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Hot Dining: Editor’s Pick: Top 5 Scenes to Savour

Hu's Asian Bistro. Photo by Ian McCausland.

Some of the city’s most popular attractions are also home to popular eats. Enjoy these local food favourites while being entertained or taking in the jaw-dropping scenery:

Buffalo Stone Cafe at FortWhyte Alive serves dishes made with fresh, local fare. After hiking the trails, admiring the buffalo and exploring the interpretive centre, sit down for a hearty bison sandwich and fresh salad made with ingredients grown on-site at Fort Whyte Farms. 1961 McCreary Rd, 989-8370.

With a bird’s eye view of Shaw Park, home of the Goldeyes baseball team, catch gameday action with pan-asian cuisine at Hu’s Asian Bistro (pictured). Crispy battered chicken coated in sticky honey soy sauce and tossed with veggies is a must try. 1 Portage Ave East, 982-7426.

Sink your teeth into a nip, a local burger legend, at Salisbury House on the Esplanade Riel pedestrian bridge overlooking the rushing Red River. Inside this bustling diner chain, take in the spectacular scenery  of St. Boniface, downtown and The Forks, while tucking into fries, breakfast platters or a thick slab of red velvet cake. 237-8305.

Located next to the rooftop sculpture garden at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Storm Restaurant features an incredible view of bronze sculptures created by Canadian and international artists. Wraps, sandwiches, soups and pizzas with creative ingredients are prepared fresh in this inspired space. 300 Memorial Blvd, 948-0085.

As the horses thunder around the race track at Assiniboia Downs, opt for one of the best seats in the house at The Terrace Dining Room, a tiered eatery overlooking all the excitement. An impressive international buffet, including an Angus prime rib carving station, features a plethora of classics. 3975 Portage Ave, 885-3330.

Hot Dining: Top Five Hearty Soups

It’s no surprise that when temperatures drop, locals gravitate toward soul-warming soups chock full of fresh ingredients and fragrant seasoning. Here are some of the hottest broths in town:

Heaps of chopped beets give Alycia’sa favourite Ukrainian community gathering spotborscht its shocking pink hue. A swirl of cream and sprinkle of dill masterfully combine herbaceous and earthy tastes with smooth texture. 559 Cathedral Ave, 582-8789.

Spice fiends eagerly lap up Tom Yum Goong soup at Bangkok Thai. Button mushrooms, lemongrass shoots, lime leaves and prawns gently bob in chile-fired broth. 100 Osborne St, 2nd floor, 474-0908.

Hearty chicken dumpling vegetable soup at Danish eatery Bistro Dansk oozes warmth. Served with crusty, house-made baguette, the soup’s savoury broth, fluffy dumplings, vegetables and tender pieces of chicken score a comfort food hit. 63 Sherbrook St, 775-5662.

Prairie Ink Restaurant & Bakery—the on-site eatery of McNally Robinson Booksellers—serves a West African peanut soup that is a hot item both in its demand and flavour. The rich, creamy soup releases a surprising blast of cayenne pepper at the end of each spoonful. Grant Park Shopping Centre, 1120 Grant Ave, 975-2659.

Promenade Bistro’s Chef Gojko is a wizard of the stockpot. The lobster bisque’s silky base is both mellow and slightly piquant, while soft morsels of lobster evoke oceanic flavour. 130 Provencher Blvd, 233-7030.