Sample perogy spring rolls or bison mango salad at upscale Horfrost Restaurant & Bar in Portage la Prairie. Nearby, the Grindstone Bakery is an eco-friendly lunch spot where you can watch as flour is milled for bread and other goodies.
Enjoy authentic Mexican and Mennonite cuisine in Winkler, or pull into Nora's Diner in Gretna for quality comfort food.
In the Interlake, drop anchor at the Ship & Plough. The Gimli gastropub specializes in home-cooked meals and live music. Try fish tacos made with local pickerel with a pint of draft. It's a great place for a break after some serious browsing at the eclectic emporium that is H.P. Tergesen & Sons general store.
In Brandon, Remington's Seafood & Steakhouse puts a high-end spin on surf-and-turf. Organic fare more your style? Try a veggie-hummus sandwich at Brandon's Wildflower Cafe before you cruise its shabby-chic Abby Rose gift shop - it's a close relative to the nearby Lady of the Lake shop, café and pub, where music is often on the menu.
Shop and dine at St. Francois Xavier's Whitehorse Gift Emporium & Tea Room just west of Winnipeg. Grab a specialty coffee, check out gifts and scrapbooking supplies and take in occasional concerts at Gone Scrappin' in Bloom in Rossburn. And don't miss the high-end gifts, toys and furnishings on offer when you dine on creative locally sourced specialties at Pineridge Hollow adjacent to Birds Hill Provincial Park.