I’d love to go all food critic on you and start breaking down the different restaurants we visited in Montréal, but I will not. All my food reviews from the trip have fallen to the wayside, and I cannot write a second longer without mentioning the single most important food in Montréal: poutine.
Yes, poutine. If you’ve never heard of poutine the dish is quite simple: French fries, cheese curds and gravy.
With the nippy weather in Montréal and all the sightseeing we were doing, I was desperately craving a pint at a local pub and some comfort food. After dragging my friend block after block after block – no, really, it was a lot of blocks – in search of the perfect pub, we finally arrived at Ye Old Orchard. They have various locations but we were at the 20 Prince Arthur Street location.
A rugby match had just ended and the entire team was leaving the Celtic pub as we arrived. The place was a disaster; meaning it was a perfect pub. We settled into our chairs and ordered a beer. But, admittedly, I don’t even recall what happened after this as I asked for poutine and went into food coma shortly thereafter.
The gravy sinks into all the nooks and crannies the French fries make and the cheese curds slowly begin to soften and melt. It’s drunk food. But better. I’m not sure how Ye Old Orchard’s compares to others, but if there is somewhere better, let me know in the comments and I am so there.
I would be remiss if I did not mention their happy hour runs until midnight. I only remember this because I have a picture on my mobile, food coma be damned.
After trying it in Montréal, I went online to find local restaurants serving up poutine. I found a few places but have yet to try any. In my search for local restaurants, however, I discovered the magic that is the Poutine Festival! Yes, this dish is so legendary it has garnered its own celebration. The dates are yet to be confirmed but the festival is currently scheduled Aug. 01 to 31, 2013.
I believe another trip to Montreal is in order, no?