7 Try Before You Die Poutines in Winnipeg

Poutine. Said to be invented in Quebec in the 60s or 70s, it’s a quintessentially Canadian dish that’s gaining world-wide acceptance. Restaurants are taking it to new levels, giving the foundational french fries, cheese curds and gravy the deluxe treatment with surprisingly sophisticated accoutrements. Here are 12 try before you die versions available right here in Winnipeg:

Lobster

Don’t be fooled by the straightforwardness of the name, the new Rudy’s Eat & Drink, opened in the Manitoba Hydro building this December, serves some sophisticated bites for lunch and dinner including this super-decadent Lobster and Bacon poutine with house-made cheese curds.

Rudy’s Eat and Drink
Manitoba Hydro Place
375 Graham Avenue
(204) 421-9094

Pulled Pork

Manitoba oak smoked pulled pork tops a heaping helping of fresh cut fries and gets a hit of cheese curds and gravy at Lovey’s. It’s a meal unto itself, but that hasn’t stopped some of us (ahem) from eating it as a side to the terminator burger which is topped much the same way and crowned with Lovey’s awesome onion rings.

Lovey’s BBQ
208 Marion Street
(204) 233-7427

Lovey’s BBQ Express
405 Turenne Street

Butter Chicken

Back in November 2010, New York Fries began converting its St. Vital and Polo Park locations to Poutineries adding Butter Chicken and Braised Beef poutines to the menu. The former of the two boasts a delicious, mildly spiced butter chicken served over real Quebec cheese curd and fresh cut fries while its braised beef counterpart features slow cooked angus in a red wine reduction with carrots, mushrooms, onions and cheese curds.

New York Fries
1555 Regent Avenue
1485 Portage Avenue
1225 St. Mary’s Street

Blue Cheese

The White Star (formerly Albert Street Burgers) is an exchange district diner with a reputation for elevating humble dishes. Take their philly cheese steak burger, or the Mortimer, a classic cheese burger topped with house-made pulled pork. But the star of the menu in my mind is their bluetine, fresh cut fries topped with gravy and tangy blue cheese.

The White Star Diner
58 Albert Street
(204) 947-6930

Oka Cheese

Leave it to the Peasant Cookery to out French everyone on this French classic. They take Quebec Oka cheese and serve it over sauced fries with an optional upgrade to chicken confit.

Peasant Cookery
283 Bannytine Avenue
(204) 989-7700

Tourtiere

Okay, if Peasant Cookery can French it to the max, then Le Garage hit the French-Canadian limit by topping their poutine with tourtiere. You can also get black bean curry, pulled pork and sausage and mushroom pizza versions (how’s that last one work now?)

Le Garage
166 Provencher Blvd.
(204) 237-0737

Everything Else

Smoke’s Poutinerie offers more than 20 core poutines and patrons have the opportunity to customize. Personally I’ve found the fries a little skinny and limp, the gravy too thin and the toppings used all too sparingly, but I had to list it simply because of the incredible selection.

Smoke’s Poutinerie
131 Albert Street
(204) 253-2873

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4 Responses to “7 Try Before You Die Poutines in Winnipeg”

  1. I tried the poutine at Civita over the weekend and it had shredded cheese instead of curds. It tasted alright, but I won’t be going there for poutine again.

  2. Sorry you didn’t have a good experience. Interesting point. Do cheese curds=poutine, no ifs, ands or buts or is there wiggle room on our definition? At what point does this dish depart from simple fries and gravy and become poutine?

  3. Just a quick note for your readers: Peasant Cookery no longer has oka or chicken options available for their poutine (despite what their online menu says) and I was told there were no plans to bring it back.

  4. Unfortunately (fortunately?) many menus are a living thing, constantly evolving with the seasons and trends. That said, this loss is a real shame. Thanks for the update. I too, will chastise them when I’m next there.

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