12 TASTE Winnipeg ’ s Culinary Guide 2019-2020
TASTE Winnipeg ’ s Culinary Guide 2019-2020
‘ WHERE SHOULD WE EAT ?’…
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taste winnipeg ’ s culinary guide 2019-2020
what ’ s hot now • destination dining
• restaurant directory
… is the favourite question asked by more than 2 million Winnipeg visitors every year , and an increasing number of them are arriving with an intent to dine in the city ’ s best restaurants .
These ‘ culinary tourists ’ look for a reliable list of the city ’ s best places and recommendations from local editors of food media .
This resource is Taste Magazine .
Designed to direct convention delegates , tour groups , business people and vacationers to the best neighbourhoods and the best places , Taste Magazine is the best place to find Winnipeg ’ s favourite restaurants in one handy guide .
A list of Winnipeg ’ s best restaurants created by editors of Ciao ! and WHERE Winnipeg .
EDITOR ’ S PICKS SIDEBARS CULINARY NEIGHBOURHOOD DISTRICTS VIBRANT RESTAURANT ADS
winnipeg ’ s best list
The definitive taste restaurant list outlines our selection of the top dining establishments in the city . Virtually all of these recommendations are locally owned and operated . Keep this list available for easy reference , whether you are seeking a formal multi-course gourmet extravaganza or simply want the best soup in town . Restaurant details are subject to change without notice . The symbols are as follows : WA — Wheelchair accessible LP — Licensed premises SP — Summer patio A — American Express IA — Interac M — MasterCard V — Visa ATM — Bank machine on-site
— New restaurant
Yafa Café 1785 Portage Ave , 204-221-1636 . This artistic space celebrates Arabic culture , serving street food like manakeesh , a flatbread with sweet or savoury toppings . WA , A , IA , M , V
BAKERY A l ’ Epi de Blé 1757 Main St , 204-334-2526 . Bakes up pastries of Provence , French cakes and hearty loaves of bread . IA , M , V La Belle Baguette 248 Ave de la Cathedrale , 204-219- 2123 ; 1850 Ness Ave , 204-219-9688 . Pastry Chef Alix Loiselle makes everything from rustic loaves to delicate patisserie . WA , SP , IA , M , V Bronuts C-100 King St , bronuts . ca . Trendy spot serving fluffy handmade donuts and specialty coffee drinks . WA , SP , IA , M , V High Tea Bakery 2103 Portage Ave , 204-775-0264 . Customdesigned cakes , dainties and cookies for all occasions . WA , SP , IA , M , V Oh Doughnuts 326 Broadway , 204-615-0802 ; 1194 Taylor Ave , 204-477-1276 ( WA ). Flavours change daily at this gourmet donut shop . Vegan and glutenfriendly varieties . A , IA , M , V Pennyloaf Bakery 858 Corydon Ave , 204-452-2957 . Cozy bakery offers artisan bread baked in a wood-fi red oven , along with cookies and more . WA , SP , IA , M , V Pinky ’ s Bakeshop 439 Stradbrook Ave , 204-453-CAKE . Boutique bakery offers a rainbow of fl avoured cupcakes , ice cream and Thai-fusion desserts . WA , A , IA , M , V
S Squared Pâtisserie 3416 Roblin Blvd , 204-914-5112 . Decadent layered mousse-based cakes , cakes , choux and tarts alongside croissants and other French specialties . WA , A , IA , M , V Sleepy Owl Bread 751 Wall St , 204-417-6444 . Daily breads , buttery fruit danishes and pastries made with local ingredients . WA , A , IA , M , V Tall Grass Prairie Bread Company 859 Westminster Ave , 204-783-5097 ; The Forks Market , main floor . Organic sourdough , rye and cracked wheat . Dairy- and egg-free baking . WA , IA , M , V
BAKERY CAFÉ Cocoabeans Bakeshop 774 Corydon Ave , 204-918-5313 . Glutenfree café serves light , fresh meals that cater to all dietary restrictions , like the vegan Caesar bowl . WA , SP , A , IA , M , V The Frenchway 238 Lilac St , 204-421-9002 . This Lilac Street bakery and café specializes in breakfast and lunch fare using housemade pastries , breads and sweets . WA , SP , IA , M , V Hildegard ' s Bakery 100-686 Portage Ave , 204-615-0889 . A full menu of baked goods along with delicious wood-fired pizza and freshout-of-the-oven breads are served alongside roasted drip coffees from the on-site café . WA , LP , IA , M , V Stella ’ s Café & Bakery Seven locations , stellas . ca . Famous breakfast items like baked eggs and the Mexican breakfast alongside a vast selection of entrées . Housemade breads and jam available for purchase by the loaf and jar . WA , LP , SP , IA , M , V
BARBEQUE Famous Dave ’ s 11 Reenders Dr , 204-504-7200 . This roadhouse style joint is famous for its low and slow smoked ribs . The scratch kitchen serves BBQ favourites alongside classic American sides like cornbread muffins . WA , LP , A , IA , M , V Lovey ’ s BBQ 2-208 Marion St , 204-233-RIBS ( 7427 ). Casual eatery boasting a barbeque pit and scratch-made sauces . Slabs of pork shoulder and brisket are smoked low and slow overnight . WA , LP , IA , M , V
BISTRO Baked Expectations 161 Osborne St , 204-452-5176 . The menu lists comfort food like burgers and pasta , but save room for the sweet stuff . This place is duly noted for its decadent desserts , from tortes to cheesecakes . WA , LP , IA what ’ s hot
Winnipeg is a restaurant city . From buzzed about dining rooms to quiet neighbourhood nooks , a stellar dining scene has its roots in the land and its people .
