There’s something about being drunk and eating sloppy shit that just goes together.
So it's only rational that there would be so many places to get amazing poutine in Toronto late at night. I'm talking poutine so good you’ll want to jump in the air and slam dunk it into your own mouth.
I mean, big up to Qubec for flipping ketchup the bird and giving the world fries covered in melted cheese curds and gravy. It’s fucking great. But there are a lot of Toronto poutine shops that do a mighty fine job too - albeit not quite as authentic as restaurants in the province that created the dish. But damn close.
Here’s a rundown of some of the best late-night places to hit up after the bar has booted you out and you're in serious need of poutine in Toronto, listed in no particular order.
And we know this is in no way a complete list of poutine spots in Toronto that stay open late. If you know other places not mentioned here, feel free to make a place suggestion below.
There are three Fran’s locations in Toronto - all of them are open 24 hours. Their menu includes classic poutine with the option to add pulled pork, chicken or substitute the gravy for meat chili.
Lobster poutine. You heard me. You can get it here as well as at their brand new Queen West location. Both are open ‘til 2am on Fridays and Saturdays and serve other seafood-fused bar food like lobster mac and cheese, jerk crab and shrimp, and surf n’ turf meals.
Burgershoppe Quality Meats’ Ossington and Dundas location is open ‘til midnight on Fridays and Saturdays and has five different poutines on the menu including their ridiculous chili and cheese that should stir up the tummy nicely with the mixture of booze.
Located on Queen West near Dovercourt, Poutini’s is the ultimate after-bar poutine open ‘til 3:30am on Fridays and Saturdays. Their Belgian-style fries are hand cut and fried twice, the gravy is made in-house and the curds come in fresh every other day from Maple Dale Cheese where they know a thing or two about cheese, kid.
If you’re in or around Yorkville there’s 7 West, which is a more upscale 24-hour café with a no frills cheese and gravy poutine on their list of appetizers.
There are 11 locations in Toronto, but the original is on Adelaide, which is open ‘til 4am on Fridays and Saturdays, 3am on Thursdays and ‘til midnight every other day of the week. It’s the sheer amount of different kinds of poutine that makes Smoke’s stand out with 28 different dishes including pulled pork poutine, bacon cheeseburger poutine and nacho grande poutine. Fuck!
This place has been open since 2006 and features a truffled goat cheese poutine as well as a double smoked bacon and pork belly poutine. Trevor is open ‘til 1am every Tuesday to Saturday.
Johnny Jackson is prime location for attracting drunken college kids after they spill out of any of the clubs or bars in the neighbourhood. They’re open ‘til 4am on Fridays and Saturdays and everything on the menu is $10 all-in to avoid having to use any brainwork when ordering. Poutine with bacon and vegetarian poutine are available if you’re not swayed by other items like mac and cheese, pulled pork on a bun or the deep fried Mars bar.
The Lakeview is a 24-hour restaurant with a special late night menu that includes seven different kinds of poutine including pulled pork, smoked meat, shaved sirloin, and classic poutine.
Located inside the Thomspon Toronto Hotel, this 24-hour diner has an upscale take on comfort food including two kinds of poutine – classic and Quebecoise (smoked meat). It’s open 24 hours and has a lot of other awesome greasy-as-all-hell dishes like buttermilk fried chicken, mac and cheese and burgers.
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