Banquise and head slightly north to old-school casse-croûte Chez Claudette — it’s cheaper, less crowded, and arguable even tastier.

7. La Banquise

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994 rue Rachel Est, Montreal, Quebec
H2J 2J3, Canada
(514) 525-2415
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Locals like to knock the city's best-known poutinerie for its long lines and tourist appeal, but it's still a great bet — especially if you’re partial to poutine gussied up with a variety of unconventional toppings. Plus, it’s open 24/7.

8. Ma Poule Mouillée

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969 Rachel, Montreal
QC H2J 2J4, Canada
(514) 522-5175
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Officially, it's a Portuguese rotisserie chicken haunt, but since opening in 2013, Ma Poule Mouillée has developed a devoted following for its poutine laden with chicken, chouriço, São Jorge cheese, and a special house sauce. Be warned: Even the "small" portion is quite large, and the line-ups frequently rival those at La Banquise across the street.

9. Au Pied de Cochon

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536 ave. Duluth Est, Montreal, Quebec
H2L 1A9, Canada
(514) 281-1114
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Martin Picard's twist on the poutine involves a hunk of foie gras on top. It has, over time, become a pilgrimage-worthy dish — and is often credited with expanding poutine’s culinary reputation beyond that of local diner fare.

10. Patati Patata

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4177 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal, Quebec
H2W 1Y7, Canada
(514) 844-0216

This compact, corner snack bar is as reliable as they come in Montreal. Its twist on the classic poutine uses skinny fries and puts a lone olive on top. Now with a second location at the Jean-Talon Market.

11. Décarie Hot Dog

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953 Boulevard Décarie, Saint-Laurent
QC H4L 3M3, Canada
(514) 748-7213
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A member of Montreal’s old guard of casse-croûtes, Décarie Hot Dog has been open for more than half a century in Ville Saint-Laurent. Head here for your fill of steamés, toastés, and gravy-drenched poutine taken to go.

12. Montreal Pool Room

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1217 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal
QC H2X 2S5, Canada
(514) 954-4487

More than a century old, Montreal Pool Room hasn't had pool tables for many years, but it still serves a great poutine in the Red Light District (even if it moved across the street back in 2010). Try a steamé while you're at it.

13. Gibeau Orange Julep

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7700 boul. Decarie, Montreal
H4P 2H4, Quebec
(514) 738-7486

You can debate the culinary merit of Orange Julep's poutine, but there's no zanier or more iconic place to get your grease on in Montreal.

14. Greenspot

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3041 rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montreal, Quebec
H4C 1N9‎, Canada
(514) 931-6473
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From Formica surfaces to out-of-order tabletop jukeboxes, this St-Henri fixture has mercifully changed little over the decades — and the same goes for its quintessential poutine.

15. Restaurant A.A

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3702 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H4C 1P7, Canada
(514) 933-9009

Even purists should make an exception to try Italian poutine, which smothers cheese curds and fries in a bolognese-like meat sauce. This late-night favourite does the dish justice.

16. Paul Patates

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760 rue Charlevoix, Montreal, Quebec
H3K 2Y2, Canada
(514) 937-2751
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Once rough-and-tumble, Pointe-St-Charles is certainly changing, but the neighbourhood still has Paul Patates, a casse-croûte dishing homemade spruce beer, steamés, and an archetypal poutine.

17. Pierrette Patates

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3900 rue de Verdun, Verdun, Quebec
H4G 1K9, Canada
(514) 766-2138
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Pierrette Patates serves a style of poutine undiluted by food trends: Expect the classic blue-collar Québécois food in a part of Verdun not yet totally overrun by gentrification.

18. Casse-Croûte Normand

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4826 Rue de Verdun, Verdun
QC H4G 1N1, Canada
(514) 439-8285
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This neighbourhood joint has flown somewhat under the radar among non-Verdunites, but it’s been slinging satisfying poutine for nearly 60 years. Its menu is lengthy, featuring plates of fries, gravy, and cheese topped with everything from ground beef to peas.

19. Smoke Meat Pete

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283 1ère Ave, L'Île-Perrot
QC J7V 5A1, Canada
(514) 425-6068
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Smoked Meat Pete may be known for its namesake offering, but the poutine is another reason to make it out west to Île-Perrot. Have it done classic or topped with smoked meat — there’s no wrong choice.

1. Chez Ma Tante

3180 Rue Fleury E, Montréal-Nord, QC H1H 2R3, Canada

Among the city’s older poutine purveyors, Ahuntsic’s Chez Ma Tante is as reliable as they come (read: they do not skimp on the curds). Eat yours — with the requisite order of two steamés — on the picnic tables outside, or take them to go after ordering at the drive through.

3180 Rue Fleury E, Montréal-Nord
QC H1H 2R3, Canada

2. La Pataterie

3860 Rue Ontario E, Montréal, QC H1W 1S4, Canada

Hochelaga’s casse-croûte of choice has a poutine worthy of the trek out east. Like La Pataterie itself, its take is decidedly fuss-free — just as many would argue this dish should be.

3860 Rue Ontario E, Montréal
QC H1W 1S4, Canada

3. Casserole Kréole

151 Rue de Castelnau E, Montréal, QC H2R 1P3, Canada

International twists on the Quebec diner dish are aplenty in the city — and one of the most beloved sees griot (pork cubes that have been braised and then fried) mixed in. This Haitian haunt, in Villeray, does it particularly well.

151 Rue de Castelnau E, Montréal
QC H2R 1P3, Canada

4. Chez Tousignant

6956 Rue Drolet, Montréal, QC H2S 2T3, Canada

From the the folks behind Impasto, Pizzeria Gema, and Vesta, Chez Tousignant does some stellar burgers and hot dogs, but it wouldn't truly live up to its description as a Québécois casse-croûte without an exceptionally strong poutine.

