We'll be in MB for a few days in early May, our second trip. We understand why its restaurants overwhelmingly cater to the tourist, shovel-it-in, the more the better, grease is good, cheap is good, let's go the place with the garish sign outside, crowd, But we'd like to maybe find one or two true Chow-friendly places. I've looked at the previous threads, but the advice too often seems suspect to me, as in "we were in MB and LOVED the great buffet at the place with the 30 foot pirate sign outside, except for the 200 cars in the parking lot."
Are there any places in MB that:
-actually are patronized to a reasonable degree by locals who appreciate what good food is, and to whom quantity is not a criterion for "good"?
-do not rely on coupons and special offers as a core part of their business model?
-emphasize good food, not decor and gimmicks, to attract clients
Nothing fancy. Holes-in-the-wall, ethnic, honest greasy spoon, very casual, etc etc are fine, even preferred. We also have a couple of dogs along, so being pet-friendly or at least able to get in and out in reasonable time, is helpful.
We'll be staying in a place about 3-4 miles south of the airport, but driving isn't a problem.