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Hot Dining: Top 5 Game-Day Picks

Jets roll from Meiji. Photo by chronic creative.

Local restaurants have caught game-day fever, offering tasty fare to savour in front of the big screen or creative dishes named after Winnipeg’s professional sports teams.

Just steps from the MTS Centre, 4Play Sports Bar & Grill has all the glitz and glam of a Las Vegas sports bar with cushy loungers lined up in front of a 24 ft.-projection screen. A mountain of red, green and yellow tortilla chips generously covered with roasted vegetables and melted cheese scores a grand slam in flavour. 1405 Portage Ave, 783-6155.

Succulent, flame-licked chicken is the specialty at West End eatery Galo Louco. Chow down on subtly seasoned kebabs and fresh house-made potato chips, while watching the action play on TVs in the dining room and lounge. 1075 Notre Dame Ave, 772-4256.

The Jets roll (pictured) at Japanese eatery Meiji salutes the returning NHL team. Local freshwater favourites—fresh pickerel and smoked goldeye—offer a decadent taste of Manitoba inside each bite of this artful roll topped with avocado, snow crab and salmon. 454 River Ave, 284-3996.

Two levels of TVs and games, and a rooftop patio with stellar city views make the downtown location of Tavern United a sports fan favourite. Classic pub fare like fish and chips are done exceptionally well with a crunchy, beer batter coating. 260 Hargrave St, 944-0022.

Ultra-trendy Unburger’s “Blue &  Gold” creation is a tribute to the city’s beloved Blue Bombers. Here, a Manitoba lean ground beef patty is topped with gourmet blue cheese, chipotle aïoli, balsamic onion, greens and tomato. 472 Stradbrook Ave, 888-1001.

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