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bestlist Leopold’s Tavern 696 Osborne St, 204-421-5367. The cozy bar’s large menu features pub snacks, burgers and poutines. Finish the Beef, Chicken, Pig X2 burger (plus the side) and get your photo on the wall of fame. WA, LP, A, IA, M, V Nonsuch Brewing Co 125 Pacific Ave, 204-666-7824. Cool brewery with umbrella adorned ceiling offers seven taps of pours. Chef Tyrone Welchinski’s seasonal charcuterie-focused menu is exquisite. WA, LP, SP, IA, M, V One Great City Brewing Co 1596 Ness Ave, 204‑210‑2337. Sleek St. James neighbourhood brewpub with a creative menu of elevated bar food to match six varieties of beer brewed on site. WA, LP, SP, A, IA, M, V The Poutine King 121 Osborne St, 204-452-1019. The food truck by the same name now has a restaurant and lounge. This Osborne Village eatery serves more than a dozen poutines plus other pub grub favourites. LP, IA, M, V The Roost 651 Corydon Ave, 204‑414‑9313. A place to perch on Corydon Ave, with clever cocktails incorporating seasonal ingredients matched by a changing menu of creative small plates. LP, SP, A, IA, M, V Shannon’s Irish Pub 175 Carlton St, 204-943‑2302. Irish hospitality is extended through a huge menu of classic pub food and traditional Irish dishes, like sheperd’s pie prepared with ground lamb. Also, darts and billiards. LP, SP, A, IA, M, V, ATM Tavern United Four locations, tavernunited.com. Play a game of darts or pool, or sit back and watch the big game on one of many big screens at this English sports pub. The downtown location features an impressive rooftop patio. WA, LP, SP, A, IA, M, V Underdogs 2609 Portage Ave, 204‑615‑6104. Rally around smart, creative pub staples at this sports bar styled spot. Perogy nachos, chorizo poutine and yam- topped burgers give bar food a good name. LP, IA, M, V The Yellow Dog Tavern 386 Donald St, 204‑775‑6676. Simple, scratch-made food such as perogies, pizza, bruschetta and soups make this no-frills, fryer-free tavern a perfect place for a pint and a plate. WA, LP, A, IA, M, V REGIONAL/CANADIAN Blaze Restaurant & Lounge Delta Winnipeg, 350 St. Mary Ave, 204‑944‑7259. Sophisticated prairie cuisine is served in a contemporary setting. Shareable appies along with meat and cheese boards are perfect for group nibbling. WA, LP, A, IA, M, V 38 ciao! / aug/sep / two thousand nineteen Chew 532 Waterloo St, 204‑667‑2439. Mod rustic River Heights bistro tucked into a tiny strip mall delivers big on local seasonal tastes. Roasted beets and pork belly tempt. WA, LP, IA, M, V Fusion Grill 550 Academy Rd, 204-489‑6963. Talented Chef Lorna Murdoch uses fresh products sourced locally to create stunning Manitoba regional cuisine. The wine list is exclusively Canadian. LP, A, IA, M, V Gates on Roblin 6945 Roblin Blvd, 204-224‑2837. This elegant country estate has several rooms offering a charming, contemporary dining atmosphere. Pan-Canadian menu is strong on fish and meat. WA, LP, SP, A, IA, M, V Pineridge Hollow 67086 Heatherdale Rd 25E, Oakbank, 204‑777‑3880. Beautiful country restaurant houses an impressive gift and decor store. Try perogies stuffed with wild mushrooms as a regionally inspired treat. WA, LP, SP, IA, M, V Prairie 360 83 Garry St, 204‑505‑2681. This revolving restaurant offers regional cuisine with a view. Whiskey lounge two floors down features premium pours grouped according to flavour profile. WA, LP, A, IA, M, V Resto 12 Radisson Hotel, 288 Portage