Attention restaurants currently operating: due to the huge amount of notices we’ve received, our TW team has now developed an alphabetical listing to all the establishments we know of that are still cooking.
Looking for sushi, Chinese (did you know North Garden delivers? Why am I not eating barbecue duck right now?), pizza, Mexican, ribs or whatever? This new site has you covered.
If you - or some sweet place you’ve been ordering from are missing - please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to get added.
In the meantime, now that we are entering week three, we’ve created a new guide below featuring places that have re-opened for takeout or delivery, some unlikely gems that you’d normally never catch doing delivery, family-style dining to your door, and some classics and other wild cards.
We know times are tough financially for almost all right now, particularly for our culinary scene, so if you have the means please consider making the delicious decision of helping keep our restaurants afloat.
Freshly re-opened and always there for your home (fine)-dining needs
Two classic Winnipeg establishments to get us started are 529 Wellington and Fusion Grill.
WOW Hospitality’s 529 Wellington just opened Tuesday for takeout service (full details and hours here), meaning you can get everything from beef carpaccio, to burgers ground to order, to a tower of onion rings and a 10 oz NY, from this legendary fine-dining establishment. We should also note here that WOW plans on launching a limited menu on DoorDash by Tuesday, March 31 for Peasant Cookery (we hope this includes house-cured meats.) You can also get charcuterie (with beer pairings) to your door courtesy of Nonsuch Brewery, in case you are feeling particularly chauncey.
Fusion Grill was doing farm-to-table before it was cool, and right now you can get classic Canadiana dishes like walleye cheeks lightly breaded in panko with a side of crispy yam fries, or duck confit on a Winkler corn tostada with an orange and port demi to your door, delivered by owner Scot McTaggart nonetheless.
The Fairmont Winnipeg’s VG restaurant continues doing takeout and Skip during this time period, meaning items like buttermilk-fried chicken with dill potato salad and honey dill remoulade, and heirloom cauliflower fritters are ready for your living room (actually, at the very least please sit at a table and use linens).
As well, the full roster of Academy Hospitality concepts is back up and running with delivery, meaning you can get Korean fried chicken, dan dan noodles and Thai fried rice from Merchant (which would make a great meal for four), pizzas from the Gustos, and burgers and tacos from Yard Burger and The Good Fight Taco.
Neighbourhood gems that have quietly kept pumping out takeout (and which we missed in round 1)
Ruby West in Wolseley has a great little menu, which includes great pizzas, along with a nice little courtyard style side door from which to do contactless pickup. Spend $50 and you’ll get a free dessert, too. Not far away on Sherbrook Street you can also still get takeout from Bistro Dansk, where massive portions of schnitzel and other Northern European comfort foods will keep you feeling cozy.
White Star Diner in The Exchange is still available for great burgers and fries at 15 per cent off (delivery available too).
Of course, there’s also no shortage of local pizza joints still going, including Casa Grande, Corrientes, Santa Ana, Santa Lucia, Hildegarde’s (which also does amazing breads, pastries, sandwiches and more) and Sorrento’s in the West End.
Big flavours, small budget
And speaking of the West End, which we all know is the best end when it comes to affordable and super flavourful worldly joints, the West End Biz has updated their website with a listing of all the excellent places still open for takeout or delivery.
BMC Market, home to some of Winnipeg’s best and most authentic tacos is still running takeout.
We’ve also been notified that great deals are on offer from casual local chains. Stella's is using DoorDash for delivery (with free delivery for every order over $5) along with pickup at their CCFM, Grant, Pembina and Sherbrook locations. Sals is doing 50 per cent off takeout orders on Tuesday, along with a $20 deal to feed the family with four cheese nips and a family size fries. Smitty’s is doing 20 per cent off pickup orders (and also delivers via Skip, DoorDash and UberEats). Chosabi is still running takeout from several of its locations, as are Jay and the team at both Fionn's locations, where you can use DoorDash to bring that pub fare home too. If you are looking for a really great burger (not to mention more excellent gastropub fare) check out The Local on Garry, which is doing 20 per cent off on curbside pickup along with 10 per cent off with no delivery charge on DoorDash.
Feed the whole family
The aforementioned WOW Hospitality is also running two “ghost kitchens” that are supplying Skip, DoorDash and UberEats.
Mercy Me! Nashville Chicken features spicy chicken sandwiches, and whole and half birds (you can even choose between white and dark meat), that come with white bread and bread and butter pickles. There’s also a fine selection of southern sides too.
Fuel - Functional foods is ideal for those of you are all about plant-based foods (or who need a break from eating their feelings), with a menu that features vegan mac and cheese, Buddha bowls, on a large menu that is all meat-less.
A classic that every takeout/delivery article also needs is The White House restaurant. They are still running (now with contactless delivery) ensuring you can still get ribs, a mighty fine vinegary slaw and a huge tinfoil container of fries that will come in handy when you are looking to order in for the whole fam jam.
Seemingly every brewery in the city is now delivering, so here’s the direct links for Sookram’s, Devil May Care, Stone Angel, Barn Hammer, One Great City, Little Brown Jug, Half Pints, Torque, Trans Canada, Nonsuch and Brazen Hall - which can also deliver award-winning dishes (they are the 2018 and 2019 Le Burger Week champs) too.
Of course, this is just a sampling of what is available right now via a phone call or a few clicks on the keyboard. You can also find our week one guide featuring plenty of sweets, bakeries, markets, wine shops and more right here.
You can also check out Buylocal.ly, a free directory of local restaurants, shops and services with pickup and delivery options during COVID-19 created by Bold Commerce in partnership with The Winnipeg Free Press.