The Fyxx – Espresso Bar


Winnipeg’s coffee scene has changed quite a bit over the last few years. However, it’s not that long ago that there wasn’t much beyond the chains when it came to coffee choices in the town. Late night coffee and dessert choices seemed to be limited mainly to Osborne Village and the odd place here and there.

The Fyxx Greek Salad

Greek Salad from The Fyxx

I remember when The Fyxx first opened on Broadway and Donald. It quickly became the place where groups gathered for a taste of higher end coffee and desserts. At one point it was so successful that there were three locations in town. The cafe seemed to ultimately be a victim of it’s own success as both of the other locations no longer exist and only the Broadway location is still open.  It’s status as a no longer happening kind of place is further emphasized by the fact that it closes at 6 pm Friday through Sunday. Continue reading

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Rodos Greek-French Eatery


I find my schedule takes me in and through downtown on a regular basis. This means I can often make short detours on my trips to visit various restaurants in the area. The last couple of weeks I took the time and paid a couple of visits to Rodo’s French and Greek Eatery In Winnipeg Square.

Rodo's baklava

Rodo’s offers a substantial piece of baklava, full of flavour.

Winnipeg Square is one of those places that is slightly off my track, but doesn’t add to much time to my trips. I’d say that Winnipeg Square might have the best food court in Winnipeg. 

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Pizza Hotline Vs Za Bistro


A couple of weeks ago, after publishing posts on Nuburger, and Harvey’s, Cory Boehm, a friend and fellow food lover, asked if I had tried either of the new downtown pizza restaurants, Za Bistro, and Pizza Hotline. He said he had been having a conversation with a couple of his friends, and that since both offered similarly priced build you won pizzas, they might make for a good comparison.

As it turned out I had just made my first trip to Za Bistro, recently opened in CityPlace. I didn’t realize Pizza Hotline was similar, but on finding that out I thought a comparison post would be a good idea.

Za Bistro.

All the Za Pizza Bistro orders come in take out boxes.

Pizza Hotline Wins the Decor Battle

When it comes to a dining space, Pizza Hotline wins hands down. Za Bistro is the middle of the City Place food court, while Pizza Hotline has a stand alone location with a variety of comfortable seating arrangements tucked into Winnipeg Square. Continue reading

Santa Lucia Pizza – St. Mary’s Road


One place on my daily journey’s to work that I’ve bypassed is Santa Lucia Pizza. I’m not sure why. Some of it is that I’m not the world’s biggest pizza lover. Some of it is simply that I am generally crossing the street just as I get there.

A couple of weeks ago I decided that  I should remedy that situation. So, I made a point of including visits to the restaurant in my routine.

Santa Lucia Patio

View from the Santa Lucia Patio.

Santa Lucia Late Lunch:

On my first visit I showed up at the end of the lunch service. I was given the choice of dining room, patio, or lounge. The dining room was my choice. I ended seated at what appeared to be the only two top in the room. The menu is divided into Greek and Italian choices. I decided I was more in the mood for the Greek. I started off with the Avgolemono soup. Then I added a Greek Salad with Souvlaki. When the bowl of soup came the biggest surprise was the amount of chicken. There seemed to be a whole chicken breast cut up into the bowl. It’s always a pleasure when chicken or another protein doesn’t get finished in the first couple of spoonfuls. The soup comes with a good lemon flavouring. Continue reading

Juniors – Saint Marys Road


Here’s another one of those apostrophied restaurants, this time on an an apostrophied street. Juniors has three locations in Winnipeg, serving a classic burger and fries type menu along with some Greek specialties. I visited the location at St. Mary’s and Fermor.

Juniors Coke

I purchased a Can of Coke as part of my Fatboy meal.

I made my first stop at Juniors, because I had been down at St. Mary Magdalene, one of the other Anglican Churches in town. We were planning a joint service for Maundy Thursday. I was busing it back to St. Philip’s and I figured I would have enough time to stop for a bite to eat at Juniors and continue on my journey while making use of my transfer. Continue reading

Helios – Saint Mary’s Road


Just down from St. Philip’s on Saint Mary’s is a new restaurant known as Helios. Helios falls into the category of replacement restaurant. Prior to Helios opening up the space had been home to La Petite France. La Petite France falls into the category of “restaurant that I always intended to visit but never did.”  When I saw that there was a new place opening I decided I’d try it out sooner rather than later.

As you might suspect from the name, Helios is a Greek restaurant. The first thing that stands out about Helios as you enter is that it is bright and open with lots of natural light coming in through the windows. While not a large dining room there are still plenty of seats and room between the tables. Both times I visited I found myself seated by the window.

Helios for lunch

My first visit was on a Sunday after the service at St. Philip’s. It was one of those days where the tidying up and everything afterwards meant it was well past the lunch rush by the time I went. This meant that the dining room was empty. Continue reading

Johnny’s Marion Street


When I started working at St. Philip’s I also started to explore the neighbourhood restaurants. One of the first was the Marion Street Eatery. At the time I noticed there were a couple of other restaurants. Dairy Wip and Johnny’s, close by. I made a mental note of this, but unfortunately  my memory isn’t what it once was, so I forgot my intention.

Then, a couple of months go, the owners of Johnny’s happened to show up at St. Philip’s one Sunday, and I was reminded about the restaurant.

Johnny’s is a Greek-Canadian restaurant. One of the things about visiting Johnny’s is that it took me back to when I first moved into the West End. There was a similar restaurant called Minerva’s on Sargent Avenue. It was a favourite place for breakfast with a group of guys from church. Minerva’s closed and the group has moved to various parts of the city but we still keep in touch from time to time.

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