Over the last couple of years, I’ve gone on a couple of the Downtown Biz tours. Last year I did the Tap In tour, and the year before that I went on the Patio Tour. This year, Susan Ainley, tour co-ordinator invited me, along with a group of other social media inclined folks to join her on this year’s edition of the patio tour.
One of the first things I noted was that the list of participating restaurants this year was different from the Patio Tour I went on a couple of years ago. Patios in the downtown continue to grow, and so there are always lot’s to choose from.
Our gathering spot for the day was the patio at Pony Corral on St. Mary Avenue. It was beginning to cloud over but we still managed to find some sun for ourselves. Besides Susan and myself, our social media group consisted of Craig and Michelle Hologroski, Natalie (PegCityLovely) Bell, Lindsay Somers, Cory Beal, and Jaime Vales-Riench. For our first two stops we were also joined by Tineke de Jong of the Downtown Biz.
Being National Caesar day, I made the Classic Caesar, shown above, my drink of choice at Pony Corral. Along with our beverages we were served a platter of chicken bites with tzatziki and pita slices. The chicken was wonderfully moist and well-seasoned.
The patio tour requires a bit of walking, and that’s a good thing, because it allows you to work off some calories and leave room for the food that follows. So, after our stay at Pony Corral we headed over to Carbones Pizza. Here we caught the high point of sun for the afternoon.
The tasting menu was also enjoyable as we got to try both the White and the Tyrol Pizzas. The White is one of the better vegetarian options going. For a beverage I went with the Torque Beer, Helles Lager. Enjoyable all the way down.
The weather turned a little bit chillier and damp at this point so our next two stops were indoors. We stopped at Moxie’s in the MTS Centre, (at least it was the MTS Centre when we were there). Here we were served their house made hard lemonade. A delightful drink made better by the fact that it isn’t overly sweet. We received a taco for our food portion, and then they went and brought out some of their tried ribs and table smashed guacamole for us to try. Finally, they brought us a shot that featured coconut rum.
For our final stop we ended off at Rudy’s Eat & Drink. Here we ran into the dilemma of piles of food at the end of the a filling tour. However, we dug in and did our best. There were Spring Rolls, Kyoza, and what looked like chicken or pork bites. They were at the far end of the table and I didn’t try them. There were also two choices of beverage. The Little Brown Jug 1919, and a fruit-filled cocktail topped with Mango slices. Having tried the 1919, I decided on the cocktail. It was delicious. However, it is also dangerous, as you could easily drink 3 or 4 without realizing how much alcohol you are consuming.
As always with the downtown tours the conversation is the best part. Most of the people who were on the tour are people I only know through their social media profiles. So, it is nice to be able to find out about them IRL. If you are looking for a good way to discover more about downtown Winnipeg, the Biz tours are always a good way to go.