French fries (or a fried potato of some kind) topped with cheese curds and gravy is the basis for a classic Quebecois poutine, and while the quintessential Canadian bar snack is good as-is, the riffs on the national dish can be stellar.
Poutine cravings can come along at anytime, but Vancouverites who don't mind clogging an artery or two may want to direct their attention to nine delicious days this fall when eating poutine can actually do some good in the community.
Poutine With Purpose is a popular week-long fundraising event that began in Calgary, and has since expanded to Victoria. Now Poutine With Purpose will make its Vancouver debut this fall.
Running Sept. 27 through Oct. 5, 2019, Poutine With Purpose Vancouver offers diners the chance to eat and enjoy a poutine at any of several partner restaurants, and for every poutine sold, a healthy meal is provided to a youth in need through charity partner Mealshare.
Mealshare is the “buy a meal, give a meal” program that teams up with restaurants in multiple cities; one or more dishes on a restaurant menu is the designated Mealshare item, meaning for every one of those dishes sold, a donation is made through Mealshare to get a meal to a youth in need through local organizations.
- Find a poutine or restaurant that you want to try on this website
- Eat poutine
- Provide a meal to a youth in need
- Talk about it #PoutineWithPurpose.
For its inaugural year there are 10 restaurants participating in Vancouver and the greater Vancouver area offering 14 poutines to try. Here's the full list. Happy poutine-ing!
Como Taperia - Vancouver
Sobrassada Romesco Poutine
Manchego, cheese curds and spring onions.
Edible Canada Bistro - Vancouver
Famous Duck Poutine
Duck confit, Quebec cheese curds, duck egg, crispy onions. Gluten-free. On Lunch and Dinner menu (poutine is for one person but also perfect to share). Option add-ons of foie gras and Sweet Tree birch syrup.
Dubh Linh Gate Irish Pub - Vancouver
Crispy breakfast potatoes topped with cheese curds, house made gravy, diced tomatoes, bacon bits, green onions, two poached eggs and their special poutine sauce. *Only available Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Butter Chicken Poutine
Marinated chicken thigh in a butter curry sauce, with shredded cheese, diced tomato & green onion, over crisp fries.
Colony - Vancouver
Hand Chipped Kennebec Potatoes, Cheese Curds, Beef Gravy
Southern Fried Chicken Poutine
Fried Chicken, Hand Chipped Kennebec Potatoes, Cheese Curds, Beef Gravy
CRAFT Beer Market - Vancouver
Hand-cut fries, beer salt, cheese curds, and rich gravy. Add-on options include bacon, pulled chicken or pulled pork, and braised beef.
Gyoza Bar - Vancouver
Japanese Curry Poutine
Pulled pork, cheddar cheese, cilantro, pickled jalapeño.
Blvd Bistro - North Vancouver
Tatertot Breakfast Poutine
Smokey Bacon & Sweet Apple Banger Three Cheese Blend and Hollandaise Sauce.
Two Rivers Meats - North Vancouver
Braised beef poutine with crumbled blue cheese, rosemary demi-glace, and crispy fried leeks.
Trading Post - Langley
Crispy skinny fries, topped with birchwood cheese curds, house made beef gravy, caramelized onions, bite sized perogies, sour cream and green onion.
Wok Box - New Westminster, Surrey, Abbotsford
Butter Chicken Poutine
Crispy, golden fries drenched in rich, creamy butter chicken. Served with cheese curds for a Canadian twist.
Tokyo Beef Poutine
Take your taste buds to the busy streets of Tokyo with this sweet teriyaki beef served over golden fries and drizzled with lime aioli.
Fully Loaded Fries
Chopped crispy chicken with bacon, fries & cheese curds, covered with sweet BBQ and house-made Bang Bang sauce.