Greenish Cafe – Downtown Skywalk System

The rainy weather over the last few weeks has forced me inside more on the occasions that I am out walking. When I’m downtown this means traveling through the Skywalk system. Roughly halfway between Cityplace and Portage Place, lies Greenish Cafe, a Sushi and Salad place. There has been a sushi restaurant there for quite a few years, but I’ve never really been tempted to go in. However, over the last few months there has been a renovating of the space, and Greenish (nb the website only has phone number and email on it, so far) has emerged.

Greenish Cafe Americano

The Greenish Cafe Americano

One aspect of Greenish that caught my attention before I went in is that they have a sign advertising their coffee prices, which include a $2.00 Americano. I thought it would be worth my while to visit the place just to give the Americano a go.

A couple of other factors made me want to stop in at Greenish. One is it’s proximity to Coffee Depot, which I enjoy from time to time, and the other is that it made me think of Sushi June in the Cityplace food court that offers some really good food.

The first thing I noticed when I entered the Greenish location is that it looks more comfortable than it did before. There is a nice bench running the length of one wall, and the the tables and chairs are quite pleasant as well. the renovation has also left the place feeling more cosy as well.  Continue reading


Graham Avenue Chili Hits Spot

For years Twist Cafe on Graham Avenue was my favourite haunt. So much so, that Soups, Sandwiches & More was totally neglected. Or almost so. They did cater a couple of events I attended, but I never got a good idea of what they served.

Soups, Sandwiches, more chili

A very meaty chili from Soups, Sandwiches, More

As of last year, Fools and Horses is my new favourite place. So, I don’t go down Graham Avenue as much as I used to. However, the other day I was in the area, and thought to myself, maybe I should give Soups, Sandwiches, & More a try.

The first thing I notice when I enter that service is cafeteria style. They have a large menu, so you may need to stand back a little so that you can take it all in. There are several people working behind the counter, so my order is taken quite efficiently. I order the Thai Peanut Salad, and a bowl of the chili. The chili is listed under the soups, at a cost of a dollar extra.

The other thing that strikes me is the variety of table configurations, 2-tops, 4-tops, and a couple of tables with couches if you are looking for a little added comfort.

Soups, Sandwiches, More, Thai Peanut Salad

Thai peanut salad

When I receive my chili, I see why. It is more a chili soup than a chili. Despite that it is quite good. There is good spiciness to it, and there is a heaping portion of ground beef in the bowl. The salad is a little less inspiring. It’s largely a garden salad, with a few peanuts, and a container of salad dressing on the side. Again though, like the chili, the portion is quite generous.

One ting that caught my attention over lunch is that Soups, Salads, and More is also open for breakfast. I knew that would be my next visit.

Graham Avenue Breakfast Stop

Soups, Sandwiches, & More opens early (6:30 am) for breakfast. Keeping that fact in mind I show up about 20 minutes before breakfast service ends (11:00 am). I order the basic breakfast. Bacon, scrambled eggs, hash browns, and rye toast. That is my go to combo for breakfast. There is a variety of coffees on offer, but I settle for a medium roast. The coffee is simply all right.

Graham Avenue breakfast

A hearty breakfast, downtown on Graham Avenue

The breakfast though is quite good. The bacon is crispy, the eggs are well cooked, and the potatoes aren’t mushy. The toast comes well buttered, and best of all they offer marmalade as one of their spread alternatives. Also, they bring two containers of the marmalade.

Soups, Sandwiches, More rye toast

Toast to go with the breakfast special

Soups, Sandwiches, More marmalade

Enough marmalade to cover both slices of toast quite nicely.

The service here is quite fast. This is a place I’ll be keeping in mind when I’m downtown and in a hurry. Good, solid comfort food to send you on your way.

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Nook Diner-Sherbrook Street

Friday night, I finished the Winnipeg Harvest Poverty Pledge. Saturday morning I was in the mood for a good old-fashioned breakfast. Bacon, eggs, potatoes, and toast. Many of the staff at St. Margaret’s, one of the parishes where I work regularly visit The Nook Diner on the corner of Sherbrook and Wolseley. I figured I’d give it a try. I went fairly early in the day, hoping that it wouldn’t be too crowded. It wasn’t and I was able to get a seat right away.

Nook Diner mural

The Nook Diner building featuring a mural on the side wall.

Nook Breakfast:

My server brought me a menu and coffee shortly after I sat down. The Nook has two sections, and while cozy as you would expect from a restaurant with such a name, there’s room to hold a fair number of customer. I really liked the fact that there were several two seat tables in the mix. As a single diner, I appreciate not having to feel like my presence is costing the restaurant a lot of potential business. Continue reading