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The definitive 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 multicourse 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: editorial@ bestmarketing.com. 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 BARBEQUE Lovey’s BBQ and Smokehouse 1‐208 Marion St, 204‐233‐RIBS (7427). This casual eatery boasts a barbeque pit and scratch-made sauces. Slabs of pork shoulder and brisket are smoked low and slow overnight. Sample a variety of meats in combo platters. WA, LP, IA, M, V Muddy Waters Smokehouse The Forks Pavilion, 204‐947‐6653. Expect ol’ fashioned Southern hospitality at this Memphis-style barbeque featuring slow-cooked ribs and pork, smoked over hickory fire. WA, LP, SP, A, IA, M, V BISTRO Baked Expectations 161 Osborne St, 204‐452‐5176. The huge chalkboard 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 Black Rabbit 135 Osborne St, 204‐615‐1130. This fresh new open provides superbly executed plates with global influence. Tuna crudo with pickled garlic, lemon-basil oil and salty fried capers is a standout. WA, LP, SP, A, IA, M, V Bonfire Bistro 1433 Corydon Ave, 204‐487‐4440. Famous for wood-fired artisan pizzas, this cozy hangout is the perfect place to unwind. Try the spicy Bonfire Hawaiian, with capicollo ham and fire-roasted pineapple. WA, LP, IA, M, V winnipeg’s bestlist Café 22 823 Corydon Ave, 336 Broadway Ave, 130 Provencher Blvd, 1795 Henderson Hwy, 204‐222‐2222. This trendy chain serves gourmet coffee, sandwiches, calzones and Chicago-style deep dish pies. SP, IA, M, V deer + almond 85 Princess St, 204‐504‐8562. This hip, rustic Exchange District restaurant boasts an inspired globally influenced menu of creative, shareable plates. WA, LP, IA, M, V Dessert Sinsations Café 505 St. Mary Ave, 204‐284‐4661. This sunny café features gourmet comfort food alongside owner Barbara O’Hara’s renowned desserts. WA, LP, A, IA, M, V Era Bistro 85 Israel Asper Way, 204‐289‐2000. Located in the new Canadian Museum for Human Rights, this open concept room serves locally inspired fare with an emphasis on sustainability. Lightly panko breaded apickerel cheeks are a treat. WA, LP, A, IA, M, V Food Evolution 2015 Main St, 204‐284‐7275. New eatery nestled in the greenery of Kildonan Park offers creative dishes packed with regional ingredients in a room sprinkled with touches of retro decor. WA, LP, SP, A, IA, M, V Le Garage Café 166 Provencher Blvd, 204‐237‐0737. This casual eatery in the heart of the French Quarter offers sophisticated tastes for lunch, dinner and late night. Live music scheduled. WA, LP, A, IA, M, V Saucers Café 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 BURGERS Boon Burger 79 Sherbrook St, 204-415‐1391; 141 Bannatyne Ave, 204-504-5394. This all-vegan burger café serves up a range of house-made patties. LP, SP, A, IA, M, V Market Burger 645 Corydon Ave, 204‐505‐2510. Hip hangout serves up mouthfuls of Manitoba with locally sourced ingredients from cheese and meat to buns and beers. IA, V, M Nuburger 472 Stradbrook Ave, 204‐888‐1001, Healthy, fresh twists on the classic burger housed in a bright and modern space. Pick from locally sourced bison, beef, chicken, or veggie patties. WA, LP, A, IA, M, V CAFE Buffalo Stone Café 1961 McCreary Rd, 204-989‐8370. Relax lakeside at FortWhyte Alive with hearty sandwiches, soups and a signature bison burger. WA, SP, IA, M, V Falafel Place 1101 Corydon Ave, 204-489‐5811. True to its name, this bustling diner specializes in Israeli-style falafel balls served in pitas or on a platter and vegan breakfasts. The yam fries are a must-try. WA, IA Kawaii Crepe 201-99 Osborne St, 204-415‐2833; 1220 St Mary’s Rd, 204‐691‐3700. Winnipeg’s first Japanese crêpe joint serves freshly prepared sweet and savoury crêpes in a modern atmosphere. IA, M, V King + Bannatyne 4-100 King St, 204‐691‐9757. This sandwich spot’s specialties include spiced porchetta and juicy, tender brisket. Changing weekly specials include grilled cheese features with creative condiments. WA, A, IA, M, V Marion Street Eatery 393 Marion Street, 204‐233‐2843. Chef Melissa Hryb elevates homey comfort food with touches of elegance. Try gourmet mac & cheese, or mushroom caps stuffed with Italian sausage and cream cheese. LP, SP, A, IA, M, V Osborne Village Café 160 Osborne St, 204‐452‐9824. Chef Leighton Fontaine prepares scratchmade diner faves with a healthy twist. WA, LP, IA, M, V The Tallest Poppy 103 Sherbrook St, 204-219-8777. Newly located in the Sherbrook Inn, this comfort food with-a-twist diner serves breakfast and lunch favourites like chicken and waffles. LP, IA, M, V Stella’s Café & Bakery 1895 Grant Ave, 204-488‐7810; 166 Osborne St, 204‐453‐8562; 116 Sherbrook St, 204‐477‐5556; 340 Provencher Blvd, 204-477‐8393. James Armstrong Richardson International Airport, 2nd Floor, 204‐779‐1415; Plug In Gallery, 460 Portage Ave, 204‐772‐1556. Famous breakfast items like baked eggs and the Mexican breakfast alongside a vast selection of entrées, hearty soups, sandwiches and homey curries. WA, LP, SP, IA, M, V CHINESE Kum Koon Garden 257 King St, 204-943‐4655. The city’s largest restaurant is a Chinatown institution that packs in patrons for its well-executed dim sum lunches and evening Cantonese regional specialties. WA, LP, A, IA, M, V 40 ciao! / oct/nov / two thousand fifteen