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Smoke’s Poutinerie

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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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 Shop: Tummy Tour

Nadège Patisserie is one of the ChowBella tour's superb stops

Explore the savoury side of Toronto with ChowBella’s West Queen West tasting tour. Led by local foodie Trina Hendry, discover the best of the city’s sweet confections and spicy condiments. This three-hour stroll includes stops and tastings at such gourmet purveyors as The Spice Trader & Olive Pit, Tealish, Nadège Patisserie, Delight Chocolates, The Healthy Butcher and Smoke’s Poutinerie. While you’re whetting your whistle, you’ll  also be exposed to some food for thought with lessons about tea and fair-trade chocolate. Tours are most Sundays starting at 11:30 a.m. and cost $49 per person; call 647-403-8030 to reserve a spot.