The Gates 6945 Roblin Blvd.

Just outside Winnipeg is the community of Headingley. The pastoral setting where The Gates is located can instantly provide the rural ambience you may be craving. Our reservation for four put us at a window near the front of the restaurant where we felt like we were in the formal dining room of a good…

ERA Bistro 85 Israel Asper Way

No visit to Winnipeg is complete without an afternoon spent at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. The varied exhibits are fascinating as is the architecture of the building. Commence or conclude your tour with a stop at ERA Bistro on the main floor. This fabulous setting provides the perfect environment to sample dishes from…

Ripe Bistro 842 Corydon Ave.

Just on the edge of the popular Corydon strip in Winnipeg sits Ripe Bistro. You may remember it from previous manifestations like Gluttons and Mise. On the Saturday evening that my husband and I visited Ripe, every dining seat was spoken for, so we happily perched ourselves at the bar top. Head chef/owner Tom Pitt,…

Fools & Horses – 379 Broadway

Fools & Horses is a lovely, uncluttered space where I had previously enjoyed coffee and toast on the sidewalk patio. My eldest daughter is a regular here, as are the numerous people her age, perched in front of their laptops and tablets or snuggled up with a coffee, sitting shoulder to shoulder.

Smith – 75 Forks Market Road

Live like a tourist in your own town. Spend time at the Inn at the Forks for a Winnipeg staycation, and treat yourself to dinner or lunch at Smith. My visit with three friends began with a bottle of 14 Hands Merlot. Our waiter was very accommodating and gave us lots of time to place…

Hy’s Steakhouse – 1 Lombard Place

Iconic Hy’s Steakhouse has been a fixture on Winnipeg’s dining scene for ages but has enjoyed a recent resurgence. Perhaps the reason is the return to Winnipeg of General Manager Jason Sohor. Jason rose through the ranks of Hy’s in Vancouver and Toronto. His passion for Hy’s menu offerings, especially their beef was clearly evident…

Mon Ami Louis – 50 Provencher Blvd.

An old acquaintance of mine once bought a former railway bridge here in Winnipeg so that he could open a restaurant on it. I kid you not. The building’s 360 degree view of the river offers a stunning setting for dining. Unfortunately, two successful restaurants have tried and failed with a restaurant concept on the…

Chaise Café – 271 Provencher Blvd.

The prix fixe menu at Chaise Cafe is served family-style. Lunch began with three salads: the potato salad, their amazing roasted beet and chevre salad and a mini grilled Caesar salad. I love the taste of the actual potato in a salad and prefer it when the spuds are lightly tossed with oil and vinegar.…

Eddy’s Place – 669 Selkirk Ave.

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…

Tapastry – 620 Niakwa Rd.

Tapas is a derivative of a Spanish word tapar, that is “to cover”. In Spain, a thin slice of meat was once offered to drape over a glass of wine to keep the fruit flies out. The custom became so popular that little dishes of delectable food offerings became the norm. “Tapas-try” is the perfect…

The Peasant Cookery – 283 Bannatyne Ave.

There are restaurants the world over, playing lip-service to “slow food” and “from-scratch” cooking. As always, the proof is in the proverbial pudding. There is one ingredient on Peasant Cookery’s Charcuterie Board that takes six months to prepare. How’s that for slow food! The art of curing and hanging meat was originally done before the…

The Tallest Poppy – 103 Sherbrook St.

If comfort food is what you crave, The Tallest Poppy is your answer. Here, it’s acceptable to order fried chicken and waffles for breakfast, and take joy in the maple syrup enriching the buttermilk coating of the chicken. A similar extravagance is achieved with its tender beef brisket – and if you miss your chance…

The Mitchell Block – 173 McDermot Avenue

Review by Roger Monk Previously operating under the name Tre Visi, new owner Sean McKay, rebranded his McDermot Street restaurant, The Mitchell Block, a few short months ago. The name pays homage to the Mitchell Drug Company that built the building for their pharmacy and laboratory in 1886. While the restaurant no longer offers traditional…