Patate Ben-Venue

Drive-In | Hamburgers | Hot Dog
One of the best

The snack bar known as Patate Ben-Venue, which could liberally be translated as “Potato Welcome,” has a business card headlined “Frites Maison.” And pommes frites, aka French fries, sure are the specialty of the house. Ben Venue has been getting its potatoes from the same family potato farm for over a quarter of a century.

When I stepped up to the counter to complement chef on her French fries, she proudly explained what she called the “three stages of the pomme frite: not cooked, half cooked, ready to eat.” It is double frying that gives pommes frites at so many of Quebec’s premier snack bars their chewy skin and creamy center. With nothing but a sprinkle of salt, they are fried potatoes at full glory.

The same spuds are the foundation for Ben-Venue’s poutine. Their crisp edges suffer from the blanket of gravy, but the flavor combo can’t be beat. While the curds in this poutine are not necessarily squeaky-fresh, heat from the potatoes and gravy does turn them semi-molten, adding dairy tang that complements potatoes so well.

The Ben-Venue cook boasted that her cheeseburger (billed on the menu as “notre fameux cheeseburger) is made with pure Velveeta, a thick slab of which is melted into a sliced bun that is griddle cooked on both sides until wickedly crisp. Only then is the grilled meat inserted, along with works that include mustard, onion, pickle, and slaw (but no ketchup). Likewise, when you order a Ben Venue hot dog roti, it comes on a gorgeous grilled bun, the buttery luxe of which sings mischievous harmony with the blubbery little wiener inside.

What to Eat
Patate Ben-Venue, Cheeseburger
Both sides of the bun are crisped on the griddle.
Patate Ben-Venue, Poutine
Ben-Venue has won many awards for its poutine
Patate Ben-Venue, Hot Dog
Hot Dog
O, what a bun! The wiener inside is fine, but in this package, it's more a supporting player.
Patate Ben-Venue, French Fries
French Fries
Glorious pommes-frites, wanting only a sprinkle of salt
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday10am - 7pm
Monday10am - 7pm
Tuesday10am - 7pm
Wednesday10am - 7pm
Thursday10am - 7pm
Friday10am - 7pm
Saturday10am - 7pm
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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