2018-Restaurant-Reviews

 

2018 Restaurant Reviews

Baked Expectations

There are few opportunities to eat dessert before the main course, but such fantasies are satisfied at Baked Expectations.

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Carlos & Murphy’s

Tex-Mex favourite Carlos & Murphy’s has been a Winnipeg mainstay for nearly three decades and continues to draw those looking for vacation tastes inside a beach cantina replica. Diverse menu options, happy hour specials and an atmosphere that feels like a tropical getaway are the ingredients for this mouthwatering must-visit.

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Close Co

Stepping into Close Co. offers a distinct sense of familiarity, with friendly greetings and the smells of home cooking – a taste of the evening to come.

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Cocoabeans Bakeshop

Dietary restrictions have become a significant part of modern dining, persuading restaurants to create options that are free of gluten, dairy, or meat.

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Helios

Birthed from an ancient culture, Greek cuisine represents thousands of years of tradition. Flavours and ingredients from surrounding areas of Turkey, the Balkans and the Middle East have also influenced the Mediterranean palate.

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Homers

For 39 years, Homers owner George Katsabanis has transported loyal crowds to the isles of Greece, steeping diners in the simple perfection of authentic Mediterranean cuisine.

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Miss Browns

Since 2015, Steve Tyrell and wife Jenny have leveraged their Aussie influence during the rise of all-day breakfast fare. Miss Browns, the hip fast-casual café, hits the niche market with top-notch oak-smoked meats – brisket, ham, salmon, and pulled pork – that have a phenomenal woodsy flavour while remaining tender and rich.

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Muddy Waters Eatery

A staple in the American South, great barbeque is elusive in the True North. When seeking piles of smoky, tender meat and tangy sauce, one of Winnipeg’s best bets is Muddy Waters Eatery.

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The Oakwood

Winnipeg’s first cafés were small and modest facilities, influenced by Italian coffeehouses, serving a variety of coffee and light foods.

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One Great City Co.

One Great City Brewing Co’s business partners Jon Burge, Tim Hudek and Josh Berscheid have successfully added more swagger to the burgeoning food culture by combining specialty beers with globally-inflected food.

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Peasant Cookery

A classically educated chef and a rustically rebranded restaurant are the essential ingredients at Peasant Cookery, which melds high-class French fare with rural influences. Chef Tristan Foucault’s throw-nothing-away practices transform typically overlooked ingredients into culinary chef-d’oeuvres.

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Saddlery on Market

Part ode to Winnipeg’s industrial past, part contemporary restobar, Saddlery on Market draws diverse crowds to the East Exchange. On any given night, diners celebrating a private event, large groups grabbing grub post-work, and the pre-theatre throng may settle into the capacious yet comfortable space, browsing a well-executed menu that appeals to every appetite.
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Saperavi

It’s the first of its kind in Winnipeg, and on the prairies for that matter. Georgian restaurant Saperavi, run by father-son duo Landis and Christer Henry, opened in 2016. Regions surrounding Georgia, like Eastern Europe and Western Asia, influence the cuisine of the country, so dishes aren’t entirely foreign to Winnipeggers.

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Saucers Cafe

For 18 years, Stuart Deacon and Dave Schultz have successfully helmed Saucers Cafe on Academy, serving simple yet evolved in-house specialties to a broad cross-section of the North River Heights community.

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Segovia

Segovia Tapas Bar and Restaurant’s ability to thrive since its opening in 2009, is the consistent presentation of Spanish tapas with the complexity of flavour and elegant presentation.

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Star Grill

It may be romantic, but even winter-loving Winnipeggers have to admit that stargazing is not a cold weather activity. For an out-of-this world date night with a warm atmosphere and delicious eats to boot, dinner at the Star Grill makes a perfect substitute.

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Sukhothai

Sukhothai came on the scene about 20 years ago, thanks to a family that wanted to bring their ancestral home recipes to share with Winnipeg diners. Yet, the vibe is a contemporary one, with décor and service both up to today’s standards. Whether diners crave traditional Thai or want something new, Sukhothai is well-equipped for both.

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Thanh Huong

Anthony Bourdain declared Vietnam his first love and its food one of his greatest pleasures of life; a place that “grabs you and never lets you go.”

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Yujiro

In an equidistant prairie city, well away from two oceans, it’s a surprise to discover sushi restaurants that rival some of the best on either coast. Yujiro is one of these. Chef owner Ed Lam has assembled a team that introduces flavour twists while appealing equally to traditionalists.

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