The 7 Best Food and Drink Options in Canada

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Canada is perhaps best known for its mountains, waterfalls, vast open spaces, wildlife, and Justin Bieber. Hockey is also a national obsession with a chain of donut shops named after a famous hockey player. It is also a country of many contrasts. The French-speaking provinces are distinctly French whereas cities such as Calgary and Vancouver are very cosmopolitan in feel.

There is one thing Canada is not so famous for and that is its food and drink. Ask any traveler what their favorite cuisine is and they will probably reply Asian or Italian. Nobody ever says Canadian food, because it is not exactly a well-known global cuisine. Yet there are some amazing specialties in Canada.

Different regions have their own food and drink. Many are simply a unique way of serving up traditional ingredients, but if you look around you will find some wonderfully quirky dishes, great quality wines and awesome craft beers brewed in local microbreweries. Here is a quick guide to some of the best food and drink options you are likely to come across on your travels.

Poutine

Not a lot of people outside of Canada have heard in poutine, but this is the star attraction on any Canadian menu. Poutine is a simple dish. You take a plate of fries and cover them in gravy and cheese curd. The end result is very fattening and very delicious. Canadians love them and so will you.

Stew

Stew is a staple dish in Canada and Canadians consume more stew than any other nation in the world. This should come as no great surprise if you visit Canada in the winter, as nothing keeps the chill off better than a hearty plate of stew.

BeaverTails

No, this is not a real toasted beaver’s tail. There may well be beaver’s tails dished up in a restaurant way out in the middle of nowhere, but thankfully, this particular dish is a bit more appetizing.

BeaverTails pastries are a dessert fashioned to look like a beaver’s tail. The dough is stretched out and decorated with sweet treats such as ripe bananas, caramel, crushed Oreo biscuits and chocolate spread. It is delicious and a firm favorite with locals. Probably not the best choice for anyone on a diet, but hey, you only live once.

Montreal Bagels

Montreal is famous for its bagels. In Canada, bagels are served up as a breakfast treat. Montreal bagels are smaller than traditional French bagels, but the hole in the middle is larger. These bagels are super sweet, as they are soaked in honey water, baked in a wood-burning oven, and sprinkled with sesame seeds.

You will find Montreal bagels in coffee shops all over Montreal, so grab a coffee and a bagel, and watch the world go by as your taste buds blast into orbit.

Mini Donuts

Canadians love their sweet things. Maple syrup and waffles anyone?

Donuts are very popular in all parts of Canada and a trip to any branch of Tim Hortons will reveal a wealth of different donuts to tempt you. Timbits are a mini donut, which is best served with lashings of hot coffee. The fact a Timbit is so small means you can eat them with a clear conscience. Just remember that ten or more adds up to a lot of sugar. Tasty!

Montreal Smoked Meats

Montreal is also famous for its smoked meats. Smoked meat Montreal-style is brisket marinated for a long time, so you end up with a thinly sliced meat that is so tender it literally melts in the mouth. Unlike many smoked meats, Montreal meat is not as sweet. I would not go as far as to say it’s good for you, but if you like smoked meat, you could do a lot worse in terms of calorific damage.

Tourtiere Meat Pies

Tourtiere is a Canadian meat pie, but unlike a traditional meat pie served up in an English pub, this version contains spices and all kinds of different flavorings. There are no rules when it comes to making a Canadian Tourtiere. You can use any meat you like, although pork is the most common, and added vegetables are heartily recommended. As long as the filling is contained within a tasty pie crust, your meat pie is a winner.

Maple syrup is a staple ingredient in many Canadian dishes, even the savory ones. Expect to see Maple syrup everywhere, from coffee to tea and bacon. If you have a sweet tooth, you will be in seventh heaven.

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Comments

  1. Elicia P says:

    My uncle introduced me to Poutine a few years back. I just could not get into it. Mainly because of all the fat involved..

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