Quebec Ink

Big Poutine comes for a Montreal institution

MONTREAL — La Banquise, a poutine shop on Montreal’s Rue Rachel, is notable for several reasons. The regular lineups outside the 24-hour establishment speak both to its popularity and to the gamut of its clientele, which runs from dedicated locals to blind-drunk tourists. 

It is arguably the only poutinerie where a guacamole-topped version of the dish doesn’t feel like heresy. In fact, along with Schwartz’s on Saint-Laurent, L’express on Saint-Denis and Au Pied de Cochon around the corner, La Banquise is a culinary rarity: a tourist trap that lives up to the hype.

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