It’s summertime and making a list of top places to eat in Manitoba is t.o.u.g.h. There are just too many choices out there! We’ve already talked about our festival feasts and showcased a bunch of insanely delicious sweets, now we’re giving you a few trendy spots you’ll wanna try. Because you’ve got a taste for the best, you just need to take a bite. Here’s how to eat cool for the summer…
PEG Beer Co. — Winnipeg
Thirsting for a cold beer in a cool location? Head over to the new PEG Beer Co. in Winnipeg’s historic Exchange District! This independent brew pub’s M.O. is to make you as passionate about good food, craft beer and Winnipeg as they are. It’s a great place to hit up with your buddies for a cold beer and a savoury flatbread.
Chosabi — Winnipeg
Another must-go-eat-there place in the Exchange District is Asian eatery, Chosabi. From rice bowls to poké bowls to their famous sushi burritos, this place takes Asian cuisine and spins it on its head. When ordering your sushi burrito, don’t forget to grab a pint of Mr. Chow, Chosabi’s exclusive lager on tap.
The Chilli Chutney — Brandon
Nestled in the heart of Manitoba’s agricultural mecca Brandon, rests an authentic East Indian culinary delight called the The Chilli Chutney. Like all good East Indian restaurants, there is a lot of variety on the menu, including deep friend paneer, chicken vindaloo, samosas (oh, samosas), biryani, butter chicken and gubab jamun. Drooling yet? Yeah, thought so.
We’re in peak market season people! Around every corner is a community market to fill up on fresh food and handmade fare. In Winnipeg, check out Downtown Farmers’ Market, St. Norbert Farmers’ Market and The Forks Farmers’ Market. And if you haven’t been out to the Arnes Farmers’ Market in the Interlake, you really need to get on that.
Clementine — Winnipeg
Oh my darling, oh my darling Clementine, what a refreshing new place you are to dine. The owners of Segovia, one of Winnipeg’s top restaurants, have opened this new breakfast and lunch spot in the heart of the Exchange. But this is not your usual daytime fare. Not with a menu that lists Turkish eggs, smoked Arctic char and fried chicken toast.
Saperavi — Winnipeg
The first Georgian restaurant on the prairies showcases the unique flavours of this small county, which has influences from Middle Eastern, Western Asian and European traditions. Saperavi’s kitchen uses fresh and authentic ingredients and the bar serves some amazing Georgian wines.
White House Bakery — Wasagaming
A toasted cinnamon bun for breakfast from White House is an absolute must when you’re in Riding Mountain National Park. I was there recently and discovered they have a maple version. And boy was it ever good. I was a little wary that the bun might be too sweet with the maple glaze, but no, it was just perfect. And perfectly toasted. They have a ton of other fresh baked goodies and heart-warming meals, but I can never resist their sweet buns.
The Timbers — Morden
You gotta love a patio with a view! Nestled in the midst of the Minnewasta Golf and Country Club, The Timbers restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy dining al fresco. Marvel at the panoramic views while you sip on a cold ice tea and nosh one of their tasty sandwiches like the Winkler — a Winkler sausage smothered in caramelized onions and cheese served on a hoagie.
Bell Aura Bed, Breakfast & Bistro — Carman
Breakfast should always be served in a lovely setting. From bannock to Baklava, Bell Aura will delight you with dishes from various countries made with ingredients straight from their organic garden. The signature dish is French Toast Raphael made with eggs, cream, maple syrup, a touch of cinnamon and bread crumbs, then finished off with cream cheese and blueberries. Oh yes, please.
Máquè — Winnipeg
Scott Bagshaw does it again! Scott, one of Winnipeg’s top chefs, has just opened Máquè — an Asian fusion inspired restaurant on Dorchester and Stafford. It’s another Bagshaw eatery where art meets taste, fine wines compliment fine ingredients. Make sure you get a reservation ahead because this place only seats around 38 and it’s BUSY!
Livery Barn — Steinbach
Reminiscent of livery barns that were “rest stops” for pioneers, the Livery Barn in the Mennonite Heritage Village offers refreshing beverages and a taste of traditional Mennonite food. The foarma worscht (locally made pork sausage) and vereniki (perogy filled with cottage cheese) smothered in schmauntfatt (savoury cream gravy) are especially delicious.
Ship & Plough Tavern
How about some Cheeseburger Flatbread? Maybe a bowl of dill pickle soup? Possibly a few dark chocolate chip chili cookies? These are all a thing at the Ship & Plough, one of Gimli’s coolest establishments. This place also features great live entertainment, offers up a bunch of tasty brews, and serves Gimli’s best delicacy: Lake Winnipeg pickerel!
Mon Amis Louis — Winnipeg
Delicious elegant French food at a price everyone can get down with! Located on the lovely L’Esplanade Riel footbridge, Mon Amis Louis is one of the trendiest places to grab a bite in the ‘Peg. Try the tarte flambé (French pizza) or their simple, yet absolutely delicious, chicken burger.
Bin 22 Coffee Co. — Russell
When you have an old historic building, it just makes sense to transform it into a friendly coffee house. And that’s exactly what Bin 22 did to a former red-brick bank in Russell. Their tantalizing espressos, cappuccinos and lattes will keep you lazing in their urban rustic decor for hours and hours. Bring a book!
Spicy Radish Cafe — Whitemouth
Doesn’t pistachio crusted haddock and grandma Jessie’s strawberry pie sound divine? The delightfully named Spicy Radish serves up creative dishes from locally-sourced food. This is a fantastic rest stop on your way to or from Whiteshell Provincial Park.
Dutch Drive In — The Pas
The Dutch fries are a must if you visit this old-fashioned drive in. This place is so old-school that you can still have your order brought to your vehicle by car hops. How many places can boast that anymore? Not many, if any. And those fries are an institution. They are hand-peeled potato slices that are cooked once, then cooked again.
Sasagiu Rapids Lodge — Thompson area
Double your culinary pleasure at Sasagiu Rapids Lodge, where the dining room boasts two, count ’em, TWO full menus — one is loaded with traditional Canadian treats, while the other is Thai-riffic! The lodge overlooks the beautiful Sasagiu Rapids and is only minutes away from Manitoba’s most spectacular Pisew Falls.
Have a favourite place that didn’t make the list? Tell us in the comments! And if you’ve made room for dessert, check out these 30 insanely delicious sweets.