Collage of photos, including Cheesy poutine from Fat Les's stretching high as the fork lifts the fries

The best kind of poutine is the kind served in small towns – visit Kemptville ON

In-house gravy, hand-punched fries made golden crispy, and the all-important St-Albert's cheese curds. Poutine heaven is only a half hour drive away from you in Kemptville – come experience what food made with love and passion tastes like.

Need some convincing? We asked our community to where their favourite poutine places where, and here is what they told us: 

meat sauce piled on a poutine

Name: Chip Chop Fresh Cut Fries  

Where: 411 Prescott St, Kemptville, ON K0G 1J0

Why you need to visit: If anyone has perfected the classic poutine, it’s these guys. Thin fries that are flawlessly crispy on the outside, yet fluffy on the inside. A precise balance of gravy and curds that makes even a proud French-Canadian belly content. They even have a portion size for every occasion, ranging from family size to “Josh’s Just a Bite.” A gluten-free menu is available.

Tip from locals: They’re cash only but don’t let that stop you!!


A mountain of deep fried cheese curds on top of poutine

Name: 3’s Company Chip Wagon 

Where: 246 CR 44, Kemptville, ON K0G 1J0

Why you need to visit: 4.9 stars on Google, prepare yourself to be greeted with super friendly, small-town customer service and huge portion sizes. With so many poutine options including Italian, deep-fried cheese curd, and more, you just have to come back for a second, third and fourth time. Feeling adventurous? Ask to have your thick yet crispy fries upgraded to garlic butter fries.

Tip from locals: Don’t miss their seasonal special – the turkey stuffing poutine!


Name: Kirk’s Burgers

Where: 2960 County Rd 43, Kemptville, ON K0G 1J0

Why you need to visit: Try the signature Dirty Kirk poutine! Rebecca's secret gravy topped with caramelized onions and mushrooms with your choice of meat. There’s no way you can’t find these folks; look for the chip stand decked out in Irish flags with huge orange and green menu boards.

Tip from locals: Kid friendly with a play area!


Extra small poutine serving in a cup

Special shout-out:

Plate of keto turnip fries topped with ground beef, cheese curds, tomatoes, sour cream, and green onions.

Name: Kemptville Dairy Barn & Western Keto Grill 

Where: 312 King St, Kemptville, ON K0G 1J0

Why you need to visit: The Keto Grill is low carb and 100% gluten free! Try their poutine made with turnip fries topped with cheese curds AND shredded cheese, ground beef, bacon, tomatoes, sour cream and green onions. “It's your heath, feed it well!”

Tip from locals: If you have a chance to try their ice cream as well, get the soft serve dipped in pistachio or banana!


Double cheese bacon burger poutine

Name: Fat Les's Chip Stand 

Where: 639 Van Buren St, Kemptville, ON K0G 1J0

Why you need to visit: It’s no wonder Les’s specialty poutines are award winning – he's been running his brand of chip stands for over 16 years! Their thick ‘n soft golden fries offer a warm comfort like no other. From pulled pork to deep fried pickles poutine, there’s something for everyone to try. Gluten free gravy is available.

Tip from locals: Try the Steak Hoagie. You can’t go wrong with it.


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