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Where to Eat

Caplansky’s Bloor-Yorkville Location


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The stylish facade of the Bloor-Yorkville Caplansky’s. Photo by Kate O’Conner.

Until Caplansky’s  came along, it was tough to find quality smoked meat and authentic Jewish deli fare downtown. Now Caplansky’s is going national with a franchise concept, starting with their location in Bloor-Yorkville. Hungry patrons can grab a beef brisket sandwich or the new turkey ruebenesque paired with the tasty house-made mustard and crisp pickles to go, or stay and enjoy a pint while taking in the cheeky decor like floor tiles with messages like “Pick up a check once in a while,” and pickle-themed wallpaper.

3 Barbecue Hotspots


Big barbecue flavour at Big Crow. Photo by Connie Tsang.

  1. Tucked in an alleyway behind Rose & Sons, you’ll find Big Crow. Family-style seating with long benches making makes it easy to share a number of dishes—and you’ll want to try as much as possible. Be sure to wash it all down with a refreshing Dupont Sour.
  2. For Southern style barbecue look no farther than Queen Street joint Smoque N’ Bones. Pulled pork, ribs galore, chicken, sausages and sandwiches plus a standout coleslaw. An impressive selection of bourbons lines the wall behind the bar.
  3. Wenona Lodge (1069 Bloor Street W, Toronto; 647-344-6444) recreates that cottage feeling in the city. There’s lots of comfort food to be had, including a hearty selection of meats and sandwiches, all served up with house-made chips infused with smoky flavour—plus a great selection of Canadian craft beer!

Hot Dining: Cute Creperie

Owners Phil Salazar and Candy Lam. Photo by Ian McCausland

Owners Phil Salazar and Candy Lam. Photo by Ian McCausland

Entrepreneur Candy Lam first encountered Japanese-style crepes while making buying trips to Asia for her clothing store. With the help of her husband, Phil Salazar, Lam re-imagined the crispy, cone-shaped versions of the beloved French pancake for Winnipeg. With unique sweet and savoury fillings and names like “Pump Up the Yam” and “It’s-A-Smore”, Kawaii Crepe shows how fun and food go hand in hand. 201-99 Osborne St, 204‑415‑2833; Unit D-1220 St Mary’s Rd, 204‑691‑3700

Hot Dining: Now Open

Peg Beer Co. photo by David Wakeman

Peg Beer Co. photo by David Wakeman

Peg Beer Co., the latest venture from Nicole Barry, former CEO of local Half Pints Brewing Company, has opened its doors in the Exchange District. A one-time warehouse turned skatepark is now home to this convivial brewpub, where craft beer is joined by family-style feasts. Chef Aron Epp’s menu takes inspiration from the earthy, farm staples of past generations with shareable spreads and ingredients pulled from Manitoba soil. 125 Pacific Ave, 204‑416‑2337.

Saperavi is the first Georgian restaurant to open on the prairies. The bright 2nd floor space serves Caucasus specialties like khinkali, a spiced meat filled dumpling, and shashlik, meat grilled on skewers. 709 Corydon Ave, 204‑416‑3996

Editor’s Pick: Top 5 Hidden Gem Restaurants

Folio Cafe courtesy CMU

Folio Cafe courtesy CMU

These little-known, out of the way, or surprising locales offer stellar eats for city explorers.


Hot Dining: Eat Glocal

Chef Hu Guoguang, owner Tony Chow, and chef Pan Yewen. Photo by Ian McCausland.

Chef Hu Guoguang, owner Tony Chow, and chef Pan Yewen. Photo by Ian McCausland.

Like many first and second generation immigrants, owner Tony Chow of North Garden Restaurant has incorporated Manitoba ingredients into traditional recipes. The result is serendipitous Canadian-Chinese fusion food. During pickerel season, the local lakefish is simmered in a light and fresh watercress soup, stir fried with gaai laan, and bathed in rich chile oil. For North Garden’s customers, each meal is both familiar comfort and culinary adventure, often within a single menu page. 6-33 University Cres, 204‑275‑2591

Editor’s Pick: Top 5 Kid Foods Reimagined

Photo courtesy Marion Street Eatery

Photo courtesy Marion Street Eatery

With gourmet renditions of homey dishes on trend, chefs are getting in touch with their inner child. These childhood favourites are all grown up.


Hot Dining: Go Big or Go Home

Chef Bill Georgakopoulos of Rae & Jerry’s. Photo by Ian McCausland.

At Rae & Jerry’s, the philosophy has always been “more is more.” With 330 seats in the dining room and lounge, the behemoth steakhouse serves up 200-300 pounds of beef daily, all butchered by chef Bill Georgakopoulos. The restaurant has been a perennial pick for stately steak dinners since 1957, famous for its generously loaded sandwiches, prime cuts of cow, and iconic red décor. This bastion of old school eating has proved the value of finding what works and sticking to it. 1405 Portage Ave, 204‑788‑6155, raeandjerrys.com

Winnipeg’s Best New Restaurants of 2015


The Merchant Kitchen, photo by Ian McCausland

This year brought Winnipeg diners plenty to rave about. The Merchant Kitchen tops the list, and has been chosen as one of Canada’s Top 10 New Restaurants by WHERE editors.


Winnipeg’s Top 10 Selfie Spots

As any teen will tell you, there’s an art to the perfect selfie. Take your insta-game to the next level at these spots perfect for taking in the city and scoring some likes.