Bonfire Bistro 1433 Corydon Ave , 204-487-4440 . Famous for wood-fired artisan pizzas , this cozy hangout is the perfect place to unwind . Try the spicy Bonfire Hawaiian . WA , LP , IA , M , V Café 22 823 Corydon Ave , 204-989-5119 . Popular local chain does double duty as family-friendly restaurant and trendy lounge . Pizzas are drawn from a wood burning oven that clinches the flavour and ambience . LP , SP , IA , M , V deer + almond 85 Princess St , 204-504-8562 . This hip , rustic Exchange District restaurant boasts an inspired globally influenced menu of creative , shareable plates . WA , LP , IA , M , V Era Bistro 85 Israel Asper Way , 204-289-2190 . Located in the Canadian Museum for Human Rights , this open concept room serves local fare with an emphasis on sustainability . WA , LP , SP , A , IA , M , V Kevin ' s Bistro 141 Bannatyne Ave , 204-221-5028 . This bright bistro ' s menu brings back the 1970 ' s casserole and ups the mac & cheese ante with a saucy béchamel . WA , LP , A , IA , M , V Prairie Ink Grant Park Shopping Centre , 204-975-2659 . Cozy retreat inside McNally Robinson Booksellers serves healthy fare for all tastes . Extensive fresh juice selection and wonderful desserts . On-site pâtisserie counter . WA , LP , SP , A , IA , M , V Prairie ’ s Edge 2015 Main St , 204-284-7275 . New eatery nestled in the greenery of Kildonan Park offers creative dishes packed with regional ingredients . Pickerel cheeks are a flavour-packed treat . WA , LP , SP , A , IA , M , V Resto at Thermëa 775 Crescent Dr , 204-284-9595 . Located inside Thermëa by Nordik- Spa Nature , this peaceful bistro serves a health-focused menu with touches of regional ingredients . WA , LP , SP , IA , M , V Saucers Cafe 570 Academy Rd , 204-489-9204 . Generous sandwiches , salads , wraps , pizzas , specialty coffees and teas . Try the roasted vegetable bruschetta with goat cheese and tart balsamic reduction . WA , LP , SP , A , IA , M , V Steve ’ s Bistro 3123 Portage Ave , 204-831-5531 . Tuck into hearty portions of Mediterraneaninfluenced cuisine , like tangy housemade olive tapenade and fall-off-thebone rack of lamb with lemon and oregano . WA , LP , SP , A , IA , M , V
Winnipeggers have a killer spread of tastes at their fingertips due to the environmental diversity of our province
Manitoba is a land of contrasts — the vast prairie grasslands of the central plains support one of the most productive agricultural regions in the world , the boreal forest reaches toward the Arctic tundra , Hudson ’ s Bay drains a vast basin of inland lakes and a migratory bird flyway connects hundreds of acres of vibrant wetlands . Within the city , you ’ ll find plates incorporating ingredients and inspiration from the province ’ s wild natural habitats .
