Looking for good food at a good price in southern Winnipeg
I'm a native Winnipeger, but just recently started to go out for dinner on a regular basis (Haven't really gone out for dinner since I was a child and we just hit the chain restaurants.)
Looking for recommendations specific to the Polo Park/River Heights/Corydon and Kenaston/McGillvray/Linden Woods areas of the city - and also, for restaurants which will provide a dinner, including dessert or appetizer, but not including drinks, for under $30. Location and price is perhaps a little more important then uniqueness at this point, at the same time, don't want to be eating at McDonalds!
Have recently been to Mongo's Grill and the italian restaurant in the same mall, as well as a number of more standard chain restaurants like Olive Garden - another thing I should mention is that my dinning partner is not a big fan of highly spiced food.
Hmmmm.....well......where to start.....
Welcome to a whole new world of eating out........consider it to be like travelling around the world, but cheaper.
First - in terms of budget, you don't have much to worry about. Unless you go to a fine dining restaurant, which Winnipeg does not have large numbers of, you don't have to worry about exceeding $30 per person. Hit the right places, and you can do it for half that if you want to.
The areas you've mentioned are ones I've found (arguably) to be void of interesting restaurants.
Certainly the area around McGilvary and Route 90 is full of big box style restaurants like Moxies. A good selection of food, but for me at least, nothing worth paying for.
If I were you, I'd focus on smaller independent places.
The Falafel Place on Corydon, Baraka Bakery on North Main (for my money the best place in Winnipeg), Pollo Vollante at the corner of Main and St. Mary Ave downtown, Modern on Portage (Ethiopian food....delicious),
Any of the Stella's locations would be perfect for you (and there's one at the corner of Route 90 and Grant)......excellent food, good selection, and a fun, casual place.
You should also explore the world of Sushi......it's incredible. Going with Sushi-loving friends the first time would be advisable to help guide you through.
Kawaii Crepe in Osborne Village is also a lot of fun for an inexpensive, light dinner and dessert.
Also, if you want to venture into Asian cuisine, without the heat of Thai food, or the blandness of Chinese, try Vietnamese food......excellent flavor without a lot of spice.....super cheap......and all of the Viet places I've tried in town, and I've tried most of them, are all very good.
If you like Italian food, head to Monticchio on Osborne.....outstanding food.
The list of good places in Winnipeg is endless.