Esplanade Riel Pedestrian Bridge


In order to capture this 57-metre engineering marvel, park yourself at the bridge’s east end. Flanked by the city’s skyline, the massive structure connecting the Forks to Winnipeg’s French quarter makes a memorable backdrop for a self portrait. Grab a food shot while you’re at it at Mon Ami Louis on the bridge, where the sweeping view of the Red River complements French bistro favourites like indulgent frites fried in duck fat.
Photo courtesy of Rivers West Brian Gould

Manitoba Museum


The province’s natural history is on display at the Manitoba Museum, meaning you can share the frame with everything from a towering dinosaur skeleton to a bison frozen mid-stampede. While exploring the galleries, stop to snap a time-travelling selfie on board the Nonsuch, a replica of the famous ketch that sailed the high seas in 1668.
Photo courtesy Manitoba Museum

“Imagine” Sculpture


Show off your flair for the dramatic while touring Winnipeg’s theatre district. Set outside the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre’s mainstage, outdoor public sculpture “Imagine” was commissioned to celebrate the company’s 50th anniversary and features founders Tom Hendry and John Hirsch sharing some inspiration. Strike a pose between these two visionaries for a star shot.

Oodena Circle


The convergence of the Red and Assiniboine rivers has been a meeting place for thousands of years. The Oodena Circle at The Forks celebrates the area’s longstanding Indigenous influcences and teachings, and features a sundial, naked eye observatory, and a ceremonial fire pit. Stand in the center of the circle for the perfect snap.
Photo courtesy theforks.com


“Emptyful” Sculpture
Located in the Millennium Library Plaza, “Emptyful” was designed by Vancouver-based artists to represent both Winnipeg’s empty and open landscape and the fullness of its people and creative energies. The best time for an artsy selfie is at night, when the beaker-shaped sculpture’s colourful lights and cascading waterfall come alive.


Manitoba Legislative Building


Home to Manitoba’s Legislative Assembly and Winnipeg’s beloved Golden Boy, this early 19th century limestone building is an object of fascination for architects and scholars due to the plethora of Masonic symbols hidden in its design. Tour the grounds and be camera ready at the massive stained glass rotunda, or snap a pic with one of the life-sized marble Bison that flank the Grand Staircase.
Photo courtesy Nilo Milano

West End Murals


One of the city’s most vibrant and culturally diverse neighbourhoods, the West End is also home to an ever expanding collection of murals. Stroll up and down Sargent and Ellice Ave and pick your favourite piece of public art to act as a backdrop for a sunny selfie.

Winnipeg Art Gallery


At over a century old, the Winnipeg Art Gallery is looking picture perfect. Snap a portrait next to the impressive exterior architecture before journeying inside for some aesthetic inspiration. Changing feature exhibits supplement a permanent collection that includes the world’s largest collection of Inuit art.

Assiniboine Park Zoo


Where else can you take a selfie with a polar bear? Arctic animals get up close and personal inside the Assiniboine Park Zoo’s Journey to Churchill Exhibit, where interactive displays like an underwater viewing tunnel and the Wapusk Lowlands (tundra-mimicking enclosures without visible barriers) will have you turning the camera outward to capture bears, seals, snowy owls, and caribou.
Photo courtesy CTC/William Au

Human Rights Museum Tower of Hope


Cap off an eye-opening and inspiring journey through the Canadian Museum for Human Rights with a stop in the Inspiring Change gallery, where visitors can share their vision for the future by filling in “I Imagine …” cards. Share your dreams with a photo, then move on to the Tower of Hope, where an exhilarating panoramic view of the city provides a sunny backdrop for memory-making.
Photo courtesy Dan Harper

You Gotta Eat Here! 12 Restaurants That are Worth the Drive from the Big City

You Gotta Eat Here host John Catucci (photo: Geoff George)

You Gotta Eat Here host John Catucci (photo: Geoff George)

Canada’s big cities are home to all manner of acclaimed restaurants. Each year local and visiting foodies flock to by the thousands to the likes of Vij’s and Hawksworth in Vancouver, Canoe and The Black Hoof in Toronto, and Chives in Halifax. But there’s also great food to be had off the beaten path. On his Food Network Canada show You Gotta Eat Here, John Catucci travels across the country in search of the most mouth-watering dishes at hometown-favourite eateries. In advance of You Gotta Eat Here‘s season-three premiere on April 4, Catucci tells Where about some excellent restaurants that are well worth a road trip.

Click onward to see the restaurants that are worth the drive from Canada’s big cities!

Winnipeg’s Top 40 Patios


In a city affectionately known as “Winterpeg”, it’s not surprising that locals look for any available chance to soak up some sun. Hit up these 40 prime patios for a side of vitamin D with your meal.

529 Wellington sets its tables on a manicured back lawn adjacent Assiniboine River. As if smart and beautiful food weren’t enough!

Cocktails with a view of the skyline are on the menu at The Allen Restaurant‘s rooftop patio at the Metropolitan Entertainment Centre.

The Beachcomber‘s expansive bar and patio offers people watching and a million dollar view of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers.

The beautiful, shady patio complete with a fountain makes Black Rabbit a prime spot for sun and sips in Osborne Village.

Feel miles away without leaving the city at Buffalo Stone Cafe at Fort Whyte Alive urban nature reserve. Dine on simple breakfast and lunch faves while overlooking one of Manitoba’s beautiful lakes.

Open wide for gargantuan sized taqueria fare at a rare front lawn table at Corydon’s Burrito del Rio.