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Poutine La Banquise

181 Rue Saint Paul Est, Montréal, QC H2Y 1G8, Canada
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Poutine in Montreal Montreal  Canada
Much Ado About Cheese Curds Montreal  Canada
Poutine! Montreal  Canada
Poutine in Montreal Montreal  Canada
Much Ado About Cheese Curds Montreal  Canada
Poutine! Montreal  Canada

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Sun - Wed 11am - 11pm
Thur 11am - 12am
Fri, Sat 11am - 2:30am

Poutine in Montreal

Poutine is the stuff of legends, much to the chagrin of many Canadians. It is the one food non-Canadians seem to know the most about, and a snack of this heavy dish is at the top of the list for most visitors to Montreal. Even though it can be found throughout Canada, poutine got its start in Quebec back in the 1950s and truly is a collage—some would say train wreck—of ingredients.

The classic recipe is simple, really: french fries topped with brown gravy and curd cheese. But this simple explanation really doesn’t do it justice. Like many other comfort foods, poutine may not be the healthiest dish, but there is just something satisfying about the experience. I love sharing a big bowl amongst friends, each armed with a fork scouting out the best fries and melty cheese curds as the gravy drips drop by drop into the bowl below. There are a thousand varieties of poutine, including BBQ, lobster, and even foie gras, but there’s nothing like the simple original version.

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almost 8 years ago

Much Ado About Cheese Curds

I'm almost ashamed to admit to you how many times I visited La Banquise during one four-day trip to Montreal. Almost ashamed, but generally very proud to announce that I managed to put away the Classique on five separate occasions. Please don't tell my mother.

A Montreal institution since 1968, La Banquise is open 24 hours a day and is always exceptionally busy, no matter what time you stumble in or waddle out. The menu is extensive, but I can never quite bring myself to shy away from this old standard, the ultimate Canadian comfort food.
almost 8 years ago


In terms of food, Montreal is known for poutine and smoked meat sandwiches. Of course there are plenty of other great food to be had in the city and I was so sad we couldn't snag a table at Au Pied De Cochon. Although we did have a great dinner at a local spot I read about in AFAR. Ok, back to poutine. The place to have poutine is the famous La Banquise. There was a little wait when we went but it wasn't terrible. And when we did dive into our respective plates of poutine it was totally worth it!