Underdogs Sports Bar – NFL Opener


The Sports Bar is an interesting type of place. On game day it’s a hive of activity. Fans fixated on the screens hanging all over the walls, cheering, booing, or groaning as they follow along with their favourite teams. Other times, when there’s nothing of significance happening in the sports world, they can be almost tomb like. I’ve experienced both ends of the spectrum when visiting Underdogs Sports Bar on Portage Avenue.

Underdogs sign

I don’t think it’s fair to compare the two groups. After all one group is incredibly childish, and the other is simply under the legal drinking age.

Underdogs in the Afternoon

My first visit to Underdogs came after I had been at a clergy gathering at St. Andrew’s Woodhaven. I wandered down Portage Avenue afterwards trying to decide where I wanted to stop for supper. I passed by a few options, a couple of which were closed and ended up at Underdogs. I knew I wouldn’t have to wait long for my meal, because there were only about four other people in a space that holds a couple of hundred. (kinda of like some Anglican Churches on a Sunday morning). Continue reading

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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. ┬áIt’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

Nou Eul Tor – Korean Restaurant


I’m not really a make a reservation type of person. I tend to show up and hope that I’ll find myself a seat. Sometimes this works out well, and sometimes it means I have to go visit a restaurant a few times before I complete two visits. Still other times, it leads me to trying places I wasn’t expecting to try, One such reason place is Nou Eul Tor, a Korean Restaurant on Sargent Avenue.

I’ve actually walked past this restaurant on several occasions, but there has always been something about it that made me hesitate to enter. However, the other night, the Emerald Palace told me there would be a 45 minute to one hour wait before I would get a seat and my order taken, so I decided I would head a little farther west on Sargent. Nou Eul Tor was the first restaurant I came across. I saw from their posted hours that they would be open long enough to enjoy a meal so I headed on in.

Nou Dul Tor Kimchi

Kimchi from Nou Eul Tor.

The main body of the restaurant is long and narrow, with most of the tables against one wall, and a few on the kitchen side. There is also a room with a table for a larger group. The tables are dark wood and brown and white are the other dominant colours, giving the place a rather subdued feel. Continue reading

Melt”wich” Food Co – CityPlace


About a week and a half ago I wrote about build your own pizzas. Today I’m writing about Melt”wich” Food Co, which could best be described as build your own grilled cheese sandwich. It appears that the Subway model is taking over the food courts of the world. Perhaps it’s a nefarious ploy to get us to eat more vegetables. Whatever the reason I think a trend is emerging.

Melt"wich" grilled cheese

Basic Melt”wich” grilled cheese with all the toppings.

Melt”wich” Lunch:

My first visit was the day after the place opened. It was clear that the staff will need more time and training before the place begins to run smoothly. I asked what a combo was and if there was a combo deal was. None of the people working knew, and there was no manager around to ask. Continue reading

Pony Corral – Downtown


Prior to it’s being remodeled just after the Jets arrived back in town, the Pony Corral location on St. Mary Avenue was a place I visited with relative frequency. I’ve only been once in the time since, but decided recently that I would give it another try.

One of the things that struck me a couple of years back was the quality of the interior redesign. The dark browns of the booth in the bar seem to offset well the lights from all the of the TVs. At the same time the dining room, while open still allows for a feeling of intimacy.

Pony Corral Beer

I always like seeing local beverage choices at the bar.

Before the remodel my main meal at The Pony Corral was breakfast. I always enjoyed the choices and the large portions. This time around, I went for supper meals on both of my visits.

Pony Corral Pre-Super Bowl

My first visit to Pony Corral was late afternoon Super Bowl Sunday. It was still a couple of hours or so before kick-off and so the restaurant was essentially empty. I ended up being seated in the bar with plenty of televisions to watch the talking heads pontificate. Continue reading