Yesterday, Pizza Hut announced the release of its new patriotic ‘cheesy beef poutine’ pie. Not that we want to stop you from trying it, but maybe check out this round-up of some of the more interesting (and edible) poutine creations that can be found in Toronto before you decide to indulge.
Roast duck poutine pizza
This Oliver and Bonacini creation ($16) is probably—no, definitely—better than the one made by the company that brought us this monstrosity.
401 Bay St., 416-861-6996, oliverbonacini.com
Made with fried gnocchi, Beast’s “poutine” is topped with braised beef, and of course cheese curds ($10).
96 Tecumseth St., 647-352-6000, thebeastrestaurant.com
The Han brothers add some (pseudo) nutritional benefit by replacing the fries with (also fried) squash, and topping it with Japanese curry, mayo, kimchi, curds, and vegetarian gravy ($5).
90 Ossington Ave., @TO_ODDSEOULS
Poutine spring rolls
Pacific Junction Hotel
At this cutlery-free restaurant, the kitchen has managed to make hand-held poutine ($10.25).
234 King St. E., 416-508-3466, pacificjunctionhotel.com
Try the East-coast rendition that sees fries topped with stuffing and gravy ($6). It tastes like Christmas.
707 Dundas St. W., 647-638-6779, facebook.com/WiggleRoom707
Rock Lobster Food Co.
At this crustacean-centric spot, the poutine is made with lamb—just kidding, it’s made with lobster ($13).
110 Ossington Ave., 416-533-1800, rocklobsterfood.com
Occasionally appearing on the brunch menu, Farmhouse Tavern’s ‘Hangover poutine’ is made with fries, cheese curds, and pulled bison and promises to be your hair-of-the-dog ($18).
1627 Dupont St., 416-561-9114, farmhousetavern.tumblr.com
Dangerous Dan’s Diner
Here at Double D perogies are married with poutine, because that’s what happens at a place where the menu also includes a meal called the ‘Colossal Colon Clogger Combo.’ A large portion of this Polish poutine, laced with (optional) bacon, comes to $13.85 all in.
714 Queen St. E., 416-463-7310, dangerousdansdiner.com
Poutine du Japon
Noodle soup is so 2012—try fries smothered in teriyaki sauce and sweet mayo, instead ($4.50). This culinarily-confused dish (pictured above) is best eaten with chopsticks.
3 Gerrard St. E., 647-748-1500, @ramenRAIJIN
Because vegans and vegetarians also suffer from hangovers, there’s a meat-and-dairy-free version of our national dish made with Daiya (cheese substitute) and mushroom-beer gravy ($7).
834 Bloor St. W., 416-901-9779, hogtownvegan.com
Come and Get It
Turn that spicy mango jerk chicken sandwich, or Hawaiian pork belly salad into a poutine! So versatile! Also on the menu: chipotle braised beef short rib, Granny Smith’s chicken Caesar, and herbed crunchy green bean poutine (all options available in sandwich, salad, and poutine form).
170 Spadina Ave., 647-344-3416, comeandgetit.ca
Don’t like any of the above bastardizations? Create your own, then. Take a large poutine and add to it any of the available burger dressings ($11 plus extra charge for toppings). Feeling gluttonous, nay—adventurous? Order every topping, bringing your heart-stopping bowl of questionable deliciousness to a pricy $85—consequently making it the most expensive poutine this city has to offer.
965 Bloor St. W., 647-347-5263, disgraceland.ca
Wash down that poutine with cheese-and-gravy–flavoured soda. Really. It exists.