Long Island Cafe – Portage Avenue


I recently decided to visit the Long Island Cafe on Portage Avenue just across from the University of Winnipeg. It’s been quite a few years since I last visited the cafe. At the time it was largely a coffee and dessert sort of place. Since then it’s become more of a lunch/early supper place with an emphasis on Vietnamese cuisine.

The prices are quite good and there is a good bit of variety on the menu. The cafe does a lot of takeout. As a result a lot of the dishes are pre-made, and the freshness tends to vary. If you are regularly in the neighbourhood it seems like the sort of place where you could find out the best days for certain dishes.

The fried rice from Long Island Cafe. A somewhat disappointing dish.

The cafe is an interesting place to walk into. There are coolers and freezers all over the place, It gives the vibe of being coffee shop, restaurant and tuck shop all rolled into one Continue reading

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Banh Mi King – Portage Avenue


I rather stumbled across Banh Mi King the other day, even though it’s smack dab in the middle of Portage Avenue across from the University of Winnipeg. I found myself wandering down there on my way home a few days ago and decided to stop in.

Banh Mi King untensils

Utensils and condiments

I don’t know who designed it, but the interior reminds me of King + Bannatyne and Chosabi. While a pleasant style with the window bar seating and one large table, the design seems to be getting repeated a fair bit. Ordering is done at the counter in a fast casual style. The only problems I have with that is, although the cutlery is all on the table, you have to remember to pick up your napkins when you place your order. Continue reading

Bargen Coffee – Downtown


Back when I wrote about Forth coffee, I also mentioned that Thom Bargen Coffee and Tea was in the process of opening a new location in the downtown. Located at the corner of Kennedy Street and Graham Avenue, the new Thom Bargen fills a space that most recently housed an eyewear shop.

The corner space has allowed Bargen’s to create an L-shaped interior with a variety of table types and a long counter for seating. As a corner building there is also lots of natural light streaming in to the cafe. The south wall features a painting by artist Gabrielle Funk.

Thom Bargen Decoration

this painting decorates the south wall of the Kennedy Street location of Thom Bargen.

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Palatal Express – Guilty Pleasure


I never visited the Palatal Mongolian Stir-Fry on Pembina that now houses Royal Punjab Sweet House. However, I visit the Palatal Express at Sherbrook and Portage on a semi-regular spot. This for me is a great place to visit when I’m in the mood for a quick, cheap pigout. I don’t find the food here particularly brilliant, but there’s lots of it, and I can get it really spicy when I want that.

Like a lot of places they advertise themselves as really healthy. I’m sure it’s pretty healthy, but I wouldn’t make it the centrepiece of my diet.

Palatal Express Special

Palatal Express has a well priced daily special

Palatal Pleasures:

One of the things I like about Palatal is that it is a soup and stir-fry version of Subway. Like Subway, the restaurant offers a wide variety of vegetables to add to your noodles and protein. I order a little of everything, maximizing my vegetables. Although I occasionally order the small sized daily special my typical choice is the large serving. Continue reading