La Banquise, Montreal

A trip to Montreal isn’t complete without having poutine. Hot fries, covered with cheese curds, and smothered in gravy. It’s a French Canadian tradition. For over 40 years, La Banquise has been serving up the famous dish. La Banquise originally started as an ice cream parlour. Local fireman, Pierre Barsalou took over the shop and […]

Food + Drink Restaurants Brian Webb

This article was published on August 25th, 2012

A trip to Montreal isn’t complete without having poutine. Hot fries, covered with cheese curds, and smothered in gravy. It’s a French Canadian tradition. For over 40 years, La Banquise has been serving up the famous dish.

La Banquise originally started as an ice cream parlour. Local fireman, Pierre Barsalou took over the shop and turned it into a 24 hour snack shop, serving up hot dogs, fries and ice cream.

By the 1980’s the store embraced the French culture and offered two types of poutine; classic and Italian. Today, La Banquise offers more than 28 different varieties!

It’s a favourite late-night spot for the locals, who are looking for a greasy snack after the bar. There’s plenty of seating inside and on the outdoor patio. Menus are available in both English and French.

 

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