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The Cornerstone Bar & Restaurant is open daily 11 am-2 am. MARION ST EATERY Neighbourhood.... St. Boniface Address.........393 Marion St Phone......... 204‐233-2843 Entrées............. $11-$14 The Marion Hotel has long been a favourite for patrons who love the bar and local band scene, but now the St. Boniface landmark is attracting a new crowd of customers. A 65-seat restaurant with an adjoining patio opened its doors in February 2014 and the Marion Street Eatery’s fresh take on comfort foods has been drawing crowds from across the city ever since. Owner Laneil Smith—whose family owns the hotel—and friend and chef Melissa Hryb, have transformed ciao! reviews a former Polish restaurant into a neighbourhood hot spot that focuses on approachable and affordable homestyle favourites. The open, sunlit space has been filled with a welcoming mix of clean lines and vintage textures where sleek dark floors, a black ceiling and contemporary art pair with wrought iron lighting, leather tufted banquettes and mismatched wooden chairs. Smith and Hryb, who met through Red River College’s hospitality program, use a team of aspiring student chefs to execute pub-inspired dishes that utilize local ingredients. Some patrons come for the familiar comfort of burgers and pencil thin house made fries or the pleasures of an oven roasted beet salad and candied pistachios on a bed of greens. Others tuck into the breakfasts that read like a page from a pioneer cookbook— eggs with maple sugar ham, bacon and sausages, light and fluffy pancakes with three choices of syrup or generous omelettes with hash and toast. The eggs benny sports two perfectly poached eggs and ham in a velvety hollandaise resting on toasted croissant. Elevated classics include mac and cheese, studded with broccoli and bacon and bathed in a creamy Bothwell cheddar sauce, with a dusting of sweet and tangy honey mustard pretzels. Chili is transformed with lean and delicious bison meat emboldened with chili peppers and garlic, and sweetened with caramelized onions. Sandwiches are all impressive including one of grilled vegetables on a ciabbata bun. Fresh feta and basil spread, a stack of sweet peppers, portobello mushrooms and artichoke hearts make this extraordinary. There are no reservations and Sunday breakfasts are busy but those desperate for a hit of java need not worry. A friendly server offers a dark and delicious brew while you wait. Local but worldly, modest but tasty… We silently hummed ‘Oh Canada’ as we ate… It’s become a can’t miss spot - Iron Chef Rob Feenie One of Canada’s Top Ten Restaurants - The Globe and Mail Winnipeg’s “Best Place to Eat.” - The National Post Cuvee Award Winning Wine List Tuesday to Saturday - Lunch and Dinner. Reservations appreciated. Walk-ins welcome. 550 Academy Road at Lanark Street 204.489.6963 www.fusiongrill.mb.ca Join us for a scrumptious St. Valentine’s Dinner ciao! / feb/mar / two thousand fifteen 29