A little while ago I wrote about Fete Ice Cream on Assiniboine Avenue. Dug & Betty’s Ice Creamery and Cafe, is another, recent addition to the Winnipeg ice cream scene. Owned by the people behind Inferno’s Bistro, which is located just across the street. Dug & Betty’s is bringing small batch ice cream, and French inspired cafe food to Des Meurons Avenue in St. Boniface.
The name of the cafe is inspired by the owner’s Bassett hounds. I love this because it reminds me of one my favourite French detectives. Martin Walker’s Bruno: Chief of Police, is a detective, gourmand, and a basset owner.
Dug & Betty’s for Soft Serve
My first visit to Dug & Betty’s came after stopping by Inferno’s. It was a very hot day. So, I figured I would enjoy an ice cream on my way back to work.
This is after a quite filling lunch. I order a medium cone, thinking that it would not be all that big. Instead it turns out, the medium is quite large. By the time I am finished I am feeling a little bloated. On the whole, though, it makes for a nice cooling treat on a hot day.
Lunch and More Ice Cream
A couple of weeks ago, I managed to make another trip to the cafe. This time I was having lunch with Ben Salins, a friend and parishioner from my time at St. Philip’s.
It was once again a quite hot day. Fortunately, Dug and Betty’s has a patio. There weren’t any umbrellas, but there was a good breeze blowing, which kept the patio from getting too hot.
The menu is not huge, but there is nice variety to it. We both decided to have the beet salad. This is a salad with a lot of substance to it. There are beets of various colour. The peppers, onions, and hemp hearts all add a little crunch to complement the soft beets. The dressing is good and not overdone, and the cheese is liberally laced throughout. This is a salad that will bear multiple re-orders without boring you.
When it came to a main, I went with the rice bowl. It contains jasmine rice, with a variety of crunchy vegetables, and cashews. You can get it with breaded chicken added, but I chose the plain bowl. This is still a good size portion, and there is variety in every bite.
Ben ordered the chicken club sandwich. I didn’t taste this. However, look and smell are both a part of the eating experience. This sandwich smells absolutely fantastic. and as you can see from the picture above, it is stacked with great, fresh ingredients.
Dug and Betty’s Service
My first visit was just to the takeout window for the soft serve. The service was friendly, but I was the only person in line. On the return trip there were a few tables being waited on.
Our server did a really good job of looking after us. In particular we had our water filled several times. Given how hot the day was, that was important. Our server also knew the menu well, which I always appreciate.
Otherwise, we were left to our conversation. My lunch with Ben was one of the first times with anyone outside of work. It was a good visit, and I would also like to thank Ben for treating me to lunch.
I will not be in St. Boniface much, my time at St. Philip’s has ended, but I hope to find reasons to get up to Dug and Betty’s again.