PRAIRIE : Manitoba is known for its flat , sweeping prairie overhung by
an awe-inspiring sky . Acres of rich soil proved to be ideal for growing a wide range of edible crops . Produces : Wheat , oats , canola , hemp hearts , pulses ( pictured )
WETLANDS : The province ’ s marshy wetlands teem with life
, including beavers , birds and waterfowl . The signature ingredient from this area , wild rice , is a nutty , dark grain harvested by first nations people for centuries . Produces : Wild rice , bullrushes
TAPROOMS Barn Hammer Brewing Co 595 Wall St , barnhammerbrewing . ca . A stylish industrial space in the West End houses this welcoming taproom . LP , A , IA , M , V Half Pints Brewing Co 550 Roseberry St , 204-832-PINT ( 7468 ). Four flagship beers and seasonal specialties are on tap for sipping by taster or draught , or fill a growler to go . Free brewery tours on Saturdays . WA , LP , A , IA , M , V Little Brown Jug 336 William Ave , 204-500-0441 . Sleek taproom inside a renovated Exchange District heritage space with an open concept design that gives visitors a view of the brewery . WA , LP , SP , A , IA , M , V
Sookram ’ s Brewing Co 479-B Warsaw Ave , sookrams . com . Warehouse-turned-taproom offers flagship beers like its Pilsner Cult Classic on tap and available to take home . WA , LP , A , IA , M , V Stone Angel Brewing Co 9-1875 Pembina Hwy , 204-226-1361 . Try four core beers and a rotating selection of seasonal beer and cider . Devil May Care Brewing Company and Kilter Brewing Co also on-site . WA , LP , IA , M , V Torque Brewing Co 330-830 King Edward St , 204-941-1723 . Sample tried-and-true brews as well as a changing selection of varieties like Russian Imperial Stout , available only at the brewery . WA , LP , SP , A , IA , M , V
LAKES : There are over
100,000 lakes in Manitoba , many connected through a giant web of rivers that leads north to
Hudson ’ s Bay . fishing is a productive pastime , with
more than 30 species biting the lines of local anglers . Produces :
Northern pike , lake trout , bass , muskie , pickerel , whitefish caviar , goldeye ( pictured )
FOREST : The bountiful boreal forests of our province are a forager ’ s dream ,
producing many different kinds of
berries and edible fungi . Early settlers
were drawn by the rumour of wild
strawberries so plentiful , “ you left red
footprints everywhere you walked ”. Produces : Raspberries , cranberries , blueberries , saskatoons , strawberries , rhubarb , lobster mushrooms , morels ( pictured ), chanterelles bestlist
Beet Fritters ,
Prairie ’ s Edge
Trans Canada Brewing Co 1-1290 Kenaston Blvd , 204-666-2337 . Spacious brewpub offers large selection of in-house beers along with fresh pizza and appetizers from onsite pizzeria . WA , LP , A , IA , M , V
Patent 5 Distillery 108 Alexander Ave , 204-995-4999 . Craft distillery serves artful cocktails using house spirits and Manitoba-made bitters alongside charcuterie plates . Reclaimed wood and stained glass give a Prohibition-era vibe . WA , LP , SP , IA , M , V
TEA HOUSE Panda Tea 2999 Pembina Hwy , 204-504-8299 ; 1041 McPhillips St , 204-505-6989 . Tea room serving milk tea , slush drinks and bubble tea in flavours like passionfruit , red bean and taro . IA , M , V Tea Story 224 Osborne St , 204-477-1102 . Bright and playful Japan-influenced space boasts an extensive list of flowering , aged , organic , and bubble teas . WA , A , IA , M , V
THAI Bangkok Thai 100 Osborne St , 2nd floor , 204-474-0908 . Located within the beautiful courtyard at the corner of Osborne and River , this sunlit room creates the perfect setting for exotic Thai dishes served on decorated silver tableware . LP , IA , M , V
Magic Thailand 842 Logan Ave , 204-774-0839 . Welltravelled locals in the know consider this simply styled spot a go-to for authentic Thai curries and stir fry dishes . WA , IA , M , V Sabai Thai Eatery 1113 Corydon Ave , 204-888-6508 . The succinct menu at this neighbourhood hot spot has popular standbys as well as a few contemporary house specials like pickerel cheeks in rich peanut-sesame sauce . WA , LP , SP , IA , M , V Siam Thai 587 St . Anne ’ s Rd , 204-254-7765 . This small , suburban ethnic eatery focuses its cuisine on central Thailand and uses the freshest produce . Chef ’ s specials include stir-fried chicken in chile jam . WA , LP , IA , M , V Sukhothai 191 Osborne St , 204-633-6907 . The comfortable modern interior is a good counterpoint to classic Thai cuisine . Perfect hot and sour soup keeps fans returning . WA , LP , IA , M , V
VEGETARIAN Affinity Vegetarian Garden [ Chinese ] 100-208 Edmonton St , 204-943-0251 . With 88 dishes , this small eatery has the most diverse vegetarian menu in town . For those who can ’ t decide , try a combination plate or go for the daily changing lunch buffet . IA , M , V
Best All-Day Breakfast
