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Enjoy Fresh Lobster at Ibs.

LOBSTER LOVERS WON’T WANT FOR REASONABLY-PRICED OPTIONS AT LBS.

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Thanks to careful prep by the chef the lobster at lbs. comes out of the shell easily, eliminating the fuss of enjoying the crustacean.

Feast on fresh lobster at lbs(The name, which stands for “Lobster,” “Burger,” and “Salad” is pronounced “pounds”). The short menu has four feature items at only $22 each: the 1.25 lbs. lobster, lobster roll, a burger topped with aged cheddar and bacon, and a lobster salad. Sit back at the large bar and quench your thirst with refreshing cocktails and a rotating selection of non-alcoholic custom sodas. And if you still have room, order the popular lobster poutine made with rich gravy. For crustacean-lovers on the go, the take-out window at the back serves Sam James coffee, as well as lobster rolls and ice cream sandwiches.  —Karen Stevens

Editor’s Pick: Top 5 Wild Poutines In Winnipeg

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In a city with as much Francophone influence as Winnipeg, it’s not hard to find that glorious mixture of french fries, gravy, and melty cheese curds. These spots branch out from the classic with irresistable toppings and tasty twists.

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5 Must-Try Montreal Poutines That Get Creative With the Classic

By SABRINA LU

Montreal Poutine

Curds gone wild: Montreal poutine gets a re-think at Chef Guru on the Plateau

Montreal poutine, the city’s most popular dish, easily seduces anyone who tastes it. Who wouldn’t be lured by hot crispy French fries, rich gravy and fresh cheese curds? Although the classic Montreal poutine will always satisfy a late-night craving, the dish has become the subject of forward-thinking innovation for numerous Montreal chefs.

Here are five Montreal poutine interpretations that that will change how you think about simple chips, curds and gravy.

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Fall Sipping: 2 Must-Try Drinks at National Beer Hall

The Pimm’s Cup and St. Ambroise Pumpkin Beer at National. Photo: Adele Brunnhofer.

While the weather in Calgary sticks to the 20 Celsius mark, it certainly feels like fall has arrived. Though the season just started last Saturday, the trees are turning gold and amber, and an autumnal spirit fills the air. What better way to celebrate continued warm weather and the changing season than grabbing a drink on the patio at National Beer Hall on 17th Avenue SW. (more…)

Hot Dining: Late Night Bites

When you’re in the mood for an evening snack, we’ve got a few places that will fit the bill.

The Traditional Poutine from Smoke's includes hand-cut yellow fleshed fries, fresh Quebec cheese curds, and their signature homemade gravy.

Smoke’s Poutinerie
An after-bar staple, here you get fries smothered in gravy, cheese, chicken, beef, or even veggies.
407 Dalhousie St., 613-789-2873
www.smokespoutinerie.com

Zak’s Diner
Open 24 hours, so you can order breakfast morning, noon, or night.
14 ByWard Market Square, 613-241-2401, and 499 Terry Fox Dr., 613-435-5483
www.zaksdiner.com (more…)

Top Spots for 14 Wintry Canadian Comfort Food Favourites

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By Meghan Wilson-Smith

Winter is upon us, and in Canada that means prime time for pints and poutine. Indulge through to spring with these delicious Canadian comfort foods, concocted at some of Canada’s top restaurants, bakeries and holes-in-the-wall. (more…)

Staff Picks: Our 10 Preferred Places for Poutine

Hearty Canadians embrace our less-than-tropical climate by bundling up in layers and chowing down on that classic Quebecois delicacy known as poutine. This holy trinity of French fries, cheese curds and gravy is served up hot—and with occasional delicious variations—at these ten Toronto eateries.

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Road Trip: New Brunswick’s Acadian Coastal Drive

Photo by Tim Johnson

By Tim Johnson

As rich in culture as it is natural beauty, New Brunswick’s Acadian Coastal Drive offers a lovely mix of sun-kissed beaches, delicious roadside cuisine and the wonderful joie de vivre of the Acadiens. Although it’s just 150 kilometres from Moncton to Miramichi, you should take your time and enjoy—split the drive into two or three days to make sure you properly soak up the sun, tucking into some poutine râpée and seafood pizza along the way. (more…)

Our Take: National Geographic Traveler’s Top 10 Foods in Quebec

St-Viateur Bagel. Photo by Backpack Foodie.

National Geographic Traveler’s blog post on top ten foods to eat in Quebec was en pointe. The list recognizes the French Canadian staples that most tourists know and love; the number one choice, of course, is poutine, the gooey combination of cheese curds and gravy. (more…)

Hot Dining: Now Open

Smoke's Poutinerie in the Exchange District is now open for business.

From curried chicken to peppercorn gravy and steak, the creative toppings piled high on poutine at new eatery Smoke’s Poutinerie have created a frenzy in the Exchange District. The latest location of the popular Toronto franchise offers the iconic Quebec dish of fries, gravy and melted cheese curds with custom combinations. A favourite is shredded smoked Montreal meat, tangy mustard and dill pickle that pairs perfectly with sweet black cherry cola. 131 Albert St, 253-2873, Map 1: O-4.

Hot Dining: Chef Talk

Chef Darryl Riddle of Le Garage Cafe. Photo by Ian McCausland.

Like the wide range of local musical acts that play at live music venue and 100-seat eatery Le Garage Café, Chef Darryl Riddle’s eclectic menu is inspired by myriad cultures. Tortière and legendary poutine with hand-cut shoestring fries reflect the St. Boniface café’s francophone neighbourhood. Meanwhile, dishes like the beautifully spiced aloo bronte spinach and black bean curry riffs off a dish Chef Darryl prepared during his culinary experience overseas in British gastropubs. 166 Provencher Blvd, 237-0737, Map 1: P-6.