The Best Poutine in Montreal

The Best Poutine in Montreal

By: ACEScreen shot 2021-08-03 at 9.04.22 PM.pngMost early mornings in the back streets of Montreal, on the corner of Rachel Est and Boyer, you can find a collection of young adults gathering in anticipation of great food. No matter the weather outside, the place to be after a night out on the town is a small venue that serves poutine, where the price to pay for admission is usually a 30 to 60 minute wait. At first, I was shocked asking myself who would ever wait 60 minutes for food at three o'clock in the morning? I soon learnt the answer.

As an international student one of the first things I learnt about Canadians is that they love their poutine! For those of you who may be unaware of this Canadian delicacy, poutine stripped down to its core is composed of french fries, gravy, and cheese curd. Originally, poutine was invented in the late 1950's in the rural towns of Quebec. While many towns claim to be the proud inventors of the concoction there is no official record of the first origin. Today you can find poutine at many "greasy spoons" type diners and fast food restaurants all across Canada but many Montrealers claim that the Banquise is simply the best.

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After finally making your way to the bouncer (yes, this restaurant has a bouncer) you can find shelter in the crowded waiting area of the lobby. While often times this is a relief from the harsh weather conditions outside it is equally as frustrating being teased by the smell of the food being prepared to your left. After what feels like an entirety of waiting, you and your group of friends are finally seated. You are one step closer to your long awaited desires.They do serve hotdogs and hamburgers but almost everyone makes a meal out of the poutine. While most of what you endured to this point was a physical challenge the next step may be the biggest obstacle for a first time attendee.  After deciding on having a poutine you must choose from no less than 25 variations (Banquise, 2012)! Toppings range from meats such as turkey, bacon, beef and pork to additives such as hot peppers, Tabasco, and guacamole. If they don't have what you want premade they will make what you would like to order. The weirdest request I've seen to date was to add maple syrup and corn to a "Poutine Dan Dan" which already is a combination of pepperoni, bacon, and onions. Best of all you do not have to worry about making it there before it closes because it is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

After what may feel like a journey, when receiving your meal you finally understand why you were there. Although many may say that the path traveled is the adventure in itself I can guarantee you that the treasure of the end is worth its weigh in gold. The Banquise is a great place for both locals and tourist, the young and the old to come together and enjoy a greasy Canadian tradition.


Banquise. (2012, 1 1). La Banquise. Retrieved 5 15, 2012, from La Banquise:

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