Is there a simpler pleasure in the world – whether you’re feeling daisy-fresh or brain-full-o’-pigeon-shit hungover – than a good breakfast sandwich? Unless, of course, we’re talking about a dirty flat-top burger. The team from The Federal mercifully doesn’t make you choose at their sunny takeout window behind the Reunion Island café on Roncy. Even the standard breakfast sammy — kale or bacon, pick your poison — comes with pickles and aioli along with the standard egg, a stroke of genius that lends both a satisfying complexity and a dose of fast-food-y nostalgia. But there’s also a smashed, mustard-grilled patty on a potato roll – dubbed the Telway Burger, in homage to a Detroit diner – that’s just the perfect size, at 2.5 ounces, to let you justify ordering a burg and a breakfast sandwich. (I did it. It was awesome.) 385 Roncesvalles, at Neepawa, thefed.ca/goldstandard
The Gold Standard breakfast sandwich with bacon, pickles, egg, cheddar and aioli.