As summery as Skittles are, they have nothing on Winnipeg’s culinary scene. Taste the rainbow? Last time we checked that’s just seven flavours!
Here in The Peg we bring so much more, be it from a fleet of nearly 50 trucks, from nationally acclaimed restaurants, sunbathed patios, gourmet ice cream shops, and breweries that pour out the flavours of the surrounding prairies. We also have amazing Packages & Deals on right now for hotels and attractions.
In case you haven’t heard, this summer, Winnipeg is Too Good Not To Taste.
Winnipeg’s al fresco mecca is Corydon Avenue, our former Little Italy where patios lay claim to huge sections of sidewalk from Harrow Street to Confusion Corner where you can enjoy Italian, Greek, Georgian (the country, not the state), Japanese and burger joints. Of particular note, should you look up between Hugo and Daly, you’ll discover The Roost, a gem of a cocktail and small plates bar whose patio is perched right above the strip.
Some of the city’s most-acclaimed restaurants that have patios include 529 Wellington, where you can enjoy some of Canada’s best steaks and fine dining atmosphere in a garden setting alongside the Assiniboine River, Máquè a small plates restaurant which combines Asian flavours with French technique that was listed by Air Canada’s enRoute magazine as one of Canada’s best new restaurants, and Segovia Tapas Bar, which is currently sitting at No. 46 on the Canada’s 100 Best Restaurant list.
St. Boniface, Winnipeg’s French Quarter, is ripe with patios for the picking, with standouts including Promenade Café and Wine – which provides stunning views of the Esplanade Riel and the downtown’s skyline; local gem Chaise Café – whose porch patio is covered in greenery; Inferno’s Bistro – whose courtyard patio is serviced by a menu of eclectic French favourties; Marion Street Eatery – which rocks out breakfast, lunch and dinner with award-wining comfort food; and La Belle Baguette – the perfect spot to enjoy one of Winnipeg’s best pastries or gourmet sandwiches while sipping on a latte.
In the Exchange District, you’ll find many a fine patio. Some vibrant sidewalk-situated ones on the East side of Main including Hermanos and Forth, which also features the finest rooftop cocktail bar in the city. Just steps from the Red River, nestled beside Stephen Juba Park along Waterfront Drive is Cibo, a fresh food, Mediterranean inspired café with a spacious, beautiful patio. The area surrounding popular summer hang out Old Market Square includes always busy Peasant Cookery – an excellent spot for house-made charcuterie and craft cocktails, the Kings Head Pub, and casual trio King + Bannatyne, Chosabi and Bronuts – which share one large patio at 100 King Street. Just a few blocks up you’ll find Little Brown Jug one of the city’s finest breweries where the patio’s artificial grass surface feels so good on the feet.
Raise a pint!
Speaking of breweries, Winnipeg’s has numerous ones located in areas throughout the city.
In the south area of the city – where you can pre-game before a CFL game at Investors Group Field, or do some shopping at IKEA, Outlet Collection Winnipeg and the big box stores – you have Trans Canada Brewing Co., which is currently brewing 24 beers(!) along with slinging quality ‘za from Timmy Toms’ Pizzeria, and Stone Angel Brewing with nine beers and one cider.
In the area by CF Polo Park, you have Barn Hammer Brewing, a personal favourite of ours, and One Great City Brewing Company – which has upwards of nine beers and a mighty fine food program too. Another great gastro pub is Brazen Hall, which is always packed, while in the airport area one must respect the mammoth operation that is Torque Brewing Co., which has already won several awards and Half Pints, Winnipeg’s original microbrewery.
You can also find a fine selection of local beers, along with some interesting flavours from around the world inside The Forks Market at The Common. This wine and beer kiosk serves both pints, glasses and flights, while it is surrounded by food kiosks by some of the city’s best restaurants and food trucks. It’s a beauty of a choice if you are bringing a crew and you need to tailor to everyone’s tastes.
Scream for locally made ice cream
Winnipeg gets hot in the summer, so you’ll want to hit some cool treats to beat that heat while you are here.
Gourmet ice cream is all the rage in The Peg these days, and one of our new favs is newbie Chaeban Ice Cream, where Lebanese dairy scientist/cheesemaker Joseph Chaeban and his Syrian wife Zainab Ali pay homage to their Middle Eastern roots with flavours like Abir Al Sham – featuring toasted pistachios and cashews, orchid root powder, rose and orange blossom water, along with more traditional western flavours. They incorporate a lot of local ingredients in their product – including all the milk – while much of their ice cream contains ricotta, making it the most beautifully textured ice cream you’ve possibly ever had. And get this, you can also get a doughnut ice cream sandwich made with Chaeban at Oh Doughnuts – talk about a dynamic duo.
Local legend (it’s been open now 61 years) and the kindling to many a high school romance is BDI, whose soft serve forms the base for many massive creations. It’s located beside the Red River, and right beside the Elm Park walking bridge (hence Bridge Drive-In) that you can cross to the picturesque neighbourhood of Kingston Row. Another ice cream parlour by a bridge over the Assiniboine is Sargent Sundae, where you can grab a cone or creation and take a stroll into Assiniboine Park. In St. Boniface, Chocolatier Constance Popp, who – on top of making amazing chocolate creations – also slings some serious gourmet ice cream, including one that uses Manitoba Birch syrup, while another new ice cream on the streets is called Black Market, by the same awesome ladies who brought us Pop Cart gourmet popsicles. You can find them at festivals throughout the summer with their groovy little pedal cart.
Meals on Wheels
Which brings us to Winnipeg’s fleet of near-50 strong food trucks. If you are looking for anything from authentic barbecue, to perogies, to wood-fired pizza, fancy tater tots, or Caribbean cuisine, the city’s streets have you covered – particularly on Broadway between 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. You can also find the majority of our trucks all lined up together on Memorial Boulevard (in front of the Legislative Building) during ManyFest Food Truck Wars (September 7-9).
You can learn more about our fleet of food truck here in our 2018 Winnipeg Food Truck Guide, while our culinary website, PegCityGrub.com, is the best culinary resource in the city for food news, restaurant reviews, chef profiles and more.