Culinary revelations abound in the province of Manitoba and our northern communities are no exception. From authentic Thai to retro drive-throughs, you’ll find something to tickle your taste buds along the Northern Flavour Trail.
Some of these restaurants have seasonal hours and closures, so we recommend you check ahead.
Sasagiu Rapids Lodge
Thai creations at Sasagiu Falls.
Situated along Hwy 6
38 mins south of Thompson/15 mins north of Wabowden
Nestled between Setting and Bostrom Lakes and overlooking the Sasagiu Rapids, you can take in the scenery while you chow down on an authentic Thai menu created by Thai born chef Thiti Grandbois. Sasagiu Rapids Lodge‘s menu boasts pad Thai, pad ka pow and crispy Thai spring rolls (choose from mild, spicy or super spicy!), against the back drop of a stunning northern setting. If you’re in the mood for comfort food, the ‘Canadian’ menu offers up hearty burgers, sandwiches, and home fries with gravy.
Lazy Bear Cafe
Lazy Bear Lodge
The cozy log cabin style interior and crackling fireplace will be the first thing to welcome you inside the Lazy Bear Cafe. The aroma of expertly prepared dishes made with local ingredients will be the second. After strategically placing yourself next to the warmth of the fire, tuck into dishes like braised pepper elk, dill roasted arctic char and slow roasted Manitoba bison. The from-scratch breakfast buffet featuring pastries made in-house is not to be missed. And no visit would be complete without a stop at the espresso bar to kickstart your day or to wind it down.
North of Myles Hart Bridge on Mystery Lake Road
This local hangout boasts all your homey favourites enjoyed waterside on the deck as you watch float planes land and take off in the Burntwood River. At Popeyes, you can choose from the Popeye (cheeseburger), Whimpy (double cheeseburger) or Brutus (smokie) paired with homemade fries. (Or don’t choose and go for them all–we don’t judge.) If you’re not full (or even if you are), head to the Sweet Pea for an ice cream cone, sundae or milkshake.
Miss The Pas Restaurant
158 Edwards Street
Take a trip through the past at Miss The Pas Restaurant, where memorabilia and photos line the walls and tell the story of The Pas. As you bask in the truly local atmosphere your eye will wander to the Aboriginal artwork, traps, antlers and snow shoes, while your taste buds will enjoy the traditional fare like hearty breakfasts in the morning and steak, pasta and seafood throughout the day.
Dutch Drive In
1445 Gordon Avenue
Take a step back in time at the Dutch Drive In, where you can have your order brought out to your car and placed on a window tray. This local favourite has been serving up homemade cheeseburgers and their special Dutch fries (hand-peeled potato slices) for more than 60 years. Ice-cream, footlongs and milkshakes also make up the retro-cool menu.
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