Cafe Lemon Tree – St. Mary’s Road

I happened upon Cafe Lemon Tree more by chance than design. Visiting a parishioner in the area I took a look around the strip mall as I waited for a bus. Cafe Lemon Tree looked intriguing so I made a note to visit the next time I was out that way.

One of the first things you notice when you enter is the large collection of tea pots. They are stacked on wood shelves in behind and around the counter. It reminds me of a somewhat subdued version of Dwarf No Cachette.  Another thing you notice is that there are novelty salt and pepper shakers on each table. On my first visit my shakers were a little disturbing as you can see in the picture below.

Cafe Lemon Tree salt and Pepper

On my first visit to Cafe Lemon Tree. A pig cooking up bacon, salt and pepper set. Just a little creepy.

Cafe Lemon Tree Breakfast

My first visit was early afternoon. I noticed that brunch is available. On this visit I decided on the cheapest option. I’m not quite sure why scrambled eggs are a dollar more, but decide they’re not worth the extra cost. The meal arrives with a good portion of hash browns, two eggs over medium and crispy bacon.  Continue reading

Immanuel United Fall Supper

Two weekends ago I visited the Holy Eucharist Fall Supper. This past weekend there was quite a few to choose from. It was also Synod weekend for our diocese. So, I wanted to find a dinner that I could get to easily. In the end I decided my best bet was the Immanuel  United Fall Supper. Immanuel United is located on Golspie on the corner of Kimberley. This is just a block down from my old work stomping grounds at Watt Street Family Foods. 

Immanuel supper sign.

The sign out front of Immanuel United, advertising the fall supper.

Immanuel Fall Supper Service

I phoned in advance to get a ticket put aside. I expected to receive a ticket, but was given a number card instead. This turns out to be one of the unique features of the supper. The service is on a rolling basis. Continue reading

Johnny Gs – East Exchange

I didn’t get to much of the Fringe Festival this year, but I was there enough to look for new places to eat. One of the places I chose was Johnny Gs (apostrophe removed for SEO reasons). I had visited there many years ago. However it was so long ago, I don’t really remember anything about it. I do seem to recall the portions being large.

Johnny Gs menu

The Menu at Johnny Gs. There’s a large selection available.

There are two entrances to Johnny Gs. One will take to Wee Johnny’s pub in the basement. The other will take you into the restaurant/lounge space upstairs. I went with the upstairs both times. The restaurant manages to be both open and intimate at the same time. I like this, especially when dining alone. Service is quick and prompt.

Fringe Visit:

My first visit came during the Fringe Festival. With all that is going on, I’m always looking for someplace that can get me in and out quite quickly. Despite the restaurant being somewhat full I received good, quick service. Continue reading

Holy Eucharist Fall Supper

Despite diligently listing as many Winnipeg Fall Suppers as I can, I hadn’t attended any of them until yesterday. However I finally managed to enjoy one yesterday afternoon. I traveled up to the Holy Eucharist Fall Supper on Monroe at Watt Street. This is the second fall supper that Holy Eucharist hosts. Each year they also host a Fish Fry in September. I really enjoyed the Fish Fry last year, and so I figured the fall supper should be really good as well.

Holy Eucharist Fall Supper table centerpiece.

Table Centerpiece from the Holy Eucharist Fall Supper.

Welcoming at the Holy Eucharist Fall Supper

The Holy Eucharist Hall is quite large. After paying for and picking up my ticket I went in to find a place to sit. While I was wandering around, I noticed that several of the tables featured reserved signs. Continue reading

Chicken Delight – Cajun Ribs Update

When I originally wrote this post on Chicken Delight I wrote about how the Cajun Ribs were simply plain ribs with a package of hot sauce. My original comments are below, for context. If you go to the comments below you will see that Chicken Delight got in touch with me in order to make things right. They do offer an actual Cajun Ribs (pictured below).

Once I received the coupon I decided I should give the ribs a second try as soon as possible. This meant I went to a different location. This one is on Ellice Avenue not far from where I live. Clearly the message had been past on to all locations as I received a genuine Cajun Rib order. The Cajun seasoning is on the sweet rather than the spicy side of things, but it has good flavour. In addition it adds a nice crunch to ribs when you bite into them. This is a dry rib I would definitely order more than once. 

Thank you Chicken Delight in reaching out to me. Thank you also for being proactive in making sure your franchises are all on the same page. I hope the Cajun Ribs stay on the menu for quite a while.

Chicken Delight Cajun Ribs

The real Cajun Ribs from Chicken Delight

Every so often, there are  meetings to attend at the Diocesan offices just off Pembina Highway. Sometimes these occur over the lunch hour and are bring your own lunch affairs. Subway is a fairly typical stop on these occasions as it’s close and real quick. The other day, I managed to allow myself a little more time and stopped at the Chicken Delight on Pembina just south of McGillivray.

This is also an area where I lived before entering into the priesthood. Now, when it comes to fried chicken, I prefer Chicken Delight over KFC. I also prefer Chicken Chef to KFC. To be honest, I would probably prefer raw chicken in uncooked bread crumbs over KFC. The best fried chicken I ate in Winnipeg was at Percy Hayne’s chicken shack. I only ate there once, but it was fantastic. The chicken at Johnny’s on Marion isn’t to that level, but it’s enjoyable and your three pieces are three large pieces.

Chicken Delight Chicken

Three piece chicken from Chicken Delight.

On my first time I chose a three piece chicken and fries. Continue reading

Shannon’s Irish Pub – Carlton Street.

Earlier this year I took in the Downtown Biz Tap in Tour. One of the locations on the tour is Shannon’s Irish Pub and Eatery. Shannon’s is a place I’ve dropped into in the past, and this tour made me think I should visit again.

Shannon's beer choices.

There is always a good selection of beer on tap at Shannon’s

One dish that I didn’t try on my last couple of visits, but is my favourite, is Shannon’s Irish Stew. It comes with a good mixture of meat, vegetables, and potatoes, and plentiful, rich gravy. Continue reading