Browns Socialhouse Portage Avenue


Browns Socialhouse describes itself as an upscale casual dining restaurant. It’s a largely western Canada chain. According to their website there is one location in Ontario.

By and large it’s a glorified sports bar. Sort of like Underdogs, but with better furniture. That is to say there are TVs all over the place including a giant screen one over the bar that consists of several smaller large screens (if that’s not an onxymoron).¬†There are three locations here in Winnipeg, but my visits were all made to the one on Portage Avenue, downtown, across Portage Avenue from the highest bidder naming rights arena.

Browns Socialhouse coaster

A beermat/coaster from Browns Socialhouse.

If you come from the corner of Donald and Portage, you walk past the outdoor patio (which for some reason is empty this time of year). It’s a bit odd as you enter the building. You don’t enter the restaurant directly, but enter the building it’s situated in, and then hang a right at the security desk to get into the restaurant itself.

The restaurant is quite large and open, with high ceilings. It’s divided into different sections. Continue reading

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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