6 Unique Poutines to Eat During Calgary Poutine Week 2016

This year, poutine toppings include crab, deep fried baby octopus, tator tots and more.



It's the most wonderful time of the year — and no, we're not talking about Christmas. Calgary Poutine Week is back from April 15 to 23. This year, there are 39 participating restaurants offering both unique and classic takes on the popular dish, all of which can be bought throughout Poutine Week.

Most importantly, it's an opportunity to contribute to a good cause through your stomach. Once again, Poutine Week has partnered up with Mealshare. That means that every poutine sold from a participating restaurant during the week-long event will result in a free meal for someone in need. Last year, 5,000 poutine dishes were sold — that's a lot of free meals for those who need it.

Here are a few of the most interesting poutines you should try this year.


Butter Poached Crab Poutine from Bookers BBQ and Crab Shack

It's a seafood lover's dream poutine. This offering from Bookers BBQ and Crab Shack comes with fries made from Yukon Gold potatoes, cheese curds, housemade bacon, white gravy, diced tomato and green onion. Plus, it's topped with a mini crab cake garnish. Needless to say, we're sold. $12.95.

#10, 316 3 St. S.E., 403-264-6419, bookersbbq.com, @bookersbbq


Carbonara Poutine from Market

It's basically your favourite pasta dish in poutine form. Market's carbonara poutine comes with black pepper bechamel, curds, peas, panchetta, parmesan, sous vide eggs and pea tendrils. Are you drooling yet? $17.

718 17 Ave. S.W., 403-474-4414, marketcalgary.ca, @market_calgary


Poutine Burrito from Blanco Cantina

It's a burrito! It's a poutine! It's a poutine burrito! Blending its Mexican cuisine with the poutine theme, Blanco Cantina offers up shaved skirt steak, fries, cheese curds, spicy Mexican gravy and onions wrapped up in a tortilla. The burrito also comes with your choice of sides. $16.

723 17 Ave. S.W., 403-228-1854, blancocantina.ca, @blancoyyc

Poutine for your Seoul from Anju Restaurant

Anju offered up a different version of this poutine last year, so stop by to taste how the dish has changed or try this new version for the first time. This year, Poutine for your Seoul will be served up as a Korean curry tater tot poutine, and it comes with curds, green onion and carrots. $12.

344 17 Ave. S.W., 403-460-3341, anju.ca@anjurestaurant


Tacotine from Unicorn Superpub

Tacotine takes everything we love about tacos and re-imagines it in poutine form. The dish comes with tortilla shells, tater tots, AAA Alberta chili, cheese curds, queso cheese sauce, pico de gallo, lime cream fresh, scallions and cilantro. $15. 

223 8 Ave. S.W., 403-265-3665​, superpub.ca, @unicorncalgary


Takoyaki Poutine from Fryday Poutine

It's not surprising that one of the most original poutine offerings this year comes from Fryday Poutine, where poutine is always featured front and centre. During Poutine Week, you can try its Takoyaki poutine, which comes with deep fried baby octopus, Japanese mayo, takoyaki sauce, aonori and pickled ginger ($9.50, one size available). They will also be serving up a featured kimchi poutine, which will be offered in small, medium and large for $6.45, $8.45 and $11.45.

4105  4 St. N.W., 587-354-7777, frydaypoutine.com

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