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Did you know that Manitoba has the distinction of having more restaurants per capita than any other place in North America? What is more noteworthy is that many of these restaurants serve authentic international cuisine and are owned and operated by immigrants (Manitoba.ca).

As Canada’s most multicultural province, Manitoba is home to newcomers from more than 150 countries, with around 100 languages spoken here. Because of this, it is really no surprise that aside from finding mainstream cuisine such as French, Chinese, Italian, Mexican, and Indian, you will also find authentic Polish, Greek, Filipino, Vietnamese, and African food served in restaurants. Aside from these, there are ethnic food stores and groceries where you can buy ingredients for your favorite native dishes, with some even serving cooked food, ready for you to take home.

So whether you decide to dine out or cook your favorite dish yourself, here are a few ethnic restaurants and specialty food stores around Manitoba that you may be interested to check out:

Restaurants

Asia, Europe, and South America are represented in this list. We are sure that there are more fantastic ethnic restaurants out there, but you can start with your discovery here:

Carnaval – authentic Brazillian Barbeque. Waterfront Drive, Winnipeg
Clay Oven – Middle Eastern/Indian/Pakistani food. Inkster Blvd., Winnipeg
Irori Barbeque House – Korean barbeque. Steinbach
Jeepney Restaurant – Filipino cuisine. Sargent Ave., Winnipeg
Kabob Palace – Persian/Iranian cuisine. Notre Dame Ave., Winnipeg
Luda’s – Ukrainian food. Aberdeen Ave., Winnipeg
Massawa Restaurant– Ethiopian food. Osborne St., Winnipeg
Ninho de Portugal – Portuguese food. Sherbrook St., Winnipeg
Over the Coals – Greek food. Saskatchewan Ave., Portage la Prairie
Pho Kim Tuong – Asian food. Ellice Avenue, Winnipeg
Ralph’s German Restaurant & Café – German-European cuisine, Winkler
Restaurante dos Banderas – Belizean food. Morden
Simon’s Cuisine – Argentinean food. St. Mary’s Road, Winnipeg
Segovia Tapas Bar & Restaurant – Spanish cuisine. Stradbrook Ave., Winnipeg
The Chilli Chutney – East Indian cuisine. Brandon

Ethnic foodstores:

Need the leaves for your Feuilles de manioc? Or banana blossoms for your Paksiw? Here are a few specialty food stores you may wish to explore:

African Foods General Wholesale – foods from Ghana, Nigeria, Congo, etc. Notre Dame Ave., Winnipeg
African Foodways Market – grocery items such as traditional African food and ingredients (as well as dry goods such as clothing and beauty products). 282 St. Anne’s Road, Winnipeg.
Arabelle’s Bakery – specializes in African breads and pastries. Also offers catering for special occasions. 1284 Archibald St., Winnipeg
Balkan Foods – foods from Poland, Greece, Bosnia, Italy. Stadacona St., Winnipeg
Brandon Hispano International Foods and Bakery – Carribean gourmet and Mexican food. Rosser Ave., Brandon
Dino’s Grocery Mart – food from all over the world, especially Asian and West Indies. Notre Dame Ave., Winnipeg
El Izalco Market – Central American food. Sargent Ave., Winnipeg
Karla’s International Foods – an assortment of international food. Rosser Ave., Brandon
Living Delight – International food market (Asian, Latin American and African). 9th St., Brandon
Taste of Europe – products from Russia, Ukraine, Lithuania, Poland and Israel. Main St., Winnipeg
The Real Canadian Superstore – this is a pretty mainstream grocery store, but they do have stocks of a wide variety of specialty foods.
Young’s Market – Asian food. Mc Phillips St., Winnipeg

These lists are for information purposes only. English Online Inc. does not promote, endorse or have any affiliation with any of these restaurants or stores.

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Community Resources

Food Matters Manitoba published a grocery guide: Where to buy newcomer traditional foods in Winnipeg. It contains more than 70 stores, some recipes, as well as a map to find the stores. You can download it from the link or get a copy from Food Matters Manitoba or your nearest Immigrant Serving Organization (call first to ensure availability).

The University of Manitoba International Centre for Students has compiled a list of Specialty Food Stores in Winnipeg (from which some from the list above are taken).

Read St. Vital businesses offer “taste of home” to growing African community by Nadia Kidwai, CBC News Manitoba.

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