Ave, 204‑697‑1495. This downtown hotel restaurant offers an expansive view of north Portage Ave from the 12th floor. Menu includes a variety of dairy-free, gluten-free and vegetarian options. WA, LP, A, IA, M, V Smith 75 Forks Market Rd, 204‑944‑2445. Plays on plaid and nostalgic Canadian touches offer a backdrop to scratch- made regional cuisine. Pounded cheese is a favourite shareable starter. WA, LP, SP, A, IA, M, V The VG Restaurant The Fairmont Hotel, 2 Lombard Pl, 204‑985‑6255. Chef Tim Palmer wows with unique applications of local flavours. Surprises, like Vietnamese pho with a vegan twist, wow the lunch crowd. WA, LP, A, IA, M, V RIBS The Rib Room Best Western Plus Downtown Winnipeg, 330 York Ave, 204-942‑0101. This long-time local favourite has built its reputation on ribs, but the extensive menu also includes lamb, prime rib and filet mignon. WA, LP, A, IA, M, V Tony Roma’s Famous for Ribs 1212 Nairn Ave, 204-668‑7995; 656 St. James St, 204-949‑9426; 1500 Pembina Hwy, 204‑477‑5195. This family-friendly chain has won many awards for its baby back ribs with distinct signature rib sauces. WA, LP, SP, A, IA, M, V SOUTH AMERICAN/ SPANISH Café Dario 1390 Erin St, 204‑783‑2813. Chef Dario Pineda‑Gutierrez prepares Nuevo Latino cuisine. Outstanding five-course dinners for $44 prix fixe. Reservations recommended. LP, SP, A, IA, M, V Carnaval Brazilian BBQ 270 Waterfront Dr, 204‑505‑0945. Winnipeg’s only Brazilian barbeque has carved out a sizzling carnivore’s paradise in the Exchange District. WA, LP, SP, A, IA, M, V Corrientes Argentine Pizzeria 137 Bannatyne Ave, 204‑219‑5398. Argentinean-style pizza boutique serves up pies with unique toppings and empanadas in an historic Exchange District location. LP, SP, IA, M, V Hermanos Restaurant & Wine Bar 179 Bannatyne Ave, 204-947-5434. Nibble on tapas and mains, such as the steak topped with crab chèvre cream and zippy chimichurri, at this rustic Latin spot. LP, SP, A, IA, M, V Segovia 84 Stradbrook Ave, 204‑477‑6500. This chic tapas restaurant features tastes of Spain in Chef Adam Donnelly’s creative shareables. Finish each meal off with an addicting mascarpone and pistachio stuffed date. WA, LP, SP, IA, M, V STEAK & SEAFOOD 529 Wellington Steakhouse 529 Wellington Cres, 204-487‑8325. A renovated historic mansion offers grand style along with top Canadian prime beef. Over 800 wine list selections. WA, LP, SP, A, IA, M, V Carne Italian Chophouse 295 York Ave, 204‑896‑7275. Chef Michael Dacquisto’s blend of classic Italian and fusion influences creates an engaging menu in a slick downtown setting. WA, LP, IA, M, V Chop Steakhouse & Bar 1750 Sargent Ave, 204‑788‑2015. This swanky steakhouse flaunts an in-house butcher and pastry chef. Stylish shades- of-grey interiors and a modern menu make it a go-to spot. WA, LP, A, IA, M, V Hy’s Steakhouse 1 Lombard Pl, 204‑942‑1000. A classic Winnipeg establishment for more than 60 years, comfortably opulent with traditional dark panelling. Canadian prime rib and perfectly aged steaks are outstanding. WA, LP, A, IA, M, V The Keg Steakhouse & Bar Three locations, www.kegsteakhouse.com. The Keg delivers sizzling steaks off the grill, slow-roasted prime rib and rock lobster tails in a friendly, casual atmosphere. WA, LP, SP, A, IA, M, V Rae & Jerry’s 1405 Portage Ave, 204-783‑6155. Little has changed at this steakhouse since its inception in 1957. Old school favourites like prime rib sandwiches are superior. WA, LP, SP, A, IA, M, V