Poutine is a Canadian staple, and when you crave some of the french fries piled high with gravy, cheese curds, and all the fixings, you want to get the best the city offers. Of course, you can find poutine on the menu at most eateries around town, but finding one that really hits the spot, now that's a challenge. To help take the burden off your shoulders, Jim Tubman Chevrolet has put together this useful list of the best eateries serving poutine in Ottawa, so all you have to worry about is getting there.
Chips & Dairy Fast Food
Location: 2920 Bank St., Ottawa, Ontario.
Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Serving an eclectic menu, Chips & Dairy Fast Food is a unique place that you don't want to miss. It has Canadian staples, such as tasty poutine, as well as Chinese fare for an authentic yet simple Asian meal. You can get everything from burgers to General Tao chicken, so there's something here for everyone. Its poutine comes in small, medium, and large sizes, which makes it easy to get just the right amount. Make sure you leave room for dessert because this place has amazing milkshakes, banana splits, and sundaes that are the perfect end to any meal.
Location: 93 Murray St., Ottawa, Ontario.
Hours: 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. daily.
Enjoy your poutine in a laid-back, rock-inspired atmosphere. The Koven features some dark art on the walls, interesting chandeliers, and lots of good food. You can often catch a live music event that pairs nicely with anything you order off the menu. Some of its poutine offerings feature catchy names, such as Municipal Waste, Cannibal Corpse, and Septic Flesh. But don't let the names fool you. These poutines are some of the best around. They come with hand-cut fries, St. Albert's cheese curds, and, depending on what you get, chicken, ground beef, sausage, bacon, and lots of other unique twists.
Location: 220 Elgin St., Ottawa, Ontario.
Hours: 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.
You'll feel like you stepped back in time when you enter Zak's Diner. The old-fashioned diner style makes it a fun place to eat with family and friends. It has counter seating and large booths that can fit a crowd. If you go for the poutine, you have to get The Quebecer — it was voted the best poutine in Ottawa. But Zak's Diner also offers otherdelicious poutines, such as smoked meat, breakfast, or bacon and sausage, or try something different and opt for the curly fry. No matter what you get, it won't disappoint.
The Wellington Diner
Location: 1385 Wellington St. W., Ottawa, Ontario.
Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
Stop in and eat at The Wellington Diner for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. This place likes to keep it simple, and it focuses on offering great food made with fresh ingredients. Its famous poutines will surely satisfy, as they come in heaping portions of fries smothered in homemade beef gravy topped with St. Albert's cheese curds. Get the Piggy's Poutine if you want yours topped with in-house slow-roasted pork and caramelized onions. The Wellington Poutine comes with thinly sliced seasoned steak, mixed peppers, onions, and mushrooms for a dish that will make you think you've gone to heaven.
It also serves some unforgettable burgers, wraps, mac and cheese specialties, and steak entrees that leave you wanting more. A kid's menu makes this the perfect place to dine with the whole family.
Elgin Street Diner
Location: 374 Elgin St., Ottawa, Ontario.
Hours: Open 24 hours.
For over 22 years, Elgin Street Diner has been a casual place for the residents of Ottawa to come for all their dining needs. The restaurant's many awards pay tribute to how great the food is, and its poutine helped make it famous. You'll want to try it all, but some of the most popular poutines include the onion ring, ESD, and smoked meat that's topped with Montreal smoked meat. It also offers breakfast all day, so you can get pancakes and French toast meals if you're not in the mood for poutine.
Those who need more than poutine for their main meal can get entrees, including hamburger steak or meatloaf, and the place has a variety of burgers, sandwiches, and more. Save room for dessert because mouth-watering options, such as chocolate peanut butter pie, key lime pie, and rice pudding, are not to be missed.
The Great Canadian Poutinerie
Location: 200 Deschamps Ave., Ottawa, 311 Bank St., Ottawa and 2020 Lanthier Drive, Orleans, Ontario.
Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.
The Great Canadian Poutinerie has three locations, and two of them are right here in Ottawa. This eatery understands what goes into making a delicious batch of poutine, and while it's simple to create, not everyone can get it right. To ensure it has the best, the only thing on its menu is its specialty poutine offerings, so you can rest easy knowing this place has perfected the art of crafting this Canadian staple. All of its poutines start off with crispy fries, local cheese curds that squeak when you bite into them, and hot brown gravy.
From there, you can add the meat and veggie toppings of your choice. Veggies, such as caramelized onions, green peppers, pickles, olives, and turnips, are available. For the meat, you can get bacon, pulled pork, crispy chicken, or Philly steak. If you want something really special, go for one of the specialty poutines. The Bacon Grilled Cheese has grilled cheese bites and is quite popular, but you might like the Wolf, which has pulled pork, beef, and bacon, and it's drizzled with homemade barbecue sauce.
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