Montréal - Plateau Mont Royal: Resto La Banquise
Resto La Banquise, at 994 Rachel Est, was opened by Pierre Barsalou, a neighborhood firefighter, in May 1968 as a dairy bar. In September of that year, he did over the menu turning the restaurant into a 24-hour snack bar. In the 1980s, La Banquise introduced poutine to the menu in two varieties--Classical and Italian. In 1994, Pierre's daughters, Annie and Marie-Josée, took over the business and began slowly introducing different varieties of poutine. In 1999, Marc Latendresse took over for Marie-Josée, and today you can find twenty-five different varieties of poutine on the menu.