One of the best things Canada has to offer is our beloved poutine. The perfect balance of crisp fries, squeaky cheese curds and hot gravy makes it a national treasure, and with it slipping into the mainstream of food culture there are some 'not so authentic' takes on the dish.
But if you're craving an oh so authentic serving of poutine, like the one you had in Quebec the last time you were there, then here are some spots in Toronto that make it as real as it gets!
Poutini's House of Poutine
Where: 1112 Queen St. W // Queen West
The holy grail of all poutine spots in Toronto! Poutini's offers a few locations across the city, including this Liberty Village one, but they all never fail to serve up a perfectly authentic poutine every time!
Where: 707 Dundas St. W // Alexandra Park
This one will make you go nomnomnom! Their delicious poutine is enjoyed great as a classic original or as one of their specialty poutines spanning a variety of different toppings and ingredients.
Where: 116 Atlantic Ave. // Liberty Village (& Various Other Locations)
The Toronto classic. Smoke's Poutinerie can be found almost anywhere in the city, and that's the best part! Enjoy authentic poutine, with the option of specialty poutines from almost anywhere in the city.
Where: 929 Queen St. E // Leslieville
This gas station and general store is also an eatery, offering up some hearty food, including some of the best poutine you've ever had. This hidden gem makes its poutine with smoked gravy and premium squeaky Ontario cheese curds.
Mr. Tasty Fries
Where: 110 Queen St W // Downtown Core
This food truck serves up some of the best and classic poutine in the city by following the classic formula of perfect ingredients at the right ratio. The pricing is also amazing and the truck's location in Nathan Phillip's Square makes it central and easy to grab poutine on the go!
Fresco's Fish and Chips
Where: 201 Augusta Ave. // Kensington Market
Here you can grab the perfect poutine to pair with your battered fish, instead of opting for the basic chips on the side. This might be a fish n chips joint but their poutine is nonetheless still delicious and authentic.
Where: 178 Baldwin St. // Kensington Market
They've got all things fries here, which of course includes our beloved poutine! They serve up specialty fries and specialty poutines, and despite the specialty ingredients, the poutine has that classic taste like back in Quebec.
The Loose Moose
Where: 146 Front St. W // Downtown Core
A great place to chow down on some poutine is definitely at a pub. Pair your poutine with a pint of beer and enjoy one of the most authentic pub poutines the city has to offer.
Where: 80 Weston Rd. // Stockyards Village
Looking for a philthy good poutine? Well you can get that right here where the main twist is that your simple poutine is jazzed up and made even filthier, with more cheese curds and gravy!
Urbun Eats Co
Where: 874 Eglinton Ave. E // Leaside
This urban burger joint wouldn't be complete without a classic poutine. And by classic, this poutine is perfection. The best part is you can pair it with a juicy burger!
Amsterdam Brewhouse - On The Lake
Where: 245 Queens Quay W // Harbourfront
Brewhouse poutine will have your tastebuds wanting more at this Toronto brewery restaurant. Located on the lake, your super classic poutine can be paired with one of many freshly brewed beers, but if you had to choose one, be sure to opt for the poutine!