The Best Poutine I’ve Ever Eaten

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?

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In Quebec, we love our poutine so much we make it into ice cream

This is a Hipmunk guest post from Jodi Ettenberg

I’m a big fan of poutine, that goopy bowl of deliciousness that my province is known for. Poutine stands are popping up all over the place, from New York to Portland, Oregon to Bangkok. Made with fries (preferably double fried), cheese curds (preferably those that squeak when you chew them) and sauce brune (a chicken and beef gravy), the dish was a staple growing up in Montreal.

I’m back in town this summer and recently found a new version of poutine, one I hadn’t seen before. The ice cream version:

Made with vanilla soft-serve and served with mini marshmallows, caramel popcorn, chocolate wafer cookies, the concoction was topped with caramel syrup instead of gravy. While it looks like a sweet version of the classic, it’s actually a full-fledged dessert. And delicious.

Of course, one can’t get ice cream poutine without going for the real thing. Here’s the precursor to our dessert:

Perfect meal for a cold, rainy day.

Where to find it: Cantine Route 139, 32 Rue Principale Nord, Sutton, Quebec.

Why haven’t you booked your flight to Montreal? Sutton is a quick drive away!

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