The only thing better than perfectly crispy schnitzel like Oma used to make is perfectly crispy chicken schnitzel wedged between a fresh whole wheat bun and slathered in house-made harissa mayo at Bernstein’s Deli. The family-run deli and specialty food shop is open for take-away (with customer limits to comply with social distancing) or for curbside pickup.
Location: 1-1700 Corydon Avenue, 204-488-4552
Magic Bird Fried Chicken
Magic Bird Fried Chicken, a cool southern-inspired eatery, dishes out extra-crispy fried chicken sandwiches with fun flavour combinations. The shop is now open for takeout Tue-Sat 12 pm-8 pm. Try a sammy with juicy, flavourful chicken thighs, brined in oolong tea and coated in crisp buttermilk batter. Get a side of flavour-packed house-made hot sauce to spice things up.
Location: 61 Sherbrook St, 204-615-2977
Nick's on Broadway
Chef/owner Nick Graumann has been slinging sandwiches and satisfying the busy downtown lunch crowd since 2015 at Nick’s on Broadway. The Broadway ‘wich spot is open for takeout or delivery with a pared down menu that includes mouthwatering options like a roast beef dip slathered in garlic aioli and a black bean burger on a pretzel bun.
Location: 287 Broadway, 204-228-0610
Rae & Jerry's Steakhouse
A longtime favourite in Winnipeg, Rae & Jerry’s is a ’50s throwback from its classic steakhouse menu to its perfectly maintained vintage decor. Curbside pickup is now available, and the menu includes a selection of sandwiches made with the steakhouse’s prime proteins, like rib eye and prime rib. Also on offer is an assortment platter of fancy finger sandwiches.
Location: 1405 Portage Ave, 204-783-6155
Recently renovated Academy Road spot Saucers Café boasts a renowned sammie spread that locals give thanks for. The cafe is closed to all but takeout orders, but the full menu is available, including the must-try turkey, avocado and bacon sandwich. It’s served warm on a fluffy Kaiser roll and gorgeously accented with onion relish, fresh greens, aioli and a slice of Havarti.
Location: 570 Academy Rd, 204-489-9204
Viva, a cozy gem in the city’s eclectic West End, serves classic Vietnamese cuisine. The restaurant is open for takeout orders. Popular street food, bánh mì, a small baguette sandwich, is filled with juicy, charbroiled pork and snap-fresh vegetables, mayo and a hit of cilantro.
Location: 505 Sargent Ave, 204-772-3167
White Star Diner
White Star Diner, a family-run biz, boasts a long menu of diner classics includes awesome burgers, fully loaded poutine and of course, sandwiches. The diner is open for takeout with slightly reduced hours. Don’t skip the grilled cheese sandwich with juicy pulled pork, gooey cheddar and mozzarella all between crispy, buttered slices of City Rye.
Location: 258 Kennedy St, 204-947-6930