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winnipeg’s bestlist The defi nitive Ciao! restaurant list outlines our selection of the top dining establishments in the city. Virtually all of these recommendations are locally owned and operated. Keep this list available for easy reference, whether you are seeking a formal multi-course gourmet extravaganza or simply want the best soup in town. Although information is updated every issue, restaurant details are subject to change without notice. If you have visited a restaurant that should be considered for addition to this list, please e-mail your recommendation to: The symbols are as follows: WA — Wheelchair accessible LP — Licensed premises SP — Summer patio A — American Express IA — Interac M — MasterCard V — Visa ATM — Bank machine on-site — New restaurant ARABIC Yafa Café [Arabic] 1785 Portage Ave, 204-221-1636. This artistic space celebrates Arabic culture, serving street food like manakeesh and tabouleh. WA, A, IA, M, V BARBEQUE Lovey’s BBQ 1-208 Marion St, 204-233-RIBS (7427). Casual eatery with a barbeque pit and scratch-made sauces. Slabs of pork shoulder and brisket are smoked low and slow. WA, LP, IA, M, V BISTRO Baked Expectations The menu lists comfort food like burgers and pasta, but save room for the sweet stuff. This place is duly noted for its decadent desserts, from tortes to cheesecakes. WA, LP, SP, IA deer + almond 85 Princess St, 204-504-8562. This hip, rustic restaurant boasts an inspired globally influenced menu of creative, shareable plates. WA, LP, IA, M, V ERA Bistro 85 Israel Asper Way, 204-289-2190. Located in the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, this open concept room serves local fare with an emphasis on sustainability. WA, LP, SP, A, IA, M, V Le Garage 166 Provencher Blvd, 204-237-0737. This casual eatery in the heart of the French Quarter offers casual tastes for lunch, dinner and late night. WA, LP, A, IA, M, V 54 ciao! / dec/jan / two thousand eighteen Kevin’s Bistro 141 Bannatyne Ave, 204-221-5028. This bright bistro’s menu brings back the 1970’s casserole and ups the mac & cheese ante with a saucy bechamel. WA, LP, A, IA, M, V Prairie Ink Grant Park Shopping Centre, 204-975-2659. Cozy retreat inside McNally Robinson Booksellers. Healthy fare for all tastes. Extensive fresh juice selection and wonderful desserts. WA, LP, SP, A, IA, M, V Prairie’s Edge 2015 Main St, 204-284-7275. This eatery nestled in the greenery of Kildonan Park offers creative dishes packed with regional ingredients. WA, LP, SP, A, IA, M, V Resto at Thermëa 775 Crescent Dr, 204-284-9595. Located inside Thermëa by Nordik-Spa Nature, this peaceful bistro serves a health- focused menu with touches of regional ingredients. WA, LP, SP, IA, M, V Saucers Cafe 570 Academy Rd, 204-489-9204. Generous sandwiches, salads, wraps, pizzas, specialty coffees and teas. Try the roasted vegetable bruschetta with goat cheese and tart balsamic reduction. WA, LP, SP, A, IA, M, V Steve’s Bistro 3123 Portage Ave, 204-831-5531. Tuck into hearty portions of Mediterranean- infl uenced cuisine, like tangy house- made olive tapenade and fall-off-the- bone rack of lamb with lemon and oregano. WA, LP, SP, A, IA, M, V BURGERS Boon Burger Cafe 79 Sherbrook St, 204-415-1391. This all-vegan burger café serves up a range of house-made patties. Treat yourself to house-made organic iced tea and crispy sesame fries. LP, SP, A, IA, M, V Daly Burger 619 Corydon Ave, 204-284-4944. This burger shack is popular through all generations. A classic menu of burgers, chili fries, cheese dogs, and super thick shakes, coupled with retro memorabilia, make for a 50’s feel. WA, IA, M, V Nuburger 472 Stradbrook Ave, 204-888-1001; 1-1650 Kenaston Blvd, 204-615-2009; 2-1596 Regent Ave, 204-219-5134; The Forks Market, 1 Forks Market Rd. Healthy, fresh twists on the classic burger housed in a bright and modern space. WA, LP, A, IA, M, V CAFÉ Across the Board Game Café 211 Bannatyne Ave, 204-691-3422. Choose from more than 1,000 board games to play, or simply enjoy snacks, sandwiches, and delicious entrées. LP, IA, M, V BerMax Caffé + Bistro 4-1800 Corydon Ave, 204-691-0044. One of the few spots in Canada to serve famous illy coffee. Specialty drinks as well as kosher baked goods, and bistro style menu in a sleek, well-designed space. WA, IA, M, V Clementine Café 123 Princess St, 204-942-9497. Underground nook has stellar offerings for breakfast and lunch, including fresh baking and a lineup of morning cocktails. Sophisticated fl avours are drawn from spices and ingredients from around the globe. LP, A, IA, M, V Cocoabeans Bakeshop 774 Corydon Ave, 204-691-6046. Gluten- free café serves light, fresh meals that cater to all dietary restrictions, like vegan mac ‘n cheese made with dairy free cheddar and brown rice pasta. WA, SP, A, IA, M, V Desserts Plus 664 King Edward St, 204-339-1957. A kosher-dairy café offers a casual destination for snacks and hot meals such as Asian salmon burger. WA, SP, IA, M, V Feast Café Bistro 587 Ellice Ave, 204-691-5979. This cozy spot pays tribute to Manitoba’s Indigenous groups, with a menu rich in bannock, bison and berries. WA, LP, IA, M, V Forth 171 McDermot Ave. This well-designed, sun dappled café inside an Exchange District heritage building is home to local roaster Dogwood Coffee Co. Head to the downstairs bar for slick cocktails and appetizers. LP, SP, M, V Grey Owl Coffee 272 Main St. This modern, sleek café offers craft coffee, baked goods, salads and sammies in the heart of the city. Sit in the stylish dining area or take it to go. WA, LP, A, MC, V Joe Black Coffee Bar 2037 Portage Ave, 204-415-1660. Across the bridge from Assiniboine Park, this mod café serves up casual lunch fare and sinfully delicious desserts from Chocolate Zen Bakery. WA, LP, SP, IA, M, V, ATM Marion Street Eatery 393 Marion Street, 204-233-2843. Elevated homey comfort food with touches of elegance. Try gourmet mac & cheese with bacon and pretzel topping. Fluffy pancakes layered with bacon and drizzled with apple whiskey caramel sauce make for an indulgent brunch. LP, SP, A, IA, M, V The Oakwood 660 Osborne St, 204-475-4250. Sleek decor and a commitment to local sourcing elevates this neighbourhood favourite. Filling breakfasts and twists on comfort food are top picks. Don’t miss the chalkboard menu listing an indulgent array of desserts. WA, LP, A, IA, M, V