|The Winnipeg franchise of Smoke's Poutinerie, a small location in the Exchange District.|
First opened in Toronto, Smoke's Poutinerie now brings the now famed Québec dish up a notch across the country. Québec, the birthplace of poutine, has been a hotbed of creative variation to the fast food dish of fries topped with cheese curds and gravy. Known variations from la belle province include but are certainly not limited to breakfast poutine (bacon and eggs), smoked meat poutine, lobster poutine and even foie gras poutine. Smoke's menu selection of approximately 20 variations is nothing to sneeze at either, which put me in a momentarily indecisive situation when ordering at the counter.
|Smoke's Pulled Pork Poutine.|
Name: Smoke's Poutinerie
Address: 131 Albert St., Winnipeg, MB
Cuisine: Canadian; Fast Food
Price Range: $6-$15
|The Qualico Family Centre in Assiniboine Park, home of the new The Park Café.|
During a recent walk at Assiniboine Park under a warmer-than-seasonal sunny Saturday, I had noticed a change to the duck pond, including its reconstruction, the construction of a new building called the Qualico Family Centre and the advertisement of the new The Park Café in that building. Open for breakfast and lunch only, The Park Café is definitely a more laid-back and affordable alternative to the until-then only other on-site dining choice in the park, Terrace Fifty-Five (which admittedly I've yet to try). When the building is not in use for meetings, functions or events, the café is certainly a convenient spot in the park to either enjoy a light meal with a view of the duck pond, or, during the winter, to pop by to warm up for some hot chocolate or relaxing in the Fireplace Lounge after skating on the duck pond.
|The Park Café's Grilled Salmon Club Wrap with sweet potato fries. The basil pesto aioli for the fries arrived after I took this photograph.|
Name: The Park Café
Address: 330 Assiniboine Park Dr., Winnipeg, MB
Price Range: $5-$30