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A perfect place for nutritious comfort food

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This article was published 06/07/2022 (211 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

Having a pleasant experience at a neighbourhood restaurant used to be something many of us did all the time without giving it a second thought. But with the last two years the way they’ve been, well, some of us feel like we’re just now returning to the world. I’m one of those, not having gone out much at all during the worst of the pandemic, so every meal out feels like a reason to celebrate.

Living in central St. Boniface means we are within walking distance of a variety of eating establishments, which we are only now fully discovering. On this weekday morning I was meeting someone for breakfast at the Marion Street Eatery. located inside the Marion Hotel. It was a windy, cold and grey day in late spring, with snowflakes still flying about. But the Eatery was warm and cozy and almost packed; the atmosphere was welcoming. As a long-time, gluten-sensitive vegan, it’s not easy to find menu items I can eat with my dietary restrictions, so I’d called ahead and been told there’d be something for me.

I have a three-set rule to live by when it comes to food. It has to look, smell and taste delicious and this little gem of a place exceeded in all three areas.

The Boho — a chickpea omelette with vegan toppings — at Marion Street Eatery makes for a fabulous breakfast.

My eating companion had waffles with syrupy maple sauce, whipped cream and bacon, which she seemed to wolf down with great gusto. My dish took a while longer to finish but only because I had ordered the Boho, which featured a chickpea omelette with an array of mushrooms, kale, pistachio, smashed avocado, sweet sriracha lime, and pickled red onion. For those not gluten-sensitive, it comes with battered cauliflower. The generous portion was hearty and filling. I tried to savour every delicious bite. I have a deep appreciation for chefs who understand vegan food and this one certainly does. As it was a Friday morning I decided to splurge and wash it down with a mimosa. Decadent was my word for that morning.

The breakfast was colourful, flavourful and the textures and tastes were perfect together. Service was friendly and attentive, which always makes for an enjoyable dining experience. And it’s definitely good for business. There’s an outdoor patio which I hope to experience next time I go.

It’s good to be out and about again. I’m so glad to live in St. Boniface. It’s a real bonus to have a place like the charming Marion Street Eatery so near to our home. It offers a good selection of breakfast and lunch menu items. For drivers, there’s a large parking lot in the back with ample space, and it’s wheelchair accessible. It’s family friendly and the perfect place for comfort food that’s also — in some cases at least, I dare say — nutritious.

Janine LeGal

Janine LeGal
St. Boniface community correspondent

Janine LeGal is a community correspondent for St. Boniface who also writes the These Old Houses column for our Community Homes section.

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