Ah, poutine, the one dish we can eat any time of year but is especially enjoyable during a good ole’ Canadian winter. For the next two weeks, restaurants across Canada will participate in a poutine festival known as La Poutine Week and there are many Toronto spots participating.
Each year, Canadian restaurants from coast to coast dream up the most outlandish, most decadent, and most tasty poutines they can think of.
For the past decade, La Poutine Week has been both a regional competition for great poutine and a great excuse to support local restaurants. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that a portion of the proceeds goes to Quebec-based charities.
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There are dozens of poutine dishes to try around Toronto during the festival. Many of them come with toppings that are far more unconventional than cheese curds and gravy, including mac n’ cheese, buffalo chicken bites, hot dogs, pickles, and even shepherd’s pie.
Here are some of our favourites:
- The Mac Daddy — Meltwich Food Co
- Peter Piper’s Pickled Puckers — Frank and Furter’s
- The Queso-Rizo Poutine — Loaded Pierogi
- Woofdawg Hot Dog Poutine — Woofdawg Hot Dog
- Buffalo Chicken Poutine — 3 Brasseurs
- Loaded Mutton Poutine — Cucini Xpress
- Shepherd’s Pie Poutine — Arthurs Pub
To celebrate its 10-year anniversary, La Poutine Week has extended its runtime to two full weeks until February 14th. A romantic poutine on Valentine’s Day? Now there’s an idea we can get behind.