Though Salisbury House restaurants have been a Winnipeg icon for over 85 years, I somehow had never eaten there until a recent visit, despite having lived in Winnipeg for 14 months and visiting regularly since the early 80s. However while researching “best keep secrets” in Winnipeg for a recent visit, I found out their Portage and Pembina restaurants have mini-museums in their lobbies.
This was the catalyst I needed!
Sports & Music Museums
The Portage Avenue restaurant has several display cases with sports artifacts including hockey, football, baseball, curling and basketball. While the Pembina Highway restaurant is a mini music hall of fame that even includes Burton Cummings piano. Don’t believe me?
Here are the photos to prove it.
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Salisbury House Sports Museum
Salisbury House Manitoba Music Museum
Donuts & Service
In addition to the lobby displays, the walls of every Salisbury House are plastered with fun historic photos of Salisbury House’s history, making them all a fun walk back in time. Link Salisbury House History https://www.salisburyhouse.ca/history
While nobody would confuse Salisbury House with fine dining, the food is good, prices great and the service outstanding. When we asked for salad instead of french fries our waitress immediately said “Yes we can!!” No snooty look. No saying there will be a surcharge for the substitution. She was genuinely please to do it.
And when we asked about the Tyler’s Hand Dipped Chocolate Iced Donut Sundae menu item and then later realizing we were full and would have to come back another time for dessert, she brought us a smaller version to share – no charge!
That’s customer service.
So, if you ever find yourself in Winnipeg and want a truly Winnipeg experience, definitely eat at Salisbury House preferably the one at 3315 Portage Avenue or 759 Pembina Highway. There are currently 9 fully service family restaurants, six of which are open 24 hours and five Sals Xpress restaurants.
And make sure you leave room for dessert.