6956 Rue Drolet, Montréal
QC H2S 2T3, Canada

5. Paulo & Suzanne

5501 Gouin Blvd W, Montreal, QC H4J 1C8, Canada

Up north in Cartierville lies Paulo & Suzanne — and while Paulo never existed and Suzanne has moved on, the diner still dishes up all-day breakfast and a much-loved poutine, morning to night.

5501 Gouin Blvd W, Montreal
QC H4J 1C8, Canada

6. Chez Claudette

351 rue Laurier Est, Montreal, Quebec, H2T 1G7, Canada

Those in the know skip La Banquise and head slightly north to old-school casse-croûte Chez Claudette — it’s cheaper, less crowded, and arguable even tastier.

351 rue Laurier Est, Montreal, Quebec
H2T 1G7, Canada

7. La Banquise

994 rue Rachel Est, Montreal, Quebec, H2J 2J3, Canada

Locals like to knock the city's best-known poutinerie for its long lines and tourist appeal, but it's still a great bet — especially if you’re partial to poutine gussied up with a variety of unconventional toppings. Plus, it’s open 24/7.

994 rue Rachel Est, Montreal, Quebec
H2J 2J3, Canada

8. Ma Poule Mouillée

969 Rachel, Montreal, QC H2J 2J4, Canada

Officially, it's a Portuguese rotisserie chicken haunt, but since opening in 2013, Ma Poule Mouillée has developed a devoted following for its poutine laden with chicken, chouriço, São Jorge cheese, and a special house sauce. Be warned: Even the "small" portion is quite large, and the line-ups frequently rival those at La Banquise across the street.

969 Rachel, Montreal
QC H2J 2J4, Canada

9. Au Pied de Cochon

536 ave. Duluth Est, Montreal, Quebec, H2L 1A9, Canada

Martin Picard's twist on the poutine involves a hunk of foie gras on top. It has, over time, become a pilgrimage-worthy dish — and is often credited with expanding poutine’s culinary reputation beyond that of local diner fare.

536 ave. Duluth Est, Montreal, Quebec
H2L 1A9, Canada

10. Patati Patata

4177 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal, Quebec, H2W 1Y7, Canada

This compact, corner snack bar is as reliable as they come in Montreal. Its twist on the classic poutine uses skinny fries and puts a lone olive on top. Now with a second location at the Jean-Talon Market.

4177 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal, Quebec
H2W 1Y7, Canada

11. Décarie Hot Dog

953 Boulevard Décarie, Saint-Laurent, QC H4L 3M3, Canada

A member of Montreal’s old guard of casse-croûtes, Décarie Hot Dog has been open for more than half a century in Ville Saint-Laurent. Head here for your fill of steamés, toastés, and gravy-drenched poutine taken to go.

953 Boulevard Décarie, Saint-Laurent
QC H4L 3M3, Canada

12. Montreal Pool Room

1217 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC H2X 2S5, Canada

More than a century old, Montreal Pool Room hasn't had pool tables for many years, but it still serves a great poutine in the Red Light District (even if it moved across the street back in 2010). Try a steamé while you're at it.

1217 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal
QC H2X 2S5, Canada

13. Gibeau Orange Julep

7700 boul. Decarie, Montreal, H4P 2H4, Quebec

You can debate the culinary merit of Orange Julep's poutine, but there's no zanier or more iconic place to get your grease on in Montreal.

7700 boul. Decarie, Montreal
H4P 2H4, Quebec

14. Greenspot

3041 rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montreal, Quebec, H4C 1N9‎, Canada

From Formica surfaces to out-of-order tabletop jukeboxes, this St-Henri fixture has mercifully changed little over the decades — and the same goes for its quintessential poutine.

3041 rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montreal, Quebec
H4C 1N9‎, Canada

15. Restaurant A.A

3702 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, QC H4C 1P7, Canada

Even purists should make an exception to try Italian poutine, which smothers cheese curds and fries in a bolognese-like meat sauce. This late-night favourite does the dish justice.

3702 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H4C 1P7, Canada

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16. Paul Patates

760 rue Charlevoix, Montreal, Quebec, H3K 2Y2, Canada

Once rough-and-tumble, Pointe-St-Charles is certainly changing, but the neighbourhood still has Paul Patates, a casse-croûte dishing homemade spruce beer, steamés, and an archetypal poutine.

760 rue Charlevoix, Montreal, Quebec
H3K 2Y2, Canada

17. Pierrette Patates

3900 rue de Verdun, Verdun, Quebec, H4G 1K9, Canada

Pierrette Patates serves a style of poutine undiluted by food trends: Expect the classic blue-collar Québécois food in a part of Verdun not yet totally overrun by gentrification.

3900 rue de Verdun, Verdun, Quebec
H4G 1K9, Canada

18. Casse-Croûte Normand

4826 Rue de Verdun, Verdun, QC H4G 1N1, Canada

This neighbourhood joint has flown somewhat under the radar among non-Verdunites, but it’s been slinging satisfying poutine for nearly 60 years. Its menu is lengthy, featuring plates of fries, gravy, and cheese topped with everything from ground beef to peas.

4826 Rue de Verdun, Verdun
QC H4G 1N1, Canada

19. Smoke Meat Pete

283 1ère Ave, L'Île-Perrot, QC J7V 5A1, Canada

Smoked Meat Pete may be known for its namesake offering, but the poutine is another reason to make it out west to Île-Perrot. Have it done classic or topped with smoked meat — there’s no wrong choice.

283 1ère Ave, L'Île-Perrot
QC J7V 5A1, Canada

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