While it’s designed like an old school casse-croûte snack bar, Chez Tousignant is a far cry from the fast food joints of yore. Everything here is homemade, from the burgers’ potato buns to the 100% beef hot dogs, but with a real chef's touch thanks to Stefano Faita and Michel Forgione. The same care goes into making the poutine with fries cut daily in-house and fried to the perfect consistency, topped with well-sourced curds and coated with a gravy—with a slightly herbaceous and peppery kick to it—that’s made from scratch. The regular option’s always reliable, but the Galvaude doubles down on deliciousness with its take on Quebec’s hot chicken, mixing in chicken and peas.
UPDATE, December 2020: We've dived back into plate upon plate—or bowl upon bowl, depending on where you go—to bring you a new and improved selection of the best poutine in Montreal. Our previous list got laser-focused on specific takes on the classic dish, but now? We're looking at who's doing this French Canadian gift to the world justice through the basic building blocks of fries, gravy and curds with only minor exceptions for bells and whistles.
Eat it and weep: While the city loves to get up in arms over who's making the best bagels and the best smoked meat in Montreal, the best poutine in the city is the most hotly contested comfort food. Everyone's got their favourite spot, even if they know first-timers should eat at places like La Banquise, and every restaurant makes subtle tweaks and takes on what makes a good poutine: Fries that are crispy on the outside but soft on the inside, flavorful brown gravy and cheese curds that squeak against your teeth. As the city’s most popular dish, it's one of the best cheap eats year after year, and is the perenially perfect remedy to a night out at the city’s best bars.
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