Gus & Tony’s at the Park

Winnipeg’s food scene is blowing up right now. Restaurants are opening left and right, and this could only mean one thing….more clubhouses. After Park Tower restaurant closed down at 2015 Portage Ave., Gus and Tony eagerly jumped on the opportunity to open a restaurant in the newly vacant space. After three months of renos, Gus & Tony’s at the Park opened.

G&T’s is some sort of fusion of Greek/American food, and let me tell ya- they do it right! Gus used to own Daly Burger, so you can be sure the burgers are ON POINT. And frequent travel to Greece for these two make the Greek side of things ALSO ON POINT.

Truthfully, I didn’t expect this club to be too exciting, but boy was I wrong. The club was in fact a monster, and actually on the verge of being too big. Where they really got me was the seasoned grilled chicken. That is rare in the Winnipeg club scene. But like the saying goes, high risk high reward – and they nailed it. Choice of bread, fresh produce, and tantalizing bacon make this club a winner. Oh and the right amount of mayo too. But be warned, if you have a small mouth you might be at a disadvantage while taking down this club.

Fun decor, friendly service, and most importantly great food make Gus & Tony’s an instant hit. On a side note, the place was packed on one of the coldest days of the year, and everyone looked to be enjoying themselves.

The menu can be seen on their Facebook page. And you can buy the photos hung on the restaurant walls off their website. Sure, why not.

Recommendation: Park the car at Ass park, walk across the bridge, and enjoy some wonderful food.

Rating: 7/10

Price: $6.75 + tax for just the sammy

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Maxime’s

This was my first time to Maxime’s, and to tell you the truth it was never even on my radar. But when I found out they had a club, it was only a matter of time before I ventured to St. Vital. Maxime’s is classified as a fine dining establishment, and the first thing that popped into my head was that it is the R&J of the south (St. Vital.) The second thing that popped into my head was that the parking at Maxime’s is great; a nice big lot right beside the restaurant. Too many times I have had to circle streets/lots to satisfy my clubbing needs, but Maxime’s took care of that.

The restaurant surprised me and was extremely clean, semi-modern, and semi-fancy. There is a lounge that is well lit on the south side, and a fancy area to the north. When I took a stroll around I was pretty impressed by the decor and arrangement of the restaurant. The dining room made me feel like I was about to have lunch with the Governor General.

Maxime’s has been around for 28 years so they must be doing something right, unfortunate it’s not the club. Now it wasn’t bad by all means, it was actually quite tasty. But something just didn’t quite click and the interest wore off after the first few bites. I will give it up to Maxime’s though, because their menu says the club has cucumber lime mayonnaise on it. This sounded amazing, and I have never seen it on a club before. I don’t know if they were running low it it that day, but I could barely taste it – too bad. The next note I have to make on the Maxime’s grilled chicken club is to do with the bread situation. Maxime’s goes above and beyond to slam this club into a panini loaf. Well, That didn’t pay off either because it was just weird. The menu says it comes toasted but mine was like a piece of rubber.

Even though the club was a touch off base, I enjoyed myself at Maxime’s. It was clean and had great service, which is probably why their target demographic keeps coming back. I don’t think I fit into their target demo – but hey, I might be back!

Price: $11.99

Rating: 5/10

http://www.maximesrestaurant.ca/

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The Don Restaurant

For some reason I always hear peeps talking about The Don. It always seemed like a nice place and I’ve always had the urge to check it out. Well, I finally got the chance to fulfill that dream and let me tell you, It was a bust.

Nuzzled in the corner of Broadway and Donald sits The Don – your typical greasy spoon breakfast joint. The first thing you’ll notice when you walk in is the revolting decor. The bright yellow walls, weird 2 person booths, and number plaques beside the tables didn’t really get me in the mood for clubbin.

The menu seemed to have ‘something for everyone,’ from cereal to a seafood omelet to crack and hash – whatever that is. They also offer 2 different clubhouse sandos, which makes me think I blew it by choosing the clubhouse over the grilled turkey club.

When this triple decker club came out the first thing I noticed was the processed meat and a miniscule amount of lettuce and bacon. This is a club I could make at home, and that is not what I’m looking for on this journey. One thing that really blew my mind was you could add cheese for an extra $1.25. Really!?

All in all this club and The Don is forgettable. I really had high expectations for this place, and it unfortunately didn’t live up to the hype. Maybe I just had the wrong meal and shoulda stuck to a classic breaky.

I think one day I’ll go back and try the grilled turkey club. But until then, The Don needs a serious facelift. If you are interested in checking this place out, just know that they are only open till 3:30 p.m.!

Price: $9.95 for the sammy and a side

Rating: 3/10

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