Insider’s Guide

Best of International Houston: Canada

Hockey, poutine and, of course, the Maple Leaf

By Sarah Rufca Nielsen September 1, 2015 Published in the September 2015 issue of Houstonia Magazine

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Sugar Land Ice & Sports Center

Population in Houston: 14,000 (the 12th largest Canadian population in the country)

“Pretty much the only [Canadian] outlet I have is Maple Leaf Pub, where they have NHL on the TV screens. During the Stanley Cup it gets pretty intense. People come wearing jerseys, but even though they may talk some shit, hockey fans are pretty low-key. The only time Canadians get rowdy is when we put on some skates.” —Matt Wommack, executive chef at Prohibition Supperclub & Bar

Maple Leaf Pub

514 Elgin St., 713-520-6464,

This low-key Midtown bar was founded by Sean and Olivia Blair, Canadians both, as a place to watch hockey (with the sound on!) and drink Molson, but a busy schedule of poker, trivia and karaoke make it popular in any season.

Sugar Land Ice & Sports Center

16225 Lexington Blvd., 281-265-7465,

If hockey is your religion, this rink is your mecca. In addition to a hockey academy and leagues for both kids and adults of all levels, the on-site pro shop is one of the best places in Houstonia to score hockey gear, while the attached sports bar, The Locker Room, offers something else all Canadians crave: Tim Horton’s single-serve K-cups, along with ketchup Lay's and Molson on draft. We're still holding out for Timbits, though. (Ed. Note: The Locker Room has since closed.)

Skratch Food Truck

Poutine can be found at several restaurants around town, but our north-of-the-border informants tell us that only Skratch’s version is worthy of the name, with a topping of honest-to-goodness cheese curds that produce the requisite squeak.

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