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ciao! reviews Marion St Eatery is open Sun 7 am-2 pm, Mon-Tue 11 am-8 pm, Wed-Thu 7 am-8 pm, Fri-Sat 7 am-9 pm. MAW'S EATERY Neighbourhood... The Exchange Address.... 291 Bannatyne Ave Phone......... 204‐421-6297 Entrées..............$6-$17 Since its inception last year, Maw’s Eatery & Beer Hall has taken a smart pub atmosphere to gold standard heights, combining classy cool with tap and brew comfort. A short menu takes inspiration from late night cravings, offering plenty of fried, salty, cheesy fare lightened up with unique ingredients. The heart attack burger puts a spin on fast food indulgence, loading the beefy patty with crispy onions and a trendy fried egg. Three cheese poutine is comfort food paradise—a gooey, warm mess of silky gravy, shoe string fries, and melty cheese—with a sprinkling of asiago adding sweet, funky depth to the Canadian classic. The volume is pumped up on staples like tomato soup, served here with grilled cheese croutons and chili oil. Pickles, cheese, and crackers make their way onto the menu, the nostalgia factor no less diminished by stuffing the dills with Bothwell cheddar, coating in soda cracker beer batter, and deep frying. Lighter options are to be had, though. The house salad balances tangy and sweet with roasted beets, chevre, dried cranberries, and greens tossed in a honey balsamic vinaigrette. Lumpia are crisp and savoury, perfect for a light bite. Chicken wings, perennial staple of late night chow, arrive by the pound, artfully arranged in a pyramid of tender (not greasy) Warm hands warm heart meat. Tandoori spice delivers heat balanced by a smear of refreshing yogurt sauce. Late night takes on classic sandwiches produce the Mawntreal, a brisket-stuffed sammie on dark rye bread complete with sauerkraut and a smear of mustard, and an open faced steak sandwich served on a grillmarked bun, topped with a pat of herb butter and strands of fried bell peppers. The adjacent beer hall provides a relaxed, party boy vibe for late night brews, while the dining room is a winking mix of homey comfort and farmhouse chic. With its prime Exchange District location, smartly curated atmosphere, and well executed culinary fare, this gastropub is able to hop the line between late night hangout and corporate lunch spot with ease. Maw’s Eatery & Beer Hall is open Mon-Wed 11 am-10 pm, Thu & Fri 11 am-late, Sat & Sun 5 pm-late. Warm your sweetie’s heart with a pair of shearling mitts. Nothing beats sheepskin for keeping all your loved ones toasty and cozy all winter long, from head to snow. Warmth, comfort and love, from The Wonderful World of Sheepskin. 250 Dufferin Ave. 204-586-8097 worldofsheepskin.com 30 ciao! / feb/mar / two thousand fifteen