The next time you’re in Winnipeg, check out Peasant Cookery. This little gem of a restaurant offers healthy, seasonal, locally sourced, made from scratch cooking in the heart of the Exchange District.
I went there with my friend Liz this summer and the food was so good, we literally canceled the rest of our evening plans to keep eating. Our first stop of the evening became the stop of the evening. Then we declined our server’s offer to call us a cab, knowing we’d need to move around a little or we’d fall into the most blissful food coma known to man. (Thankfully, the Exchange District is an easy walk from downtown Winnipeg.)
Since I always try to consume as much local beer as is reasonably possible when I travel, I started with a Bottle Rocket ISA from Phillips Brewing Company out of British Columbia. It was great, crisp and sessionable with just enough hoppy bite to keep me interested. Peasant Cookery brings in a different, off the menu craft beer on Thursdays for craft beer night if you want to be try something new every week.
Peasant Cookery also offers a deep and complex cocktail menu that contains drinks that feature everything from cigar infused bourbon, Earl Grey tea to a stellar selection of bitters. (A fan of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia also created Dayman and Night Man cocktails, which I thought was hilarious.)
We knew we wanted an appetizer, but we couldn’t decide between the highly recommended charcuterie and a dish that’s close to our hearts, poutine. Our server wisely suggested that we get a half serving of both, which was the perfect solution.
Poutine = yum
If you’ve never had poutine, let me tell you, you’re missing out. It doesn’t photograph particularly well, but it tastes amazing. You really can’t go wrong with crisp french fries, brown gravy and cheese curds. At Peasant Cookery, that gravy is made the most addictive substance on earth, bacon. When we asked locals for their favorite poutine in the city, Peasant Cookery’s decadent take on this classic Canadian comfort food consistently came out on top.
The charcuterie lived up to the hype. It features a rotating selection of homemade sausages, terrines and pâtés and a seriously delicious assortment of picked vegetables. (Which I am basically obsessed with.) I love sausage, but I’m usually kind of “meh” about pâté. (I mean, I’ll eat it, but I don’t really order it.)
But I’d order it here. We ate every single bite. If you want to try it yourself, I recommend coming out on Mondays, when charcuterie is half off.
I should have known we were in trouble when we pushed away our appetizer plates and were already full. But the life of a food blogger is full of sacrifices (just kidding) so we pushed on and kept eating for you, dear readers. (Just kidding again. Gluttony is fun sometimes. Especially when you know a long walk is awaiting you.)
My chorizo meatballs arrived on top of delicious patatas bravas (fried potatoes), topped with a tomato sauce with paprika and chill, salsa verde and aioli, a great combination. This dish was a love letter to some of my favorite flavors and I definitely recommend it.
By this point, we were completely stuffed. But that didn’t stop Liz from ordering dessert, a delectable trio of flavors including cherry sorbet, a mini cheesecake of goat cheese and adorable shortbread cookies. (She is totally my food enabler.)
We may have clapped. I think a sort of food delirium was setting in at this point. This is definitely not a bad thing.
Our walk back to the hotel (taking the super long way for good measure) probably only burned off the calories in one part of that dessert. We didn’t care.
It’s good to treat yourself when you’re on vacation. Peasant Cookery is an excellent place to start.
283 Bannatyne Avenue
Bus: Routes 1,2,3 (All free, Downtown Spirit routes), 10-26, 28-35 28-60, 64-68, 99, 137, 160-163, 170, 180-183 and several school routes.
(This is the first time I’ve ever thought that listing all of the bus routes to a destination might be overkill. This is not a bad thing. It’s kind of great, actually. Well done, Winnipeg. You can find every single bus route here. )
What about you?
What’s your favorite dish at Peasant Cookery?
What do you want to try when you’re there?
Which foods or drinks are hard for you to resist?
What other attractions do you recommend in Winnipeg?
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