Rudy’s Eat & Drink
Address: 375 Graham Ave
It’s in with the old and in with the new at Rudy’s Eat & Drink. Equal parts classic steakhouse décor—leather club chairs and wood paneling—and sleek tech touches blend to welcome patrons stepping in from the Manitoba Hydro building. In the last five years, Rudy’s has become a favourite for pre and post event noshing around the corner from the Bell MTS Place. For downtown diners, the chic hangout has also become a hopping lunch destination, perfect for people-watching.
The menu fosters camaraderie with plethora of plates for sharing. Freshly fried kettle chips served with caramelized onion dip or pita chips served with whipped goat cheese whet appetites. A nod to the restaurant’s vintage feel, the humble deli staple, the reuben, makes an appearance, here transformed into an elegant appie: mini sandwiches piled with housemade corned beef and smacking of Russian dressing. Plates pair with one of three seasonal beers or a signature Caesar featuring pickled beans and sriracha pickles.
At lunch, indulge diner food cravings with a Napoli Omelette stuffed with housemade ham, crispy cauliflower, zucchini, onions and corn, and dusted with Parmigiano Reggiano. Other options prove comfort food is not synonymous with carbs and cheese. A hearty chunk of salmon crusted with bold tapenade and served in an oversized lettuce leaf full of quinoa kale, tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, feta and cilantro packs in flavour but feels light.
Supper club fare dominates the dinner menu, including a 16-ounce New York steak grilled on the bone and basted with roasted garlic for big, beefy flavour. Other old school swanky classics include chicken cordon bleu, updated with housemade ham and white cheddar, and topped with a mushroom laden sauce. For those willing to get their hands dirty, “famous” ribs are a go-to, slathered with sweet chili barbeque sauce that kicks down the fattiness of the ribs by adding heat and sweet.
Playful odes to steakhouse favourites can also be found on the dessert menu, like fried bread pudding topped with a scoop of ice cream. Old meets new again in a Canadian butter tart pie elevated by maple crème fraiche. A sweet ending, eh?