2017 Restaurant Wrap Up

December27

2017 has been another exceptional year of Winnipeg Dining. I was recently at the Food Bloggers Canada conference which highlighted the adventures of two bloggers and their trip across Canada. When asked what their biggest surprise was, they quickly answered “Winnipeg-the food scene is amazing there”!

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Ethnic restaurants still abound, especially in Winnipeg’s West End where I enjoyed Mercadito Latino,

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Halong Bay,

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Sushi Cushi,

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and Nhu Quynh.

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I revisited old favourites like the Falafel Place on Corydon,

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Olympia Diner on west Portage Ave. ,

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East India Company on York,

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Piazza di Nardi on Taylor

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and The Cottage Bakery on Pembina.

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Visiting new (or relatively new) restaurants kept me busy and satiated: Bermax Caffe + Bistro on Corydon

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Saddlery on Market,

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Beet Happening on Notre Dame

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and Harth Pizza and Wine Bar on south St. Anne’s Road.

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The burgeoning craft brewery scene had me loving the fare at One Great City,

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Brazen Hall and

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and KYU Grill at The Commom at The Forks. I have the newest brewery on my “must try” list: I understand that Timmy Tom’s Pizzeria at The Trans Canada Brewing Company is in the running for the best pizza in the city.

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Across the Board was in a category on its own where you can sup on carefully made food while you play a board game from their inventory of hundreds.

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There were a number of delightful surprises for me in 2017: 1) The amazing Ruben and hand cut fries at the Diner’s Grill in a St. Boniface Industrial Park

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2) Black Garlic Linguine with arugula and parmesan at Crème D’Essence in another Industrial Park (Inkster)

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3) The modern dishes rooted in First Nation Foods of pickerel and bannock at The Feast Café Bistro

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4) the unique atmosphere and premise-made delights at Caked with Love

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and last but nowhere near least 5) the restaurant and butcher shop that is Boucher Bouchee. With their focus on local, small-farm, sustainable meat & artisanal local goods, they represent exactly what surprised my trans Canada trekking blogger friends.

Kath’s quote: “Going to a restaurant is one of my keenest pleasures. Meeting someplace with old and new friends, ordering wine, eating food, surrounded by strangers, I think is the core of what it means to live a civilised life”. -Adam Gopnik
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Love never fails.

 

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