Those food trucks that come out like an army of toilet paper salesmen are bad news. Some are better than others as far as gastric pleasantness, but most use cheap ingredients and are way over priced for what they are. And if in doubt where these vendors save the bucks, see this past DSC News article for some insider info.
East Indian food is a delight…when done right. I will even acquiesce that even the crappy East Indian is still very palatable, but for the price, you must be cautious. With no shame in outing the crap, avoid IVORY(Review HERE) and Dhoom (Review HERE).
Clay Oven, Samosa Hut in CityPlace and Chef Express in Portage Place are cheaper fast foodish alternatives. East India Company on York has the awesome décor and the wide selection of well made food that checks every Indian restaurant box. The best you can get in Downtown Winnipeg with a wide assortment of desserts as well. Pricey…but make it a special night out.
Support local. What is local? You ask…the eateries that are not multi-national cattle chutes. Café 22 is franchise…BP’s(Review HERE), while adequate, is franchise (born in stinking, yet enduring Edmonton).
Some local eats include the always pleasant wraps from the Fyxx on Broadway. The Yellow Dog(Review HERE) has good pub eats, if the actual established leaves some cool air to be desired in summer. Shawarma Khan’s is stellar. Located in the exchange, this is a great local joint that breathed life into the staunch, pretentious eats scene of the exchange. Other local eateries include Thida’s Thai on Broadway, The Don (Review HERE) for sufficient breakie and as far as sushi, Samurai Sushi across from the MTS centre is good stuff, albeit pricey as sushi tends to be.
Bottom line, support local to enjoy unique eats and to generally support your neighbours. If you don’t, we will be inundated with the Mc’s and Earls of the world…the places that think of you as fatso’s with money.
Enjoy the downtown eats and venture to all Downtown Winnipeg has to offer.