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The seven best poutine spots in Toronto

Published On 09/05/2013 Published On 09/05/2013
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In a country (nay, a world) that thinks poutine only comes from Quebec, Toronto is gradually finding its way. The city's managed to collect a pretty amazing lineup of proudly mono-lingual curd & gravy spots -- we take a look at the best right here...

1. Smoke’s Poutinerie
With nearly 30 takes on the classic gravy & cheese curd combo, Smoke’s Poutinerie take their hand-cut, custom-seasoned fries, and generously throw on toppings to make numbers like the Montreal (w/ Montreal Smoked Meat & a dill pickle), the Bacon, and the Nacho (w/ salsa, sour cream, jala's, and guac).

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2. Poutini’s House of Poutine
In the heart of West Queen West, Poutini’s takes pride in the quality of their Classic, whose rich homemade gravy eliminates the need for frills. If you’re in the mood for a change, however, they'll sub out the fries and slather the curdy goodness on a baked potato instead.

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3. Utopia Cafe And Grill
Utopia lives up to its name by offering two gravy-laced twists -- the Gourmet Poutine, which blends sautéed 'shrooms, brightly flavoured goat cheese (in leiu of the classic curds); and their show-stopping Lamb Sausage number, loaded w/ sliced Merguez links and hunks of Brie.

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4. Lakeview
An anchor in the trendy 'hood of Dundas & Ossington, The Lakeview's classic poutine can be custom'd with "hangover cure" add-on's like maple sausages & cornflake chicken. You can also opt for menu highlights like the Lakeview (w/ two types of bacon), the Philly cheesesteak, or the gigantic Poutine-opolis platter, loaded with pulled pork & Montreal smoked meat.

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5. Big Smoke Burger
The crispy, thick-cut fries at Big Smoke are what pushed this traditional poutine into the best-of. If you’re a fan of the curd element, be sure to ask for extra since they tend to lean toward the light end of the cheese spectrum.

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6. Caplansky’s Deli
If you like your fries, gravy and cheese curds to be propped up with salty, tender smoked meat, check out Caplansky’s. What their poutine lacks in beauty, it more than makes up for in flavour and texture, and the fries (through some black magic) manage to stay crispy despite being smothered in a love-bath of gravy.

7. Fynn's of Temple Bar
So, here's the deal: Fynn’s is an Irish pub that serves Indian food, in Toronto. Their Tikka Masala poutine is the perfect confluence of all three cultures, blending Canadian food, Indian spices, and the Irish love of stuff happening in pubs. Also? It's delicious!

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1. Smoke's Poutinerie 218 Adelaide St W, Toronto, M5H 1W7

Smoke's is one of the first of its kind, serving up a menu exclusive to poutine, and with more than 30 core menu choices, as well as the option to build your own, you can't go wrong if you're jonesin' for poutine.

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2. Poutini's House of Poutine 1112 Queen St W, Toronto, M6J 1H9 (Queen St West)

Poutini's is all about freshness for the sake of flavor, whether you're talking about their hand-cut, skin-on fries, to their cheese from Maple Dale Farms, which is delivered every other day.

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3. Utopia Cafe & Grill 586 College St, Toronto, M6G 1B3 (Little Italy)

This chow spot may be near Little Italy, but it specializes in poutine, burgers, burritos, and sammies, making it a hotspot for whatever mood you might be in.

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4. The Lakeview Restaurant 1132 Dundas St W, Toronto, M6J 1X2 (Trinity Bellwoods)

The Lakeview will blow you away, not with a posh interior or gourmet cuisine, but with a menu loaded full of delicious comfort food and never-ending open hours with old-fashioned congeniality.

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5. Big Smoke Burger 573 King St W, Toronto, M5V 1M1 (Fashion District)

BSB might be a domineering burger joint by serving only Ontario AAA beef in a variety of burgers, but you can't overlook their poutine or their old fashioned milkshakes.

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6. Caplansky's Deli 356 College St, Toronto, M5T 1S6

Caplansky's serves up house-smoked, hand-cut meats in a number of classic deli sammies for lunch, as well as a number of dinner and breakfast options to satisfy your hunger any meal of the day.

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7. Fynn’s of Temple Bar 489 King St W, Toronto, M5V 1K4 (Toronto)

Lots of places in Toronto dish out decent poutine, but you haven't had the 'tine til you've dropped by Flynn's to try theirs, available with smoked brisket, pulled pork, tikka masala, and traditional style.