Pho Binh Minh – Sargent Avenue


Having recently moved, I find myself going out and exploring the various restaurants close to my new location. It’s one of those interesting things. Even though I wasn’t many blocks farther away from these restaurants than I am now, those extra few blocks meant I didn’t get out and check out places like Pho Binh Minh.

The shredded pork Banh Mi (sub)

Pho Binh Minh is located on Sargent, just past Arlington in a little professional plaza. The restaurant takes up about half of the street level floor of the building. Continue reading

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Shawarma Time – Ellice Avenue


Shawarma Time on the corner of Ellice Avenue and Sherbrook Street is one of the oldest Shawarma places in Winnipeg. Despite having lived in the area for the best part of 13 years, I’ve only gone in a couple of times over the years. The main reason for not stopping in was that although the food was quite good, I found the place to be a little on the run down side, and not a particularly pleasant space.

Shawarma Time Grape Leaves

The stuffed grape leaves from Shawarma Time

However, recently I went back because I was looking for something good and cheap. I was pleasantly surprised when I walked in to see that they have made some changes to the decor. The most notable thing is large, flat screens that display the menu and catch your eye as you walk in. This has reduced the number of unattractive pictures that lined the one wall. In general the tables and chairs also look much better and the general cleanliness of the place is much higher.

I was quite hungry my first visit, so I decided I would order a couple of appetizers and one of their pies. I chose Stuffed Grape Leaves, Kibbe, and one of the their Cheese and Spinach Pies. Continue reading

Clementine Cafe – Exchange District


Over the last few days I’ve been blogging primarily about the Fringe Festival. Being in the Exchange for the Fringe, I’ve done a bit of dining in the area. One of the places I’ve visited is Clementine Cafe.

I’ll get to the review of Clementine in a bit, but in case your interested, these are the Fringe shows I’ve reviewed: Wanderlust, Josephine, Vera Lynn-We’ll Meet Again, 4:48 Psychosis, Wooster Sauce, and Time’s Fancy. I recommend any and all of these shows if you’re interested in taking in some of the Fringe in the next few days. There are also lots of other good shows as well.

Clementine Cafe sign

Sidewalk sign for Clementine Cafe

Clementine is located on Princess Avenue, and it’s just a couple of blocks from Old Market Square, the heart of Fringe Country. The cafe itself is in the basement of the building. Continue reading

Vicky’s Diner – Albert Street


Not long ago I reviewed the new location of the White Star Diner. I noticed that the old Albert Street location had been filled by a new restaurant signed as Vicky’s.

Vicky's diner sign

The sign above the doorway at Vicky’s Diner.

I heard that it was a new burger type joint, but let it pass. Now, with Fringe Fest starting tomorrow, I thought it would be a good time to check it out in advance of the festival.

On Monday I paid my first visit. I was in the mood for a good lunch and decided that I would order the Vicky’s Favourite Burger, Onion Rings, and Fries with Gravy for my meal. To this I added a can of Coke for a beverage.

Vicky's Diner onion rings

Vicky’s Diner box of onion rings.

There are a variety of burgers listed on the menu, but the Vicky’s Favourite is clearly the best value. It’s the same as going to Mrs. Mike’s. You could order other burgers, but you really want to order the King Burger there. Continue reading

Moxies – Downtown, Kenaston


Moxie’s is a restaurant that I hadn’t visited for a long time. It was probably 15-20 years ago that I last had been to one. The only thing I remember from those visits were that the portions were rather large, and the dishes rather unimaginative.

Then I got the opportunity to visit recently thanks to the Downtown Biz Patio Tours. That was at the downtown location at the “who will they add to the naming rights next,” arena.

Moxie's Biryani Dry Ribs

The Biryani Dry ribs from the downtown Moxie’s

Since then, there have been a couple of occasion where old friends of me and my family have come through for visits, and we ended up at the Moxie’s on Kenaston for lunch. This has given me a chance to try out a variety of different items, and to observe the food others have received as well. So, I’m using a little bit from each location for this review.  Continue reading