Owners Phil Salazar and Candy Lam. Photo by Ian McCausland
Entrepreneur Candy Lam first encountered Japanese-style crepes while making buying trips to Asia for her clothing store. With the help of her husband, Phil Salazar, Lam re-imagined the crispy, cone-shaped versions of the beloved French pancake for Winnipeg. With unique sweet and savoury fillings and names like “Pump Up the Yam” and “It’s-A-Smore”, Kawaii Crepe shows how fun and food go hand in hand. 201-99 Osborne St, 204‑415‑2833; Unit D-1220 St Mary’s Rd, 204‑691‑3700
Peg Beer Co. photo by David Wakeman
Peg Beer Co., the latest venture from Nicole Barry, former CEO of local Half Pints Brewing Company, has opened its doors in the Exchange District. A one-time warehouse turned skatepark is now home to this convivial brewpub, where craft beer is joined by family-style feasts. Chef Aron Epp’s menu takes inspiration from the earthy, farm staples of past generations with shareable spreads and ingredients pulled from Manitoba soil. 125 Pacific Ave, 204‑416‑2337.
Saperavi is the first Georgian restaurant to open on the prairies. The bright 2nd floor space serves Caucasus specialties like khinkali, a spiced meat filled dumpling, and shashlik, meat grilled on skewers. 709 Corydon Ave, 204‑416‑3996
Courtesy King + Bannatyne
Uncover a new side of Winnipeg at these historically significant spots that have been reborn as tourist destinations, foodie favourites, hip shopping locales, and learning centres.
Folio Cafe courtesy CMU
These little-known, out of the way, or surprising locales offer stellar eats for city explorers.
Chef Hu Guoguang, owner Tony Chow, and chef Pan Yewen. Photo by Ian McCausland.
Like many first and second generation immigrants, owner Tony Chow of North Garden Restaurant has incorporated Manitoba ingredients into traditional recipes. The result is serendipitous Canadian-Chinese fusion food. During pickerel season, the local lakefish is simmered in a light and fresh watercress soup, stir fried with gaai laan, and bathed in rich chile oil. For North Garden’s customers, each meal is both familiar comfort and culinary adventure, often within a single menu page. 6-33 University Cres, 204‑275‑2591
Indulge in everyone’s favourite craving during Ciao! magazine’s month-long Chocolatefest presented by The Forks Market. This cocoa powered celebration showcases signature sweets from bakeries, cafes, and restaurants around the city, all for a set price. Decadent highlights from last year’s event include chocolate bacon pancakes, chocolate cherry perogies, and bison chili spiced with mole. Visit ciaowinnipeg.com for more information.
Photo courtesy Marion Street Eatery
With gourmet renditions of homey dishes on trend, chefs are getting in touch with their inner child. These childhood favourites are all grown up.
Photo courtesy Za Pizza Bistro
Fast casual is the hottest trend in dining out, with even chef-driven spots cashing in on the popularity of healthy, good food to go. One such concept, sleek new Za Pizza Bistro, trades in DIY pies. Customize pizza (pictured above) from the crust up with scratch-made sauces and a plethora of cheeses, meats, and veggies. E-1220 St Mary’s Rd, 204‑615‑0808, Map 2: E-4.
Photo by Roger Wilkinson
Tucked into a small, industrial-chic space in the Exchange District, Chosabi (pictured above) offers fast versions of favourite Asian eats. Eat-on-the-go sushi burritos and bahn mi make this a perfect pit stop that doesn’t sacrifice on flavour. Snag a coveted seat and watch the downtown office crowd roll in. A-100 King St, 204‑615‑8338, Map 1: O-4
Feb. 20, 2016
By Afton Aikens & Ashley Materi
There are so many things we love about Canmore’s dining scene. Engaged and innovative chefs, creative culinary event planning…and of course, amazing food. Try it for yourself this season and see why we’re hooked.
Mii Sushi & BBQ, by Glenn Miles
It’s a Deal
Canmore restaurants are a wonderland of tasty specials:
- Stoney’s Bar & Grill: The Twelvetastic menu offers 12 mains with soup or salad for $12 each, through winter.
- Mii Sushi & BBQ: Lunchtime bento boxes ($15/ $16) feature sushi, tempura, salad and teriyaki options.
- Rustica Steakhouse: Upscale Date Night three-course meals with a bottle of wine are $119 per couple, Wednesday to Sunday, 5 to 9 pm through winter.
- Murietta’s: Beer, wine, spirits and delicious appetizers are $5 each, weekdays 3:30 to 6:30 pm.
- Rose & Crown and Georgetown Inn Pub: Both offer terrific $10 sandwich and soup deals at lunch; the Rose’s special includes an additional side.
- Tavern 1883: Dinner specials ($18.83 Sunday to Thursday) include a pint, glass of wine or virgin cocktail. Weekday $16.83 burger specials at lunch come with a draft sleeve or milkshake.
Winter heats up during Ciao! Dine About Winnipeg. Celebrating the abundance of good eating that makes up Winnipeg’s dining scene, this annual event sees the city’s best restaurants offering three course meals for only $28 and $38. For a full list of participating restaurants and menu offerings, visit ciaowinnipeg.com.
Photo courtesy Lovey’s BBQ
In a city with as much Francophone influence as Winnipeg, it’s not hard to find that glorious mixture of french fries, gravy, and melty cheese curds. These spots branch out from the classic with irresistable toppings and tasty twists.
The Merchant Kitchen, photo by Ian McCausland
This year brought Winnipeg diners plenty to rave about. The Merchant Kitchen tops the list, and has been chosen as one of Canada’s Top 10 New Restaurants by WHERE editors.