Cousin’s Deli, Winnipeg

Most who labour in the independent music world can attest that compensation is frequently of the intrinsic variety. It’s a rationalization I’m comfortable with. As a borderline not unsuccessful touring musician, I’ve had the opportunity to visit some unfamiliar places and meet some incredible people. Friendships are forged over countless suppers and beers and greasy breakfasts. Winnipeg has been one of my more regular music-related destinations and my hospitable rap homies have introduced me to most of the notorious local haunts. There are spots numerous and memorable including the Falafel and Pancake House, Massawa, The Nook, Toad in the Hole and the really dope bakery/restaurant that Gruff used to work at. There is one place however, that I make a point of visiting every time I’m in the Peg — a neighbourhood fixture and popular destination, Cousins Deli.

Located at 55 Sherbrook Street, this small and charming restaurant is decorated with shabby, mismatched furniture and a window full of homely house plants. The clientelle — similarly mismatched and likely covered in cat hair — can select from a variety of menu items or peruse the selection of samosas, knishes and jamaican patties housed in a refridgerated glass case. Orders are placed at the counter and food is prepared and delivered by the same guy who pours your pint.

I have yet to sample many of the menu items as this wonderful little shit hole makes the best vegetarian burger I’ve ever tasted. Consisting of two chic pea patties with pickles, banana peppers, lettuce and what I’m told is tamarind sauce, I’ve ordered this sandwich anually for at least five years and have never been disappointed. 

With a humble, comfortable environment well suited for pints of beer and unpretensious food, Cousin’s has firmly established itself as the neighbourhood destination and a beacon for wandering souls such as myself.  If you feel so inclined, introduce us your favourite dive, shit hole or greasy spoon!

2 Comments

  1. David says:

    I’ve only been there twice, but I remember Cousin’s being pretty awesome.

  2. Bernhard says:

    i met the owner once – when we stopped over for a few days in winniepeg on our way to vancouver
    so i visitet cousins in the mid-nineties
    he was a very friendly and funny guy – maybe a bit to crazy for this world –
    someone everybody used to call `uncle stew` as far as i remember –
    is he still in buisness – or maybe retired – he told then – he want to live with his relatives in florida
    – any information ? THX bernhard

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