|This photo is the #1 way people found my travel blog. Poutine blogging legacy.|
As we can all see, I'm way behind on the documentation of Cross Canada Crimez. Maybe I'll get to it but, as many of you know, I'm now a mom of a 5 month old kid. (Don't worry, she's not biologically my daughter; I would have eaten at least twice as much poutine if I knew I was growing a little Canadian in my womb. And had at least 90% less beer.).
Since the NYT decided that Canada is the #1 place to be this year, tourism is bound to skyrocket and I want to be a resource for people on a mission for the best poutine. This is how other people plan their travel destinations, right?
Depending on how you slice it, I ate anywhere from 26-29 poutines this summer. There were two that didn't have real cheese curds and one (see "The Worst" below) that was just...not a poutine by any definition.
That's what I get for not making a poutine hashtag to keep track. I fail as a millennial. Anyone want to intern for me to catalog my poutine and/or Guinness shots? I write really good recommendation letters.
Okay, so back to the poutine. Here's my attempt at "The Best Poutines in Canada [that I ate this summer on a limited time scale and budget and stomach capacity but ignore this bit for SEO]"
|I was hungover and sad I didn't have more stomach room for Fritz's|
The Best of the WestFritz European Fry House in Vancouver was amazing. Great curd to chip ratio. All elements were delicious. Fries were thick and crispy. Go there.
|St John's! Not be confused with St John...|
The Best of the East
St John's, Newfoundland was our favourite spot on our whole trip (spoiler alert), and it cemented its place in my heart forever with a solid poutine showing at Green Sleeves Pub. The service there was also up there with the best in the country. Can someone please just teleport me back to St John's?
|That's jet lag in my eyes, not weed.|
Runner UpA random chip truck on Canada Day at Major's Hill Park. However, this place has an unfair advantage: cold weather, tipsy me, CANADA DAY, and early in the trip. So take this one with a grain of greasy chip salt.
Cross Canada Crimez Best Poutine Award Goes To...
|Blaming the Irishman for getting the sign and not the poutine in this one.|
However, it came from an unexpected source: Pub Saint-Patrick. Yeah, I know, an Irish pub in super touristy Old Québec City. I was 100% sober, eating it for breakfast with a coffee. It had the perfect thick cut chips, squeaky cheese curds, and classic gravy. Nothing fancy (except the $13 + tax + tip price tag).
|An insult to Canada. To Ireland. To food.|
The WorstWTF Halifax? You were one of our favourite cities on this journey but Durty Nelly's Irish Pub is definitely taking the piss with their "Irish Poutine". I don't know if this Canadians playing tricks on Irish people or vice versa (welcome to my marriage) but gnocchi, white sauce, a few pieces of beef, and cheese curds does not a poutine (or edible meal) make.
|I was skeptical|
Full Meal PoutineLots of places like to get fancy with their poutines, adding extra ingredients beyond the gravy, cheese curds, and french fries. I generally try to steer clear of these concoctions, but the Irishman and I took a leap in Charlottetown, PEI. And we were delighted that we did. Peas, stuffing, turkey, cheese curds, cranberry sauce, on a bed of french fries, slathered in turkey gravy = one of the more balanced meals on our trip. We shared it for two meals and enjoyed every bite. And it felt like we got a few vitamins we may have been lacking.
Nice Touch AwardLowertown Brewery in Ottawa has a poutine with pickled jalapenos. On a chicken gravy poutine, it's pretty tasty!
|Not great. But much better than expected.|
Fast Food PoutineMcDonald's poutine is okay, y'all. For real. I had one in Victoria and, I swear, it was not half bad for a fast food poutine. Generous with the curds, it was much better than KFC, A&W, and some of the restaurants we ate in outside of Quebec and Eastern Ontario.
|I thought this was going to be the Holy Grail :'(|
The Biggest DisappointmentLa Banquise is known as one of the best poutines in Montreal and came recommended by nearly all the Montrealers I know. Therefore, it should be one of the best poutines in the world. And my fries were partly raw. It was a tragedy and must have been a one-off mistake. One day, we will meet again La Banquise so I can give you another chance!
What did I miss? Let me know in the comments so I can decide where my family should move when we leave China.