(468 MAIN ST.)
In the beginning, a darkness hung over the coffee-drinkers of Winnipeg — or more accurately, a double-double infused beigeness. Seven years ago, a tiny coffee shop called Parlour threw open its doors on Main St. and the coffee drinkers had cortados and they lived happily ever after. Parlour and owner Nils Vik have been at the front end of a wave of a changing mentality here in the city. Maybe we can have nice things too?
KHANH HOA (834 NOTRE DAME AVE.)
When you order by phone (orders take 20 minutes, so call first) don’t expect small talk, just silence until you tell them what you want, followed by “Spicy?” After your response, the line will go dead. How long will it take? Did they get my order? It’s always about 20 minutes, and of course they got your order. The proprietors are the sweetest elderly couple you could imagine and they make perfect gourmet bahn mis that cost about $7.