Montreal — Spring 2016: La Banquise

Monday, May 2, 2016
Hello! I am currently on vacation from work, and just came back from a weekend road trip to Montreal with my friends Chelsea and Corrado. As you might have guessed from the title of this post, our sole purpose for this trip was food. I've been to Montreal several times before so I didn't really feel the need to do the touristy stuff, and while there are plenty of shopping areas, the retail tax is higher in Quebec than it is here in Ontario, so we didn't feel the need to do any shopping, either. We did, however, walk almost everywhere (probably about 6 km total) so at least we got to see the city up close and could feel less guilty about eating so much.

"La T-Rex" Poutine from La Banquise

First things first: poutine. Toronto has gotten some decent poutine over the years, but even as a proud Torontonian, I have to agree that the poutine in Montreal can't be beat. Arguably one of the best and most popular restaurants for poutine in Montreal is La Banquise. We arrived in Montreal around 6:30pm on Saturday, checked into our Airbnb condo, and then walked the 2.6 km to La Banquise (you know, after being in a car for five hours, walking is pretty nice). So it was around 9:00pm by the time we got there. Of course, it was also Saturday. Rookie mistake: There was a line-up all the way down the sidewalk. But let me tell you, it was totally worth the 45 minute wait. Corrado got "La '3 Amigos'" (hot dog sausage, pork & beef sausage, and merguez sausage), Chelsea got "La Kamikaze" (merguez sausage, hot peppers, and tabasco), and I got "La T-Rex" (ground beef, pepperoni, bacon, and hot dog sausage). Each topped with real, fresh, massive cheese curds with the most satisfying chew, and smothered with thick, rich, flavourful gravy. Fries are substantial enough to hold its own against the heavy toppings and not to get super-soggy under all the gravy, but are still soft and mushy in the best way possible. (If you don't like your poutine with all the bells and whistles, don't worry; they have original and smoked meat versions as well.) Moreover, the servers are all pleasant and efficient, and the place is open 24 hours. If you like poutine, or you wanna try poutine for the first time, La Banquise is a must-visit

La Banquise
994 Rue Rachel E
Montréal, QC H2J 2J3
(514) 525-2415
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