Brunch around the block
If you want eggs, you got it. Not to mention fried chicken and waffles, Benny’s beyond belief, artisanal roasted and sourced coffee and possibly a hair of the dog drink, if you need one. Winnipeg has celebrated brunch spots all over the city, and lots of them, so here are just a couple to start your day right.
Stella’s homemade jam.
Stella’s opened in Osborne Village in 1999 and they’ve since taken the city by storm with locations now in the West End, St. Boniface, Tuxedo/River Heights, Downtown, and even in the airport.
Its success came by way of putting great ingredients into brunch with classic dishes like smoked salmon benedict with spinach lemon sauce, maple caramel French toast on house made brioche, Norwegian style waffles, and the Mexican breakfast (aka huevos rancheros). Everything is always made from scratch (including the artisanal breads and the now legendary jam which you can buy) while the service is always affable – making lines in the morning often the norm.
In the Exchange a proper brunch was hard to come by for a while as most spots never opened until 11 a.m. That changed when the oh so aesthetically pleasing Miss Browns opened their gourmet sandwich shop (featuring only ethically raised meats) that also does a killer breakfast.
They serve outstanding flat whites from Portland’s Stumptown Coffee Roasters while their shakshuka (spicy tomato sauce with two floating poached eggs and toast) has been met with rave reviews from Food Network Canada. They also do mushrooms on toast and an eggs Benny on a bread roll with all the sides a kid could ask for including cubed hash browns and bacon.
The Tallest Poppy
Neighbourhood: West End
103 Sherbrook Street
Facebook: The Tallest Poppy
Breakfast at Tallest Poppy.
The West End has become arguably the best end when it comes to brunching in Winnipeg. The cool cat choice is The Tallest Poppy where awesomeness includes the kale breakfast (smashed baby potatoes, sautéed kale, mushrooms and onions topped with poached eggs), fried chicken and waffles – the waffles of which are made from an actual Belgian, and challah French toast. They also serve a mean Caesar made from freshly blended tomatillos.
Neighbourhood: St. Boniface
271 Provencher Boulevard
Berry yogurt parfait.
In St. Boniface there is no shortage of options (for the French know how to brunch). At Chaise Café you can be treated to a three-course prix fixe brunch where you get a “welcome course” followed by a savoury then sweet course for only $20. Promenade Café and Wine’s tight brunch menu features classic omelettes and well-executed Benedicts – all served in a room with sweeping views of downtown Winnipeg and the Red River, while the crowds frequently queue for Marion Street Eatery’s hearty dishes.
Promenade Café and wine
Neighbourhood: St. Boniface
130 c Provencher Boulevard
The view from Promenade Café and Wine.
Marion Street Eatery
393 Marion Street
Chai tea latte at Marion Street Eatery.
1101 Corydon Avenue
Owner Ami in front of Falafel Place.
River Heights’ brunch institution is the unapologetically efficient Falafel Place, where owner Ami has been turning tables over quickly for over 25 years. This cash-only establishment is known for its delicious Jewish adaptations like the falafel breakfast and the corned beef hash. Just be warned, once you’re done eating, there is no camping allowed at this eccentric, bustling brunch spot.