The Don Restaurant
Crack & Hash – Shaved Hash Browns, Crispy Crackling, 2 Overeasy Eggs
Perogys – Potatoes, Onions, Bothwell Medium Cheddar, Cream Gravy
Feeding downtown Winnipeg for over thirty years The Don Restaurant seems as close to an “institution” as any in the city, and with a wide-ranging menu of locally sourced items including several Mennonite specialties the spot at 120 Donald Street serves its purpose as an early-day diner respectably.
Open 7:00am until 3:30pm daily, a low building and patio tucked in amidst offices, it is just inside the entry that guests are greeted from a hostess stand, a pre-lunch arrival finding only a few tables full though by noon this would change substantially.
Favored by locals as well as travelers, the train station plus several public parking lots nearby, it was after perusal of items including everything from Kjielkje to Teriyaki that the decision was made to invest in The Don’s signature, a dish called “Crack & Hash” plus a side of Pierogis and no Dessert as they were inexplicably “all out” of Bread Pudding.
Admitting up front that Dumplings are outsourced, each of three pan-seared pockets filled with Potatoes and Cheese hand-made by Country Perogy Shop in Kleefeld, it was wishing that filling would have been a bit more flavorful that attention turned to the Hash, in reality just a pile of buttery Potatoes beneath a crispy slab of finely chopped Pork parts that tastes better when blended with Spuds plus Eggs on the side.