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Stoneworks Bistro 360 Main Street

Stoneworks Bistro is a new restaurant opened up in the Shops of Winnipeg Square. It’s located in the spot that once belonged to Pizza Hotline. Stoneworks Bistro offers a variety of soups, sandwiches, a daily special, and some sweet treats.

Stoneworks Bistro Thai Chicken Soup
A Thai Chicken soup from Stoneworks Bistro.

I first heard about Stoneworks Bistro from Brian Gilchrist. I got to know Brian when I was a ministry student at St. Paul Fort-Garry Anglican Church. Like most people I know, I haven’t seen Brian for several years. We do however keep in occasional contact through our Socials. Brain posted a picture of his meal from the restaurant and I knew I wanted to try it.

There are plenty of tables if you wish to dine-in. A couple of them sit out front of the ordering area. Most of the seating is to the back and side of the order area. This gives a good feeling of being tucked away from the lunch hour bustle of Winnipeg square.

It does look like there may be more changes coming to the decor over the next few months, but I’ll have to wait and see. As it is, Stoneworks Bistro is a pleasant space in which to enjoy your meal.

One thing I appreciate about Stoneworks Bistro is that they are open from 11 am until 4 pm. A lot of places downtown have taken to closing by 2 pm. I find I can’t always get away for lunch in that time frame. It’s nice having a place that is open a little longer.

Stoneworks Bistro Soups

I’m not going to go through this restaurant on a visit-by-visit basis. Instead, I am going to start with the soups I tried. I really enjoy soup, especially at lunch. I’ve tried three different soups at Stoneworks.

The first was a Thai Chicken, the second a Beef Barley, and the third a Loaded Baked Potato. The Thai Chicken, pictured above, is a good, warming soup. There is a bit of spiciness to it, but not an overwhelming amount. The broth is tasty and there is plenty of substance.

Beef Barley Soup
A cup sized portion of the Beef and Barley Soup.

Soup are available in cup, regular, and large sizes. The one above is a cup-sized portion of the Beef and Barley soup. Again, this a really tasty soup. The celery is still crisp. The barley is good and chewy, and there is a good, beefy flavour over all.

Loaded  Baked Potato Soup
A medium sized portion of Loaded Baked Potato Soup.

The third soup I tried was the Loaded Baked Potato Soup. One of the things I like about this soup, is that it shows creative use of leftovers. The previous day Stoneworks Bistro special was a Loaded Baked Potato Bar. Then the leftovers were taken and turned into today’s soup. A great way to re-purpose the food, and avoid food waste.

On top of that, I really enjoyed the soup. There were plenty of bits of bacon, along with the onions, bits of cheese and other items from the Potato Bar. Most days there are two soups on offer. So, even after three visits I’ve only tried about half the soups available.

Specials and Sandwiches

Every day there is a special on at Stoneworks Bistro. There are also several sandwiches that are on offer every day. Some days, the Special is a sandwich. I’ve tried all three variations.

Stoneworks Bistro Carvery Salmon and Wild Rice.
Carvery Salmon with Wild Rice offered up by Stoneworks Bistro.

It was the picture of the Carvery Salmon posted by Brian Gilchrist that made me want to check out Stoneworks Bistro in the first place. The salmon here was cut off the whole flank(there may be a better technical term) of the salmon. There were some good crunchy bits, and it was nice and flaky.

The chewiness of the wild rice made a nice textural change from the softness of the fish.

Dagwood Baguette
Dagwood Baguette.

Next time around, I decided to give one of the sandwiches a go. I chose the Dagwood Baguette. This sandwich brings to mind the old Blondie comic strip, although it isn’t piled quite that high.

If you are going to call a sandwich a baguette, the bread really needs to hit that definition. This one does. The bread has the crispy, flaky explosion you expect when you bite into, and then it is soft and chewy as you finish. There is plenty of filling and flavour when reach the meat, cheese, and mustard filling.

Chicken Burger
A chicken burger with plenty of toppings.

On my most recent visit, I ordered the special. This was the Chicken Burger, and I added Fries with Gravy.

The Chicken Burger blurs the line between sandwich and burger. Although served on a burger type bun, the Chicken was sliced Chicken Breast and not a burger. However, that doesn’t really matter. The meat was well cooked and there was a good bit of it on the burger.

The burger also comes with two slices of bacon. These were good and crispy, and not greasy at all. I really dislike rubbery bacon. Especially when the attempt to bit into it removes the entire slice from the burger. I also, enjoyed the fries, but they could use more gravy. Food-wise that is the only thing I didn’t particularly enjoy here.

They have a fairly good selection of beverages. There is coffee and a variety of teas. They also carry Jones Sodas, along with Coke, etc.

Service at Stoneworks Bistro is at the counter. You place your order, pay for it, and then they will bring it to your seat. They do a fair bit of takeout business as well.

Each time I have been in, I’ve found the staff to be very friendly. They take your order quickly and efficiently. Even when it was fairly busy, the line was moving at a good rate. Stoneworks Bistro is definitely a place I will be returning in the 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.