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WHITE STAR DINER Neighbourhood ...... Downtown Address ............. 258 Kennedy Phone ............. 204-947-6930 Entrées ...................... $ 9- $ 18
One of the best parts of eating at a bonafide old-school diner is getting swept up in nostalgia brought on by memorabilia and mom-and-pop fare . White Star Diner takes it one step further , whisking customers away with curated wistfulness of a decidedly nautical slant .
Chef and founder Bruce Smedts ’ two great passions — well-executed diner cuisine and ocean liners — come together in this downtown corner spot . Named after the British shipping line that operated famous ocean liners , the diner is stuffed with keepsakes collected by Smedts and ciao ! reviews
gifted to him by Winnipeg ’ s fellow ocean liner enthusiasts through the years . A stack of books about the Titanic , the most notable ship of the White Star Lines fleet , are within reach of waiting customers seeking sea-faring intrigue , and a mini replica of the still-running RMS Queen Mary adorns the wall .
The fun doesn ’ t stop with the diner ’ s design : White Star Diner serves 17 sandwiches , 11 burgers and 40 milkshakes , and diners can mix and match ingredients . Meatloaf , spiked with horseradish , comes as an entrée slathered in gravy and mushrooms or mixed with fries and cheesy squeakers for an extraordinarily decadent poutine . Pulled pork , made in-house , is piled onto burgers and grilled cheeses alike while red wine mushrooms add a boost to every meaty dish they accompany .
A veggie iteration of the classic Reuben sandwich with all the sauerkraut and thousand island dressing fixings surprises and delights . This meat-free alternative to an old favourite posits fresh tomato slices as the main filler instead of corned beef — and in doing so invents the ultimate tomato sandwich . Sides like carrot and potato stampot , a comforting mashup of root vegetables , and deli-style coleslaw doused in a juicy vinaigrette are vibrant options .
Milkshakes are worth the extra calories — especially if you believe the chalkboard declaring the 40 flavours “ slimming .” Some shakes , like the spot-on creamsicle , pay homage to childhood , and others , like the chocolate raspberry balsamic , are creative offerings to today ’ s foodie palates .
Much like the ships that transport tourists on luxe transatlantic vacations , White Star Diner invests in experience , serving top-notch sandwiches , burgers and poutines in a memorable atmosphere .

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