This is a Hipmunk post from Jodi Ettenberg of Legal Nomads
Born and raised in Montreal, I have very strong opinions about poutine. Our unofficial provincial dish, poutine is sold from tiny roadside stalls to fancy restaurants, with variations like fois gras and lobster and Montreal-style spicy smoked meat. We love it so much that we even make it into ice cream!
Which is why it’s with great shock that I have to confess the best poutine I’ve ever eaten (And I’ve eaten many) … was in Ottawa and not in Montreal. When I announced this last week, people were appalled. “The best poutine in ONTARIO? Impossible.” But I assure you it isn’t.
Just take a look for yourselves:
As a Montrealer, I’m not sure how I can recover from seeing Quebec’s dish cooked to perfection by a neighbouring province. This iteration was made with spatzle potatoes, smoked ham hock, perfectly thick-but-not-too-thick gravy and Glengarry fresh cheese curds. At $11 a dish, it’s also one of the most expensive, but it was too good not to share.
Those of you making a trip to Ottawa shouldn’t miss it. I’m glad friends took me to dinner at this restaurant, else I would have too!
Where to get it: Murray Street Charcuterie & Bar, 110 Murray Street, Ottawa, Ontario. Tel: 613-562-7244.
Where have you eaten the best poutine of your lives?