Widely believed to be invented by a trucker in Quebec and its name literally translating into ‘a mess’ from the French, poutine has been appropriated in various incarnations all across North America and possibly the world. Every location offering this messy dish of fries, cheese curds and gravy puts a twist on the traditional. Here are some of our favourite Vancouver offerings:
Here are some of our favourite Vancouver offerings:
Spud Shack in New Westminster
The ‘Night Market’ poutine is a one-of-a-kind creation featuring kimchi, ginger beef, crispy wontons, spicy mayo and a sprinkling of chopped green onions. Aptly named for the Asian night markets that the Vancouver suburbs are famous for, this one will make your head smoke and have you running for a bubble tea house for dessert.
Image via @spudshack
Edible Canada on Granville Island
Poutine taken to a foul level! Edible Canada is the go-to restaurant for foodie’s that relish Canadian ingredients combined in classic dishes. Try the duck poutine with fried egg topping in a cast iron skillet for brunch with a sparkling wine. Divine.
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Smoke’s Poutinerie in Downtown
Smoke’s makes no bones about being all about global domination with their poutine. The iconic recipe includes a smidgeon of rosemary in the chicken based gravy, squeaky cheese curds, and trans-fat free canola oil for the blanching. Veghead’s can also request veggie or peppercorn gravy.
Image via @smokes_poutinerie
La Brasserie in the West End
This chic Franco-German comfort food joint may have smaller portions than the other poutine purveyors, but what they lack in size they definitely make up for in flavour and boldness. Try their infamous truffle poutine for a taste bud tantalizing treat.
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Dunn’s Famous in Downtown
Dunn’s is a chain out of Montreal and is situated in the heart of downtown. Living near Dunn’s is trouble for the adventuresome fast-foodie, as they are creative poutine makers with an extra tasty gravy. Daily there are specials that range from smoked meat to avocado toppings. Pair with a $5 brew and lunch is served.
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La Belle Patate in the West End
The only recommended restaurant on the list that uses meat-free gravy, so vegetarians rejoice at the option. With over 30 types of poutine and an all-you-can-eat option, this place was made for Saturday morning gorging while waiting for the Extra Strength Tylenol to kick in.
Image via @bellepatateyvr Twitter
The Oakwood on West 4th
Served in a cast iron skillet, this super traditional dish is crafted from Kennebec potatoes with unique veal-bone gravy, cheese curds (all the way from Quebec) and topped with thick slices of hickory maple smoked brisket. Grab a local brew while you are at it and don’t get any on your favourite plaid flannel shirt.
Image via @theoakwood
Mean Poutine in Downtown
Mean Poutine may have begun as a little business for two big BC Lions football players but the Southern BBQ Poutine is all that and more. Open until 4:30am for those post-Granville strip nightclub munchies.
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The Wallflower Modern Diner on Main Street
Change it up and have your traditional poutine as a side to The Wallflower’s creamy beef stroganoff. A duo that will leave you reeling and completely satisfied. Always eager to satisfy the most demanding palette, the poutine is also available in a very popular vegan gluten free and version.
Image via @wallflowervancouver
Whether your taste in poutine ranges from vegan to extra-meaty, traditional to kimchi topped, we are sure you will find what your taste buds desire within this deep-fried and cheesy list.