Lingering over coffee and eggs in a sunlit café is a certain , simple pleasure , and Winnipeg is blessed when it comes to delightful all-daybreakers . Cilantro sauce , guac and house-made salsa add a zesty olé to Stella ’ s Café ' s Mexican breakfast . Two sunny side eggs on soft corn tortillas , accompanied with hash browns , refried beans and shredded cheddar , add
a full plate of hearty fuel for the day . feast your eyes and
palate on tempting southern treats at The Tallest Poppy , like crispy buttermilk fried chicken on Belgian waffles , both savoury and sweet with a drizzle of maple syrup on crackling , seasoned crust . Several eggs Benny varieties at The Oakwood make choosing difficult , but we recommend
wellthe roasted turkey , bacon and cheddar version . Turkey turns out to be just as perfect for soaking up creamy hollandaise and egg yolk . Though falafels have always been the signature dish at Falafel Place , other specialties keep the menu fresh . Middle Eastern shakshuka is spicy , stewed with a mix of tomatoes , onions and banana peppers , and topped with runny-yolk eggs . Toasted triangles of pita are perfect for sopping up the mix . Clementine Café reimagines breakfast with inventive flavour combinations , melding thoughtfulness and creativity with accessibility , in a trendy atmosphere . Buttery sourdough and Turkish-style poached eggs are delivered on a bed of hummus , topped with warm chilli butter and zhoug , a pesto-like Middle Eastern spice paste singing with cilantro and long-burning spice . no breakfast list would be complete without Winnipeg institution The Original Pancake House . The German-style giant apple pancake is legendary , laden with a bubbling mixture of cinnamon sugar-coated apples , but one can never go wrong with a plateful of fluffy buttermilk hot cakes topped with whipped notre Dame Creamery butter .
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Eat your way through these unique and diverse neighbourhoods for a tasty tour of Winnipeg
exchange district This 22-block
22-block historic neighbourhood is home to some of Winnipeg ’ s
oldest buildings and some of its most stylish , creative kitchens . Sandwiches get the royal treatment at hip corner joint King + Bannatyne . Try a playful weekly special or chow down on juicy
, tender brisket , accented simply with a swipe of mustard .
Mac and cheese are the main event at Kevin ’ s Bistro , served up in
12 different styles . The “ Hops and Blue ” is speckled with blue
cheese and caramelized onion , swimming in creamy sauce spiked with a Belgian witbier from Torque Brewery . Gauchos work the room at Carnaval , brandishing spears of sirloin cap and spicy pork sausage with knives poised and ready to Bison Nachos , slice juicy meat morsels at a diner ’ s whim , making one Saddlery on Market feel like medieval royalty . Highly addictive flavoured popcorn and salted edamame are offered as snacks for hungry gamers to munch on between turns , but excellent entrées make Across the Board Game Café worth a visit whether you ’ re itching to roll dice or not . An umami-rich soup loaded with vermicelli and tender shreds of pork is topped with cabbage and pickled veggies , offering a crisp counterpoint to the rich broth below . Saddlery on Market ’ s expansive menu is much like its ample interior , gracious in size and full of options . Bison nachos slathered with citrus crème and pico de gallo combine Winnipeg pride with international intentions .
Photography by Ian McCausland ( Beet Fritters and Smoked Goldeye )
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EAST INDIA CO
FOOLS & HORSES
PRINCESS ST .
KING ST .
KING + BANNATYNE
NOTRE DAME AVE
ST MARY AVE
ACROSS THE BOARD
CAPITAL GRILL AND BAR
MARKET AVE .
BANNATYNE NATYNE AVE
LOMBARD AVE charged centre of the city , Winnipeg ’ s business district teems with dining options ranging from fast casual cafés to swanky rooms with elegance . With a sleek interior and smart menu , Capital Grill and Bar is the epitome of classy comfort food . Generouslysized Dungeness crab cakes are crispy and golden , perfect for dunking into roasted garlic aioli . Everything from the menu to the lounge-like interior at La Roca exudes authentic contemporary Mexican cuisine . Eight varieties of tacos on offer range from traditional carnitas to grilled fish tucked into tortillas or lettuce wraps . East India Co delivers a rich sensory experience rivalled only by a trip to India . Submerged in a creamy sauce , slices of house-made cheese sandwich thin layers of nuts , raisins and cardamom in the paneer pasanda . Gleaming glass and chic marble make up the hip Fools & Horses coffee shops . The Modbar brewing system sees baristas pulling espresso shots from sleek chrome ‘ taps ’. Izakaya Edokko ’ s sleek curved booths and gleaming sushi bar set the stage for Chef Masa Sugita ’ s elevated street eats . Okonomiyaki and a huge selection of delicate sushi rolls are superb .
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