Here in Ottawa, we’re very proud of our homeland food that sets us apart from the rest: a generous helping of golden French fries, mounted with mouth-watering Quebec cheese curds, and smothered in velvety, rich gravy – otherwise known as a poutine. Here at Faces Magazine, we want to make sure that you only chow down on the best-of-the-best, so here’s our top 5 poutine places you just have to eat at!
3 Brothers Poutine & Shawarma – 63 Dalhousie Street (Byward Market)
At Three Brothers, you can be sure to find a late-night poutine that’s right for you. Whether you’re going plain jane, or decide to top it off with their delicious spit-roasted shawarma, it’s a place you’ll fall in love with over and over.
La Pataterie Hulloise – 311 Saint-Joseph Boulevard (Gatineau)
If you’re feeling especially French-Canadienne, take a walk on the wild side at this chip truck-style restaurant in Gatineau. They have all the classic flavour you’re looking for, and all the squeak in a cheese curd you deserve.
Poutinerie la Belle Province – 1675 Tenth Line (Orleans)
Poutinerie la Belle Province is the equivalent to heaven being on earth – except instead of angels, there’s cheese curds, and instead of clouds there’s gravy. This tasteful fandango of a restaurant chefs up some of the finest fries of the land, while also accompanying a full-suite of hot dog and burger options. Hot tip: start off with an order of their Kool-Aid pickles, trust me!
St. Albert Cheese Factory – 150 St. Paul Street (St. Albert)
If you’re familiar with Ottawa, then you’ll know St. Albert makes some of the best cheese curds in the province. They bring that same passion to their own kitchen, where you can dine inside of their cheese factory while admiring pieces of dairy history. You can also catch a tour afterwards, but be sure that you do so on a full stomach – otherwise, you WILL be hungry. You’ve been warned!
Fritomania – 2442 St. Joseph Boulevard (Orleans)
Last but not least on our list, we’ve come to a bit of a unique poutine-stop – Fritomania. This place has not only some of the most heaping portions in Ottawa, but also a the unique feel of eating at a Quebecois-styled chip truck that will leave your mouth watering. Their patio with blue umbrellas outside will give you a nice view while you feast on some of Ottawa’s finest poutine. This is a classic spot that won’t break the bank, and will leave you craving for more.