Nathan Detroit’s Sandwich Pad


A few weeks ago, I was wandering through the underground at Portage and Main. I wandered down underneath the CIBC building, and noticed that Nathan Detroit’s Sandwich Pad has a new location. It’s been years since I last visited, back when it was tucked in the back corner of the building.

Nathan Detroit's Hot Mustard

The hot mustard from Nathan Detroit’s Sandwich Pad lives up to the name.

It took me a few days to get back there, but I paid my first visit a couple of weeks ago. Unfortunately, all the pictures I took on that occasion have disappeared from my phone, so the pictures in this post are all from the second time around.

The space at Nathan Detroit’s is wide open, in the shape of an upside down L, with the cross bar at the back of the restaurant. There are plenty of tables, and so I had no trouble getting a seat.

Nathan Detroit’s Sandwich Special

The sandwich board outside the restaurant was advertising a sandwich, appropriately enough. That day it was the Reuben. I really enjoy a good Reuben. This one would qualify as good but not great in my books. Continue reading

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Seoul Nami – Downtown, Underground


The other day I was underground at Portage and Main and decided I would make a stop for lunch at Seoul Nami which sits in the rotunda between Winnipeg Square and the Richardson building.

A good though oddly priced, $1.67, Miso soup

A good though oddly priced, $1.67, Miso soup

There has been a lot of talk recently about possibly re-opening Portage and Main to pedestrian traffic. Moving to Winnipeg in 1980, I’ve only known a closed corner. Meanwhile, the underground has been part of my life at various times. I worked at Henry Armstrong’s in Winnipeg Square and banked at the TD branch undergound at the intersection. My first regular coffee place was the Second Cup that was open there at one time. I’ve stopped at the food court at Winnipeg Square for late lunch on several occasions. Continue reading