La Banquise is a family business, originally an ice cream parlor, that evolved, first of all into a 24-hour snack bar, specializing in hot-dogs and fries, then, driven by general demand, into a top-ranking Poutine joint.
Poutine, which the dictionary describes thus: 'French-Canadian dish traditionally made of French fries and fresh cheese curds, covered with gravy', was introduced to the menu in the early 80s. At first it came in only two versions, classic and Italian, but that was just the start. You can now eat 30 different kinds of Poutine at La Banquise, and you can also get a range of microbrewery beers, and a varied daily men, in an expanded restaurant area which still prides itself on a warm, family atmosphere.
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