The Exchange District is home to Chef Mandel Hitzer's stylish restaurant Deer + Almond, serving contemporary renditions of shared and small plates. Inventive cocktails feature on the drinks list, alongside some pale ale brews and lagers. Each dish is divinely plated and impeccably served. The day menu is a blend of classics as well as imaginative specials, such as the Tuna Carpaccio with Alabama white sauce, Papaya & Pork and the Yellowfin Tuna Sandwich with olive tapenade. At night, dishes such as Risotto with mustard greens and manchego, and Blackened Striploin with kaffir lime and coconut broth emerge on the menu. While this eatery invites plenty of natural light during the day, it transforms into a suave spot come night.
This stellar dining destination overlooks the Assiniboine River, from its Wellington Crescent location. Refined and elegant in every way, 529 Wellington features ravishing interiors and an unforgettable upscale ambiance. Housed within a charming historic building, 529 Wellington beckons you with its opulent decor that's highlighted by scintillating chandeliers and regal, plush furnishings. Just as impressive as its dining area, the steakhouse specialist offers stellar steaks that are made using only the best locally-sourced meats and ingredients. But that's not all they have, 529 Wellington is also quite famous for its twitchingly-fresh seafood specials. Needless to say, the award-winning restaurant makes for a grand dine, one that you wont be forgetting any time soon. As such, 529 Wellington is well-suited for special occasions - bring someone you want to impress!
Rumor has it that this place is one of the best in the city when it comes to guffaws, giggles and ROTFL specials. With funny names such as Jerry Seinfield, Chris Rock, Sugar Sammy and Greg Proops being among the many who have all bared all on this stage, Rumor's Restaurant & Comedy Club guarantees a great night, every night. And for those with the unique ability to bite between punchlines, the club offers hearty meals of steak, sandwiches and platters finished off with ale and cocktails.
Smith is a culinary destination located inside the Inn at the Forks-Hotel. This fine restaurant takes pride in their creative menu which includes Canadian classics in addition to a few global favorites. Many head to the Smith for a hearty breakfast of Buttermilk Pancakes, Eggs Florentine and their signature egg dishes as soon as they open. Many also prefer Smith for a lunch detour; dishes like chicken pot pie, club wrap and their NY steak are their choices. Meat lovers simply cannot miss Smith's Canadian Prime Beef, rack of lamb and Braised beef chuck flat. Drinks menu is at par with its food counterpart, with the cocktails being a highlight, and the beers and wines offering good company.
Fusion Grill offers some of the freshest ingredients in the city largely because they specialize in cuisine that employs local produce and products. This does not mean the menu is limited - local, national and international delicacies are on offer in this space. The young professionals who frequent this establishment seem to enjoy the Grilled Porkloin Chop with maple caramelized onions and black plum glaze or the Fresh Potato Crusted Pickerel Fillets. The decor is comfortable and the service is friendly and knowledgeable.
Mercadito Latino is the place to come to for all things Mexican and Latin American. A shop and restaurant rolled into one, this establishment offers both authentic Mexican dishes as well as produce and packaged food products from Latin America. In fact, this supermarket has one of the most varied collection of Latin food products in the entire city. Each dish prepared in the restaurant section is made according to old family recipes and retain a home-cooked, authentic Mexican taste. Tacos de Pollo, Pupusas, Quesadilla de Pollo and Flans are some of the dishes which are popular with diners here. If you wish to learn a new language, you can also sign up for the Spanish classes which are held here from time to time.
Pasquale's Restaurant is a unique restaurant, considering where it is located. Found in the middle of the French Quarter, Pasquale's Restaurant offers surprisingly good Italian fare. Possibly the best item on the menu is the Italian stuffed peppers which are grilled to perfection. The decor is comfortable with a home-style feel and the service is friendly in a discreet manner. Located close to the Forks and the downtown core, Pasquale's is enough off the beaten track where the hustle and bustle of city can be forgotten and a relaxed dining experience can be had.
Located in a old-world carriage house, Pineridge Hollow is a local souvenir shop, a furniture store and a restaurant all rolled into one. The restaurant serves an array of delicious specialties which reflect the influence of the Prairie cuisine. Using locally sourced produce, the kitchen at Pineridge Hollow offers delicacies like Fig and Pear Flatbread, Pan Seared Pickerel and Mushroom Pasta. A number of teas, coffees, juices, cocktails and beers are available to sip along with your meal as well as a well-selected list of wines. Once you are done with your meal, you can browse the furniture and gift-shop section for beautifully crafted local handicrafts and furniture.