Gus & Tony’s
Neighbourhood: St. James
Address: 1-2015 Portage Ave
It’s easy to feel at home at Gus & Tony’s. At any time of day, the restaurant is buzzing with diners who chat with staff as if at a family function, and while Aegean-blue walls inject some whimsy and wanderlust, the chili-smothered burgers speak to home sweet home.
This spot is equal parts authentic Mediterranean cuisine and ‘Peg diner classics. Liberally stuffed gyros from the Greek side of the menu are filled with juicy shreds of beef or lamb and are best paired with horiatiki, a lettuce-less Greek salad studded with feta and dusted with oregano. Flaky spanakopita spills sharp feta and creamy spinach from between layers of phyllo pastry.
For dinner, opt for platters generously served with fluffy rice, a succulent chicken souvlaki skewer and potatoes blasted with lemon.
Diner favourites include scratch-made brawny burgers and pumped up hot dogs from Winnipeg Old Country Sausage. Those looking to bridge the gap between elegant entrées and messy magic order the full rack of ribs, which arrives on a golden pile of fries, smothered in tangy barbeque sauce and topped, of course, with a light dusting of oregano.
Gus & Tony’s is open Mon-Fri 10:30 a.m–9 pm, Sat & Sun 9 am–9 pm.