I am not certain how long Garwood Grill has been on Pembina Highway but my Mom says she and Dad used to enjoy going there. She’s lived in her home in East Kildonan for 55 years, so it’s likely this was when she and Dad lived on Chevrier Boulevard in the ’50s. Could this be so?
All I know is that I’ve been enjoying Garwood Grill’s home-cooked recipes for 25 years.
Particularly memorable are the burgers and Denver sandwiches and the clubhouse can hold its own against the now-defunct Wagon Wheel and Rae and Jerry’s. I have even indulged on the classic pork chop dinner and, when I have waited patiently on a Sunday, I have been rewarded with perfectly prepared over-easy eggs, thickly sliced Canadian back bacon and hash browns which arrive as crispy as ordered.
On this day, we arrive early enough to order breakfast but opt instead for their extensive lunch offerings. Upon our helpful server’s recommendation we choose a 9-inch pizza and a bacon cheeseburger, selecting a Greek salad instead of the fries and cole slaw. We are dining in a Greek -owned restaurant, so I have to have something prepared with feta and olives!
The pizza is hand-tossed and retains a slightly crispy, thin crust. The kitchen goes easy on the sauce (just the way I like it), toppings are plentiful and the cheese portion is just right. The burger is classic with none of those high-falutin’ toppings, just good old mustard, relish, onions, lettuce and a tomato slice. The Greek salad is loaded with creamy feta and my guess is that they go through so much of this popular salad that it might be pre-mixed by the kitchen — not that the lettuce was soggy but it wasn’t excessively crunchy, either.
Come noon, the place was hopping and I spied some well-known business people from downtown office towers enjoying a quick lunch. Laz, the owner, runs his own kitchen and has such a faithful following that when he had to take a medical hiatus and closed his doors, his business wasn’t disrupted at all.
Customers simply waited it out. They know a good thing when they eat it.
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