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There are lots of places to enjoy a meal in Winnipeg, but we’ve selected our favorites:
Fusion Grill. Nobody else in Winnipeg does farm-to-table cuisine quite like the Fusion Grill. This 40-seat restaurant prides itself on offering regional Manitoba fare with fresh, local, organic, wild, sustainable and healthy ingredients purchased directly from the producer. Restauranteur Scot McTaggart is the ultimate host, treating every guest with personable charm. The space is classy yet casual, adorned with local artwork. The passion for food and wine here is evident in every dish. Standouts include the white truffle perogies with duck sausage and truffle cream sauce, and the grilled grass-fed beef served with creamy smashed potato, chimichurri steak sauce, demi-glace and a roast panko crusted jalapeño stuffed with Whiteshell Gouda. Bonus points for an all-Canadian wine list, including 30 vinos by the glass.
The Velvet Glove. Located in The Fairmont Winnipeg, the Velvet Glove prides itself on being an award-winning restaurant. Located off the main lobby in a beautifully masculine space of dark woods and deep reds, the Velvet Glove evokes a fine dining atmosphere without stepping into overtly formal territory.
Showcasing seasonal Manitoban cuisine with an innovative, artistic flair, be prepared to take a culinary adventure. The food is as ethical as it is delicious. Ingredients are sourced locally when possible, and the seafood is Ocean Wise approved, recommended by the Vancouver Aquarium as an ocean-friendly seafood choice. Vegetarian, gluten-free, and low fat choices also exist on the menu.
Pizzeria Gusto. For those seeking an authentic Italian culinary experience, Pizzeria Gusto will fail to disappoint. This stylish contemporary Italian restaurant on Academy Road offers the best wood-fired pizza in all of Winnipeg. Enjoy Campari cocktails while contemplating which gourmet pizza to try. The Lucia is particularly memorable, with its caramelized onions, fig jam, calabrese salami, cambozola, citrus tossed arugula, and pecorino. Not in the mood for pizza? Pizzeria Gusto’s pastas are excellent. The ricotta gnudi with grilled asparagus, prosciutto wrapped egg, pecorino, and truffle oil is exceptional. On a warm, sunny day, enjoy their spectacular patio, which also happens to be a prime people watching location.
Chez Sophie. A Saint Boniface favorite, the owners of Chez Sophie have recently opened a new location on the Esplanade Riel, the pedestrian bridge overlooking the Red River. The new restaurant is modern and spacious, with a traditional French bistro menu that features moules-frites, quiches, and the highly recommended tartiflette, which is a casserole of pan-fried potatoes, onion, bacon, and ham, covered in bubbling cheese. For a more intimate setting, try their original location on Avenue de la Cathedrale.
Peasant Cookery. Located in the historic Exchange District, the Peasant Cookery offers a contemporary spin on French cuisine utilizing fresh, local ingredients. Sit at the beautiful bar and enjoy a craft cocktail in the company of stylish locals — the vanilla bean Granny Smith apple bourbon sour is divine. For a more traditional experience, sit in the separate dining room. From small plates to share on the fresh menu, to charcuterie, beef tartare, and steak frites, diners will not be disappointed.