Eddy’s Place – 669 Selkirk Ave.

The Reuben with hand-cut fries.

The Reuben with hand-cut fries.

If you are interested in exceptional homemade food served up in a quirky atmosphere, check out Eddy’s Place in Winnipeg’s culturally-rich North End. Reacquired by Eddy’s descendants, the vibrant spot is now owned by mother and son team, Annette and Daniel Gougeon, and Daniel’s spouse, Tanis Desrochers. In Eddy’s glory days, or so the tale goes, Winnipeg businessmen would hold their breakfast meetings in the booths set along one wall of the pool hall. If they managed to snag the perfect table, they could keep a watchful eye on their Mercedes or BMW parked in the lot across the street. An authentic, “kitschy” décor of orange acrylic tables, patterned carpets, wood walls, moose antlers and a beer-can fishing rod is what you can expect.

We all know that our own relatives make Winnipeg’s best perogies. My mom drizzled melted butter in between perogy layers and then pan-fried them in more butter just before serving. Eddy’s comes very close to my fond memories and included generous cuts of kielbasa which were fried on the grill.

The hand-cut fries that accompanied the Reuben shared on this day were delicious on their own and, elevated by the grated marble cheese and homemade chili, that was the daily feature. The sandwich was sensational and included a smear of mustard in addition to the traditional ingredients.

Review and photo by Kathryne Grisim