Reviews and Such Restaurants

Nook Diner-Sherbrook Street

Friday night, I finished the Winnipeg Harvest Poverty Pledge. Saturday morning I was in the mood for a good old-fashioned breakfast. Bacon, eggs, potatoes, and toast. Many of the staff at St. Margaret’s, one of the parishes where I work, regularly visit The Nook Diner on the corner of Sherbrook and Wolseley. I figured I’d give it a try. I went fairly early in the day, hoping that it wouldn’t be too crowded. It wasn’t and I was able to get a seat right away.

Nook Diner mural
The Nook Diner building featuring a mural on the side wall.


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My server brought me a menu and coffee shortly after I sat down. The Nook has two sections, and while cozy as you would expect from a restaurant with such a name, there’s room to hold a fair number of customer. I really liked the fact that there were several two seat tables in the mix. As a single diner, I appreciate not having to feel like my presence is costing the restaurant a lot of potential business.
The breakfast menu is really extensive, but I saw that they I had a breakfast special and that’s what I went for. When I order a standard breakfast special I go with bacon, scrambled eggs, potatoes, and rye toast. Feel free to leave a comment with what your standard breakfast special is.
The Nook was not yet full to overflowing, but almost all the tables were occupied. My order came in good time. The bacon was nice and crispy (I believe bacon should be easy to eat with your fingers), the eggs were well scrambled and the potatoes were browned, but not overcooked.

Nook Condiments
The Nook makes sure that there are plenty of condiments to go with your breakfast.


nook coffee
the staff at the Nook make sure the coffee is kept well filled during your visit.


Nook Breakfast.
A hearty, tasty breakfast. This will surely get your day off to a good start.

One of the things I noticed when I was cooking during the Poverty Pledge was how much I missed fat. I couldn’t help but smile a little when I finished my breakfast, and saw the little traces of fat that still remained after I ate. This is not to suggest that there was an extra lot of fat, just that there were a few little lines as a reminder of the fat’s value in helping to make such a tasty meal.

Nook Lunch:

I’ve written before, but I can’t remember where, that Sunday lunch is a time when I’m often very hungry. Preaching and presiding expends a lot of energy. So, it’s a great time to find out whether the portions I’m getting at a restaurant are going to satisfy me.
For lunch at The Nook I had a Reuben Platter, with a cup of Beef Noodle Soup to start. The soup itself was quite satisfying with loots of broad noodles, but the portion size of the cup made me wish I had order the not much more expensive bowl. The sandwich on the other hand, had corned beef tumbling outside of it, with plenty of cheese, sauerkraut, and their sauce. The portion of fries was substantial. Large enough that if I was dining with another person I’d recommend ordering one platter, one sandwich and splitting the platter fries.
This was a weekend of desiring comfort food, and I appreciated the gooey quality of the sandwich. The fries didn’t seem to have been salted, which was a bonus in my books, as I prefer less salt, and was able to add it to that level. The platter also came with a half of a dill pickle.

beef noodle
The Beef Noodle soup is stuffed full with substantial goodness, not just broth.


reuben platter
The Reuben platter. Long on flavour and long on portion as well.

On both of visits the service was excellent. While I was enjoying my breakfast special my coffee was regularly refilled. At lunch, while my server was busy, one of the other servers saw to it that my water got refilled as it was reaching the empty mark. This weekend was the first visits that I had ever paid to The Nook Diner, but I expect there will be more in my future.

By Donald McKenzie

Anglican priest, and food blogger. This blog is focused on Food. It will feature reviews of places to eat books, and the odd recipe. I also write about what it means to gather together around food.