The food is homemade from scratch, the prices are good, the service is super-friendly and the portions are borderline massive.
—Mike Green, CBC Food Dude
Everyone loves their children but there are times, like travelling on an airplane or eating in a restaurant, when you just wish that their presence was a bit more encouraged.
While we can't help you with air travel -- that poor fellow in seat 16C is just going to have to accept that his seat will be kicked by little feet all the way to Toronto -- we can certainly guide you to the best eateries Winnipeg has to offer for your little ones.
Whether it be dining with your little bundles of joy on a budget, or helping them expand their tiny taste buds to become budding gourmands (okay, that's a stretch), SCENE has you covered with this list of five spots to feed your tots.
Dim Sum at Kum Koon Garden
Would your kid go for dim sum at Kum Koon Garden? Only one way to find out. (Kai Chan Vong)
The experience here is interactive and the plethora of staff pushing around carts of Cantonese goodness will hold your kid's attention, while everyone has the chance to cheaply order what they want.
You don't have to feel bad about the kids making a mess of the white tablecloths (even experienced dim sum-ers have been known to spill some shiny sauce) and the place is so large that a wait, even on weekends, is rare. Plus there is something nostalgic about dim sum carts that they'll cherish later in life.Oakwood Cafe
There are line-ups for a reason. The food is
homemade from scratch, the prices are good, the service is
super-friendly and the portions are borderline massive (because nothing
says a fun afternoon like a food coma).
Plus, if you register to become a
regular, owner Peter Paley will literally send you birthday card in the
mail -- he takes customer service that seriously.
Prairie Ink Restaurant at McNally Robinson
Prairie Ink Restaurant (McNally Robinson)
It's often clamorous anyway during brunch, so it's no problem if the kids get loud, and if their attention starts to wane there are lots of books in sight.
The food is quite excellent and the fact that it is local, often organic and sustainably sourced will keep concerned parents at ease (plus they are very accommodating when it comes to allergies -- or picky eaters). Falafel Place
It's a River Heights institution for a reason and the hipster staff pretty much seem to have PhDs in dealing with kids.
The inexpensive falafel and breakfast items epitomize garlicky greatness, and just by watching co-owner Emanuel (Ami) Hassan dictate over the dining room your kids can learn the most valuable lesson in restaurant etiquette: don't be a camper, when your meal is done then it's time to pay and go. Stella's Cafe
If you ask any parent in the know what their go-to spot for kids is, this venerable Winnipeg chain is bound to come up.
Stella's beauty is in how it doesn't pander to kids, and yet is constantly filled with young families. There are no kid's menus, crayons, or wacky stuff on the walls, just simple food done right.
Their locations are usually pumping so there is no concern that your gang is too loud, their service staff excels at communicating with your kids and keeping them happy, and their plates are perfect for sharing with your youngsters.
Local fish from Prairie Lakes finds its way to European plates.Customer is king at the Oakwood