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

2007 Jul 9
Ok i am completely confused by the ravings of everyone about how great the elgin street diner is. I finally caved in adn went for their breakfast.... and really wish i hadnt. We got there just as the supervisor was trying to kick out a homeless woman. We were seated and had to wait for a server for quite a while and there was no one in the restaurant but another couple. After we placed our order the food was fast to arrive. It was far from anything i would call amazing or the best breakfast ever.
The restaurant looks dirty and the food is mediocre. I cant say that i will ever want to go back.

2007 Mar 13
If I can save one person from eating at this filthy diner than I've served some purpose on this site. Every time I've visited this place I've found a hair: in my water, my food--you name it.
The last time I went I found a hair in my potatoes and my friend found a hair in her eggs. I also had little bits of who-knows-what stuck to the inside of my glass of orange juice. I don't know how my waitress had the gall to serve me that!
I fully understand that things happen and no establishment is perfect but this place is a complete sty and for your safety and health I strongly urge you not to go!

2006 Dec 6
Just stopped in here for lunch yesterday with a couple of friends. The menu makes me wish I wasn't horribly lactose intolerant. Service was good, the place was nice and my hamburger was fairly average. I did like the slaw, though. Not heavy and creamy like some places. Nice, light and slightly zesty.

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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.