Eating, Drinking, and Supporting Local From Home

While we’re feeling grateful to have the privilege of working from home during these unusual circumstances, we’re also missing the good old days of coming into our office and popping out to lunch at one of the many unique local restaurants and cafés in the Exchange District.

With small businesses taking a hit from severely reduced foot-traffic these last couple of months (shout out to everyone able to stay home to help flatten the curve), we felt that now would be a good time to share a list of our favourite neighbourhood eateries and the ways you can support them from a safe social distance. Delicious food (that you didn’t have to cook) and knowing that you’re actively supporting local businesses? It’s a win-win!

Deer + Almond  – 85 McDermot Avenue

We’re extremely lucky to be situated right across the street from Deer + Almond. It’s a delightful little spot for a selection of inventive tapas that combine local and global cuisine. While we certainly miss catching up with friends after work over their delicious cocktails and shareable plates, we’re glad they’re offering a special menu for pick up orders!

Photo by @biteofwpg via Deer + Almond

Bodegoes – 211 Bannatyne Ave #102

This flavourful fast-casual restaurant in Old Market Square offers everything from noodle boxes and burritos to flatbreads and salads. Aside from doing pick-up orders and delivery through Skip the Dishes and DoorDash, Bodegoes is also offering a new grocery pick-up and delivery service. You’re now able to purchase affordable produce, pantry items, and frozen food items along with a selection of their house-made signature sauces. Bonus – you’ll get free delivery on grocery orders over $50.

Photo by Bodegoes

Shawarma Khan – 255 McDermot Avenue

This Middle-Eastern joint is a popular Exchange District eatery known for their delicious shawarma options and friendly staff. While Shawarma Khan‘s McDermot Avenue location is closed for the time being, their Pembina location is still open for curb-side pick-up orders, and they’re also offering free delivery through Skip the Dishes and DoorDash.

Chosabi – 100 King Street

Known for their fast, fresh, and casual take on Asian cuisine, Chosabi is the go-to spot for sushi burritos, poke bowls, and ramen. The King St. location that we usually frequent is still open for pick-ups, and they’re also available for delivery through Skip the Dishes.

The Merchant Kitchen – 314 Donald Street

Feel like having some elevated street food, and maybe a drink to go along with it? Although The Merchant Kitchen isn’t technically in the Exchange (it’s a 10minute walk away from our office) it’s one of our favourite spots for to-die-for fried rice and tacos. They currently offer pick-up and delivery orders from their food AND drinks menu. Cheers!

Vicky’s Diner – 58 Albert Street

Craving the homemade taste of classic burgers and fries? Vicky’s Diner on Albert Street has what you’re looking for, and they’ve also got hot dogs, pita wraps, and all the fried sides you can dream of. Currently, they’re offering pick-up orders and delivery through Skip the Dishes, Uber Eats, and DoorDash.

Photo by Daezerae Gil for Vicky’s Diner

Parlour Coffee – 468 Main Street

Featuring some of the best coffee in the Peg, Parlour Coffee on Main Street is the perfect quick walk from our office for a morning cuppa – or afternoon break! While their café is closed for the meantime, coffee connoisseurs can still get their fix by ordering imported specialty beans online, with free local delivery on orders over $25. Additionally, Parlour will be starting daily curbside pickups sometime in May, so keep an eye out for that on their social media.

Photo by Janine Kropla for Parlour Coffee

Forth – 171 McDermot Avenue

Another Fusion favourite for coffee, we also enjoy visiting Forth for the change in scenery. Their ample space is great for curing creative blocks, while their extensive menu has something for everyone. Thankfully, they’re now offering delivery for coffees, cocktails, and at-home kits on Fridays, with an order cut-off date of Wednesday at 11 pm. They just gave TGIF a whole new meaning!

Photo via Forth

Little Brown Jug – 336 William Avenue

Not that it’s patio season yet, but we’re already yearning for warm Friday afternoons spent at Little Brown Jug’s shop front for a cold bottle of beer. Luckily, they’re offering delivery in Winnipeg, so you can sip on their signature craft beers from the comfort of your own home.

Photo via Little Brown Jug