In 1964, brothers Leroy and Forrest Raffel banded together to come up with a new restaurant concept. Arby's took off almost immediately on the coattails of its hallmark roast-beef sandwich and the founders’ idea of providing customers with fast, quality food. Over the company's 48-year franchise history, its foundational pièce de résistance of thinly sliced, juicy beef has been served in a many permutations, and continues to be popular today, served at more than 3,500 stores in North America. Today’s menu still ignites appetites with traditional beef sandwiches, plus hot and seasoned curly fries, fresh-chopped salads, and desserts good for richly capping off meals or bribing any bridge trolls on the way home.
The Original Pancake House has been serving up homey, scratch-made breakfasts since 1958, when entrepreneur Wally Guberman opened the original location on Pembina Highway. Today, three locations of the Winnipeg institution serve up an expanded menu of more than 40 types of pancakes, crepes, waffles, and french toast, as well as lunch fare such as burgers and soups. Specialties include an enormous oven-baked apple pancake, whose cinnamon-sugar glaze always gets all over the chins of local giants. Guests can wash down their meals with steaming mugs of The Original Pancake House's signature special-blend coffee.
Inside a dining room painted with the bright blue and white of Greece’s flag, Olympia Diner's servers whisk plates of tender marinated lamb, feta-stuffed chicken breast, and prime rib to awaiting diners. During lunch, guests wrap their mitts around American-style bacon cheeseburgers or divvy up Greek-influenced pizzas topped with black olives, tomato, and feta. For dinner, they can warm up their palates with a giant, crisp Greek salad, before freeing morsels of grilled seafood and vegetables from kebob skewers, only to dash their hopes by immediately eating them.
Daly Burgers flips a menu of layered lusciousness in the form of 100 per cent pure-beef patties, fresh toppings, and generous portions. Deluxe cheeseburgers are crowned with double-thick slices of Canadian cheese, veggies, and family-recipe chili ($5.25) in a culmination of edible regalia less cumbersome than a jewel-encrusted swedish meatball. Pitas hug beef, lamb, or chicken in cuddly gyros ($6.25), and buns provide hot-dog canoes a safe spot to dock ($3.45). Complement cravings with an order of fresh-cut fries ($2.95–$3.55) or onion rings fashioned from real onions ($3.65), and polish off any remaining hunger molecules with a Flavour Burst ice-cream cone ($2.49–$2.99). A full menu of breakfast offerings, including breakfast sandwiches ($3.49) and endless coffee refills ($1.79), enhances eyelid opening without the use of a lever.
The White Tower Restaurant is named after the storied White Tower of Thessaloniki, a sturdy monument constructed by the Ottomans in order to guard their city's harbour. In a similar fashion, the chefs at White Tower surround their menu's precious entrees and pita sandwiches with bastions of house-cut lemon roasted potatoes and saucers of greek salad. The Mediterranean menu includes plates of Manitoba pickerel, Angus new york strip steak, lamb chops, and souvlaki with skewered grilled chicken, lamb, or prawns.
The restaurant's casual interior makes its diners feel comfortable with a warm palette of saffron walls and burgundy-tinged wood. In the back, a piano sits in front of a mirrored wall, and fairy lights dangle over the well-stocked bar. Vivid cerulean-infused paintings match the cloud-like motif along the ceiling, and a stone-patterned wallpaper evokes White Tower's namesake while testing the self-restraint of graffiti artists.
Scot McTaggart is the recipient of Cuisine Canada's Edna Award for his "lifetime achievement in the Canadian culinary landscape." Foremost among his achievements is Fusion Grill, a restaurant named one of Canada's 10 best dining spots by the national newspaper Globe and Mail. Chef Lorna Murdoch works with McTaggart to transform fresh fish, local grass-fed beef, organic vegetables, and wild game into a creative and sumptuous menu. Everything is made in-house and from scratch including the mayonnaise, corned beef and decadently delicious desserts. Pairings from a Cuvee Award–winning all-Canadian wine list enhance flavours with over 20 labels served by the glass, while the swanky ambiance is accented by the creations of local artists that adourn the walls, echoing the spot's locavore philosophy.