With the opening of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights comes the opening of its resident eatery, ERA Bistro. Billed as a “gathering place for good food, sharing and reflection”, here are some other new restaurants in Manitoba that deserve a spot on your “must try” list.
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Inn at the Forks, 75 Forks Market Road
Wrapped in the comfortable stripes of the Hudson Bay Company, well-known Winnipeg chef Alex Svenne brings his big flavors to uncomplicated plates featuring local ingredients. Try the bison flat iron with whiskey glaze or the signature Smith Burger, topped with Smith Steak Sauce, caramelized onions, maple smoked cheddar and crispy bacon. Chef Alex recommends adding a fried egg.
63026 Provincial Road 307, Seven Sisters Falls
Newly reopened after Chef Jozef took a hiatus to spend time with his family, Jennifer’s promises traditional European cooking. Try the Hungarian Goulash, made with beef, pork “paprika and lots of wonderful spices” before digging into the Wiener Schnitzel, a Jennifer’s classic available for all you can eat on Wednesdays.
#10 Victor Ave, Onanole
While this Riding Mountain restaurant has been open for over a year, the popularity of its wood fired pizzas have spurred a second location opening in May 2015 in downtown Wasagaming. Try the 204, a pizza featuring potato, bacon, cheddar, caramelized onions and sour cream. This “community place” is dedicated to supporting local farmers – it even features its suppliers on its website.
A-1670 Corydon, Winnipeg
The Winnipeg chef behind Deseo Bistro, Scott Bagshaw, opened Enoteca this past June. The menu features small plates, including beef tartar, cured hamachi, duck pastrami and crisp sweetbreads. Once a former Quizno’s, this is no sandwich joint; the cozy space fits about 30 people eager to try the daily features such as white prawns with squid ink risotto.
Unit 3, 40 Centre St, Gimli
Although technically not a restaurant, Flatlander Coffee Shop is serving up fresh coffee and delicious treats like the Sugar Me Cookie. Reviews on the company’s Facebook site show that many are calling Flatlander coffee the best cup they’ve ever had. Roasting beans from Columbia, El Salvador and Peru in-house, you can visit their location near the shores of Lake Winnipeg for a coffee of a lifetime, or you can place an order online to save on gas.
Communities around Manitoba
Weekends until November 2
Let’s be honest, fall suppers are neither restaurants or new, but we can’t talk about food in the fall without mentioning the Manitoba tradition of communities opening their doors to share the bounty of harvest. Usually held in a church or community hall, fall suppers typically feature some combination of turkey, meatballs, mashed potatoes, perogies, veggies and hot buttery buns, finished off with mouth-watering pies of every kind. Fall suppers are fundraising efforts for the communities; generally tickets cost between $10 and $20 – a steal considering there are no restrictions on how high you can pile your plate.