Great places for poutine in Montreal

Nickels is a 1950s-style themed franchise with comfy booths and neon lights. Quebec chanteuse Celine Dion and her family are part owners of the Nickels chain. 1710 Saint Catherine Street West, downtown (and 45 other locations throughout Quebec).

Shed Café is hip, trendy, and inexpensive. The peppercorn gravy poutine has a nice bite. On the Main - Saint Laurent Street - just north of Sherbrooke Street.

Club Sandwich is known for their heaping portions of everything, so beware of the "double" size of anything - unless you're sharing. 1570 Saint Catherine Street East.

Just down the block, Restaurant Jacques Cartier Hot Dog probably makes one of the best poutines around - as long as the French fries are fresh, hot, and crispy. 1278 Saint Catherine Street East.

Ben's is the original Montréal-style delicatessen in business since 1908. Downtown at 990 de Maisonneuve West.

A few other chain restaurants stick to a basic burger and hot dog menu, but make a decent poutine. Try Valentine's or La Belle Province if you're in a hurry. And while McDonald's added poutine to their menus a few years ago, proving the popularity of the concoction, only order poutine at the Golden Arches as a last resort.

-S.H.