One of the many culinary gems to come out of French Canada, poutine is perhaps one of the country’s most outlandish and defining dishes. Several small towns in Quebec claim to have invented this celebrated dish (or side dish), and it’s said to date back to the 1950s. A real poutine uses peppery meat-based gravy and “squeaky” curds on fries.
Where to eat it: Any Canadian diner with fries on the menu will typically offer poutine, including big chains like McDonald’s. Franchises like Smoke’s Poutinerie serve up just about any protein or vegetable in the calorie-heavy dish. If you’re up for a real celebration, there are also annual poutine festivals in cities across the country.