Le Roy Jucep

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Le Roy Jucep is located on a boulevard crowded with fast food franchises and strip malls, but you will have no trouble finding it. Just look for the restaurant with a giant orange slice on its roof. The slice signifies that it is home of the Orange Julep, Canadian equivalent of the States’ Orange Julius – a frothy cross between OJ and a milk shake, just a little too sweet to pass as a health drink. Here in the U.S., we like ours with a couple of hot dogs. In Quebec, an Orange Julep goes great with poutine.

Le Roy Jucep is where you want to eat poutine, even if, in general, you are a poutine-frowner. It claims to be the place that first served what has since become a signature dish of La Belle Province. The story is that back in the 1950s, Jean-Paul Roy, a chef in Montreal, began serving potatoes with gravy, which some customers asked to be decorated with cheese curds. In 1964, Monsieur Roy took over the Orange Jucep dairy bar drive-in and put the dish on his menu. It became known as poutine as a play on the word “pudding,” as well as on the nickname of his cook, who was called Ti-Pout.

The history is debatable, but the quality of the poutine served here is secure. On a foundation of handsome gold pommes frites is ladled savory-sweet gravy and cheese curds that are bright and squeaky, purchased daily and always kept at room temperature for maximum flavor. What a joy it is to excavate down through cheese turned molten by the hot gravy, then into spuds that range from still-crunchy to virtual mashed.

If the appeal of classic poutine eludes you, the menu here offers more than a dozen variations, including Octoberfest (with German sausage), pizza poutine (with pepperoni), and a different special each day, which was poutine Chinoise when I visited – a palate-puzzling plate of frites and curds topped half and half with tangy barbecue sauce and spaghetti sauce.

What to Eat
Le Roy Jucep, Orange Julep (medium)
Orange Julep (medium)
Must-Try
Orange Jucep is described on the menu as 'sparkling natural orange juice,' but there is more to it than that.
Le Roy Jucep, Poutine
Poutine
Must-Try
Why poutine with tomato-meat sauce on one side and barbecue sauce on the other is billed as Poutine Chinoise is a bit of a mystery.
Le Roy Jucep, Vegetable Soup
Vegetable Soup
Must-Try
Savory and satisfying vegetable soup
Le Roy Jucep, Pizzaoeuf
Pizzaoeuf
Le Roy Jucep's menu lists many kinds of pizzaoeufs, including vegetarian and one topped with smoked meat. The 'breakfast pizza' pictured here is topped with bacon, ham, and sausage. And, of course, eggs and cheese.
Directions and Hours
open now
Sunday6:30am - 12am
Monday6:30am - 12am
Tuesday6:30am - 12am
Wednesday6:30am - 12am
Thursday6:30am - 12am
Friday6:30am - 1am
Saturday6:30am - 1am
Roadtrips
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
5 stops | 4 hr 46 min total driving
Information
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
Yes
Outdoor Seating
No

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