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Hot Eats in The ‘Peg


Star Grill


2069 Portage Ave.


The Star Grill has a resident tarot card reader. Brunch is an exciting mix of Asian influenced, eclectic fare that outclasses the usual bacon and egg joints.


Tucked away, unassumingly, across from the pedestrian bridge to Assiniboine Park on Portage Avenue, close to the second hand book store and down the street from Sargent Sundae’s ice cream parlour, is one of Winnipeg’s best kept restaurant secrets. Te Star Grill never disappoints. Te food is always creative and delicious, a clever fusion of


Canadian, Continental and Asian. Te decor is just as inven- tive; simple touches such as white organdy curtains separating tables and white linen instill an atmosphere of hominess. Cosy booths line one side of the tiny restaurant while the other side holds tables for two and four. Tere is one table that will seat six or eight. Tis restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Tere is patio seating outside for those lovely sunny days that fill the hearts of Winnipeggers with joy. Te lunch menu is varied and a daily special is offered, but the Heaven Burger is so good, with its mushrooms, artichokes, spicy eggplant and roasted red peppers, that it is hard to break away from habit and order something else. (Te vegetarian substitute is just as good, and there are several wraps and sandwiches). Te restaurant has a way with pastas that will create lasting memories for pasta lovers. It’s hard to choose between Curried Penne with fresh pineapple, sliced apples, sweet pepper, and roasted peanuts or the Lemon Caper Seafood Linguini. Te Lemon Pepper Calamari is a to-die-for appetizer and don’t miss the Coconut Encrusted Mango Shrimp.


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Te Star Grill is also well-known for its delicious desserts, baked on site and temptingly on view in a display case up front. Tey will custom-make desserts for takeaway with two days’ notice. Try the mile high lemon pie. Shirley Vlassie is the well-loved inspiration behind the Star


Grill. Her staff has been with her for decades (she has owned other establishments before the Star Grill). Tat they care is evident in the warmth of the atmosphere and in the friendly service. Everybody who is anybody eventually shows up at the Star Grill and Shirley has served all sorts of celebrities and even royalty: she catered for Prince Charles. It’s a small restaurant – only 12 tables – so best make a res- ervation. You’ll be thrilled that you did.


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