Squeak squeak. Did you hear that? It’s the sound of your new favourite food holiday!
This Wednesday, we’re celebrating a Canadian staple first served in Canada in Drummondville, Quebec. (Can you name the restaurant? It’s in our list, but no peeking yet!) That’s right, the poutine!
Named to be close to the word pudding, but Quebecois slang for a mess, this dish of fries, gravy and squeaky cheese curds may be made around the world now, and under funky names like Disco Fries, but anyone who’s ever lived a red plaid, toque-topped Canadian winter complete with a chesterfield and a hockey stick knows this dish is truly ours.
We’re still waiting for the day someone figures out how to integrate ketchup chips.
Until then, here are 10 restaurants across Canada who have taken the beloved classic and created true masterpieces sure to take anyone’s taste buds for a rip. Pitter patter!
Keith’s Diner (Saint John’s, NL)
Open since 1963, The Wards and their team at Keith’s Diner have been serving family recipes using locally sourced ingredients, including a poutine that calls to us just by its name.
Enter the Finger & Chips Poutine (pictured), combining two of your favourite warm comfort foods into one delicious dish.
You’re going to need more napkins, and maybe a nap.
419 Main Road, Goulds, NL, A1S 1A2.
BOOMburger (Charlottetown, PEI)
Known for their fresh burgers and dedication to island ingredients, BOOMburger is, well, BOOMING poutine up a few notches while still hanging onto that amazing island flavour.
Introducing the BOOM Poutine, made with COWS Cheese Curfs, fresh PEI potato made fries and your choice of smoked bacon, grilled mushrooms, grilled onions, PEI beef or all of the above!
9 Milky Way, Charlottetown, PE, C1E 2E2.
Willy’s Fresh Cut (Halifax, NS)
Home to hand-cut fries and handmade burgs made from Nova Scotia-farmed ingredients, Willy’s Fresh Cut knows their poutine.
Enjoy one smothered in vegetarian gravy ordered in your choice of steak, ground beef, pulled pork, pepperoni or donair (with onion and tomatoes). Bacon, fried mushroom and onion add-ons are also available.
5239 Blowers Street, Halifax, NS, B3J 1J8. @willysfreshcut
Cheese Curds Gourmet Burgers (Multiple Locations, NS & NB)
They loved the curd so much, they named a joint after it. Making from-scratch meals with as little environmental impact as possible, the team at the family-run Cheese Curds wanted to make their burger and fry specialties a chef-inspired, gourmet experience.
Indulge in one of their many specialty poutines like Acapulco (Mexican-Spiced), Thai Chili Chicken, Ukranian Perogi, Hog Heaven (Slow-Braised Pulled Pork), even Vegetarian.
Le Roy Jucep (Drummondville, QC)
The trademarked “Inventor of Poutine,” Le Roy Jucep was founded by Jean-Paul Roy who first started serving fries and a “special sauce” in the 1950’s. Taking over Orange Jucep, a Boulevard Saint-Joseph Dairy Bar, Roy continued plating his otherwise nameless “cheese, potatoes, sauce” menu selection, eventually abbreviating it to poutine, to be similar to pudding.
Roy also had a cook known as Ti-Pout, further guiding the final pronunciation and spelling of the name.
Taste the history, right down to the original secret spice recipe and Roy Jucep sauce when you order poutine from Le Roy Jucep.
1050 Boul. Saint-Joseph, Drummondville, Quebec, J2C 2C6. @royjucep
The Enchanted Poutinerie (North York, Toronto, ON)
Making “cheating on your diet delicious), The Enchanted Poutinerie has had over 20 custom-crafted poutine recipes.
Top favourites include Jerk Chicken, Lobster, Chicken Shawarma, Classic Vegan and the oh so colourful Unicorn Poutine (pictured)!
Feeling REALLY adventurous? Order the Enchanted Poutine DESSERT.
730 Wilson Avenue, North York, ON, M3K 1E2. @enchanted.poutinerie
Joe Beeverz (Brandon, MB)
An edible celebration of “awesomeness,” the team at Joe Beeverz wanted to bring their love and passion for wings, beer and poutine to the forefront with creativity and flavour. They even once broke the Guinness World Record for the largest poutine serving at 1,949 lbs.
Try one of Joe Beever’s 16 poutines including Perogy, Hangover (Eggs & Bacon), Philly Cheese Steak, Montreal Smoked Meat and even a Christmas Poutine (Roasted Chicken, Cranberry Sauce & Stuffing)!
20 – 1300 18th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 6X7. @joe_beeverz
Pink Cadillacs Malt Shop & Diner (Saskatoon, SK)
A 50’s inspired establishment with two locations, Pink Cadillacs diner brings guests groovy rock ‘n’ roll tunes, nostalgic décor and classic homestyle cooking.
Boogie on over for one of their custom shakes and a poutine with your choice of crispy chicken or pulled pork.
113-412 Willowgrove Square, Saskatoon, SK, S7W 0T2. @pinkcadillacsdiner
2950 McClocklin Road, Saskatoon, SK, S7R 0J1
La Poutine (Edmonton, AB)
An Albertan poutine lover’s dream, La Poutine’s entire food menu is dedicated to, you guessed it, poutine!
From The Traditional (complete with Quebec curds) to The P.B. (pictured w/ smokey bacon, maple PB + J drizzle & crushed peanuts), The Big Mack to the Edgy Veggie, there’s a poutine for every taste.
You can even pick up La Poutine Lip Balm!
8720 109 Street, Edmonton, AB, T6G 1E9. @la_poutine_
La Belle Patate (Vancouver, BC)
Vancouver’s home to authentic Quebecois cuisine, Le Belle Patate always ensures two things when it comes to poutine; customer satisfaction and cheese curd squeaks.
You may need to make a few (ie. many) visits as there are over 30 poutines to choose from!
Shepherd’s Pie, Mexicana, Breakfast, Extreme, Italian, Donair, Steak & Pepperoni, Galvaude Choux Choux, Canadian Maple and even one called The Boss (but we won’t give that one away).
How will you ever choose?!
1215 Davie Street, Vancouver, BC, V6E 1N4. @labellepatateyvr