Poutine at Elgin Street Diner
Poutine at Elgin Street Diner
Elgin Street Diner
Elgin Street Diner
Foods from Elgin Street Diner

2010 Jul 20
Drunk people are the only reason why this place is still running.

Have you ever been here at 3am on a weekend?

2009 Aug 6
Was at ESD this weekend and the server told me that the huevos rancheros might be added to the regular menu (right now it is only part of the "brunch specials" menu)!

I hope it gets added because it is yummy! And vegetarian!

2009 Jul 21
People actually eat here outside of the the hours of 2 am to 6 am? Strange =)

2009 Jul 21
When the poutine is good (fresh, crispy fries), it's really good. When the fries are a bit wilted, not so much. I love how salty it is.

Great milkshakes.

Good breakfasts- the bake beans are vegetarian and yummy. If you don't order the breakfast special, coffee is NOT included and is overpriced. Can lead to an expensive brekkie.

The salmon burger is okay, the veggie burger is homemade and slighty curried. Pretty good, a bit dense for my liking though.

The desserts are hit and miss- I had the banana cream cake recently and it was so so.

The service is super, the staff are so nice. The booths are comfy. The specials are interesting- I would try them more often if they had more veggie specials.

2009 Apr 1
My co-worker and I went to ESD for breakfast. I was pleasantly surprised. The bacon was crispy, the eggs cooked perfectly and the homemade beans were very good. They had a kick to them, cayenne maybe.. and they were not mushy. Our server was nice and had a good sense of humour. More expensive then Dunns, but much better and not as noisy. For me, the only thing I did not like were the potatoes, it was mashed potatoes and then lightly fried... too heavy and not enough crisp.

2008 Feb 22
Breakfast and Poutine.
the combo you hate to love. :P

my friend likes bacon...can ya tell?

2007 Aug 6
I am not a big fan of ESD, but my friends are. They enjoy the poutine, the milkshakes and the Buffalo Chicken Buger.

I find the veggie options a little boring. The roasted veggie sandwich lacks a subtle something to make it yummy, and the veggie burger has an extremely overcooked bean texture which is simply disgusting.

If you love a greasy bacon-n-eggs breakfast with stale coffee and lots of sides, this is the place to go. Otherwise, there is nothing special about this place, other than its hype and 24-7 service.

2007 Jul 30
Umamiman: Sorry,You must have misunderstood my post. I didnt say I went on a monday morning. I posted my comment on a monday. Regardless of the day I went there, if they can afford to hang out talking and ignore customers then i would rather not go there and waste a morning.
At least i have been there and done that. We'll be sticking to our regular breakfast spot.

2007 Jul 16
The Elgin Street Diner is in a simliar boat as Al's Steakhouse, in that they had a great reputation that can be hard (for a restaraunt) to uphold. Part of their reputation was earned (their bagels used to be AWESOME), and part I think was nostalgia and experiential. Many people frequented the Diner after a night of drinking (open 24 hours) and it was a really good place to unwind and get some chow. This lends to peoples fond recollections (including mine.. mmm.. poutine and milkshake at 4am...) but do not necessarily mean the reputation was based purely on quality of food or service. Either way, they have this currency of reputation (earned or not) and it is theirs to spend it wisely, or waste it.

2007 Jul 9
Foodie Chick: though it's not really an excuse, service at most restaurants is going to suck on a Monday morning, one of the slowest times of the week for any resaurant.

I recall their breakfast to be typical diner: bad coffee, lots of grease and plenty of ketchup and Tabasco required on everything.

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2018 Jul 14
Late night indulging on a bacon and onion poutine at ESD. I understand there is controversy but I personally enjoy their poutine. Sure, it's not an every day poutine but they have great fries and they really don't skimp on the portion and toppings. This was $12.99 and easily satisfied two very hungry people

2015 Jun 28
Is there anything else on the menu!?
As a fan of shoestring fries I enjoy the fries here and the generous portion is adequate to soak up certain preferred beverages. Being open at all hours is also a plus. All in all just an average poutine that I would never eat sober.

2011 Nov 10
One of the grossest poutine's around. a disgrace to poutine...but when it's the only thing open at 4 a.m..what else can you do? lol

2010 Jul 20
The only time I eat it is when drunk.
I do like the fact it is vegetarian.
It is very salty and the fries are way too thin for my liking.

2008 Mar 13
Love it because it is VEGETARIAN! That's right, apparently it's a mushroom based gravy!

2007 Oct 6
The poutine here is way too salty and I find it has an aftertaste. The fries are often limp and get soggy too fast.

2007 Jul 19
I'm a hardcore poutine nut, and every time I go to ESD (at the request of my not-so-French spouse), I order the poutine; not because I enjoy it, but because I forgot how lame it was the last time.

Their fries are just too small and shriveled to adequately serve as a vessel for the gravy and cheese. If only they'd cut them twice bigger, it would be pretty darn decent.

2006 Oct 24
I had an underwhelming smoked meat poutine last Friday. The meat was not the problem (fairly average yet tasty), but the poutine itself just wasn't up to snuff. The skinny fries were off-putting, and it didn't feel like there were enough cheese curds. Still, where else is an inebriated person going to get poutine after midnight?

2006 Sep 27
I like it thin and salty - you can better eat it with a knife and fork. The gimmicky experimentation also kind of charms me. But really it's just the fact that they celebrate poutine and give it special billing on the menu that urges me to celebrate alongside. I think my fave for the actual food is the light blue fry truck that parks(ed) along Slater near Kent and Bank Streets.

2006 Sep 27
Count me in that camp too. I found it way too salty (and I like salt) and with the skinny little fries it's nothing like real p'tin. But... it's still better than no poutine!!



2007 Mar 27
The banana chocolate milkshake at the diner is quite possibly the best diner shake out there. Pass on the poutine, go for the milkshakes.



2007 Sep 30
Sorry - I just can't get down with the fried mashed potatoes instead of homefries. I've tried to like this place, but there's much better value and food out there as far as breakfasts are concerned. The 24-hour breakfast special used to be ~$4 and it's probably twice that these days.

This restaurants thrives on it's reputation and location (OK the poutine is good, I'll give them that)



2012 Feb 16
This sandwich is delicious as far as vegetarian diner fare goes, but when compared to anywhere that specializes in veggie-based meals, I give it a big fat meh. I'd reccomend using a red pepper spread instead of mayo to add flavour, and knock down the price! C'mon, I know what vegetables and bread cost.