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The Cornerstone Bar & Restaurant is open daily 11 am-2 am .
Neighbourhood .... St . Boniface Address ......... 393 Marion St
Phone ......... 204‐233-2843
Entrées ............. $ 11- $ 14
The Marion Hotel has long been a favourite for patrons who love the bar and local band scene , but now the St . Boniface landmark is attracting a new crowd of customers . A 65-seat restaurant with an adjoining patio opened its doors in February 2014 and the Marion Street Eatery ’ s fresh take on comfort foods has been drawing crowds from across the city ever since .
Owner Laneil Smith — whose family owns the hotel — and friend and chef Melissa Hryb , have transformed
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a former Polish restaurant into a neighbourhood hot spot that focuses on approachable and affordable homestyle favourites .
The open , sunlit space has been filled with a welcoming mix of clean lines and vintage textures where sleek dark floors , a black ceiling and contemporary art pair with wrought iron lighting , leather tufted banquettes and mismatched wooden chairs .
Smith and Hryb , who met through Red River College ’ s hospitality program , use a team of aspiring student chefs to execute pub-inspired dishes that utilize local ingredients .
Some patrons come for the familiar comfort of burgers and pencil thin house made fries or the pleasures of an oven roasted beet salad and candied pistachios on a bed of greens . Others tuck into the breakfasts that read like a page from a pioneer cookbook — eggs with maple sugar ham , bacon and sausages , light and fluffy pancakes
with three choices of syrup or generous omelettes with hash and toast . The eggs benny sports two perfectly poached eggs and ham in a velvety hollandaise resting on toasted croissant .
Elevated classics include mac and cheese , studded with broccoli and bacon and bathed in a creamy Bothwell cheddar sauce , with a dusting of sweet and tangy honey mustard pretzels . Chili is transformed with lean and delicious bison meat emboldened with chili peppers and garlic , and sweetened with caramelized onions . Sandwiches are all impressive including one of grilled vegetables on a ciabbata bun . Fresh feta and basil spread , a stack of sweet peppers , portobello mushrooms and artichoke hearts make this extraordinary .
There are no reservations and Sunday breakfasts are busy but those desperate for a hit of java need not worry . A friendly server offers a dark and delicious brew while you wait .
but worldly , modest but tasty … We silently hummed ‘ Oh Canada ’ as we ate … It ’ s become a can ’ t miss spot - Iron Chef Rob Feenie
One of Canada ’ s Top Ten Restaurants - The Globe and Mail
Winnipeg ’ s “ Best Place to Eat .” - The National Post
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Tuesday to Saturday - Lunch and Dinner . Reservations appreciated . Walk-ins welcome . 550 Academy Road at Lanark Street 204.489.6963 www . fusiongrill . mb . ca
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