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Review: Across the Board - Fully wrapped sliders from the Grill of Across the Board.

Fully wrapped sliders from the Grill of Across the Board.

By: PegCity GrubJuly 31, 2014 // Cafe, Winnipeg in the News

Across the Board owners Clinton Skibitzky (left) and Olaf Pyttlik. (Photos by Robin Summerfield)
Across the Board owners Clinton Skibitzky (left) and Olaf Pyttlik. (Photos by Robin Summerfield)

Across the Board Games Café
93 Albert Street
204-691-3422
Neighbourhood: Exchange District
Website: acrosstheboardcafe.com
Facebook: facebook.com/acrosstheboardcafe
Twitter: n/a

Sometimes all you need is a salad; all you want is a salad; all you desire at this singular moment in time is a salad.

But no ordinary Caesar, Greek or Garden salad will do.

You want colour and lightness. You want crunch, zing and pizzazz.

That's the urge I recently had while wandering around Old Market Square during the Winnipeg Fringe Fest. (If you haven't been to our Fringe, you must go. It's one of the city's best summer events.)

Peasant Cookery's goats cheese, beet and arugula salad sprung to mind. It's one of my favourites in the city. (I'm a sucker for a beet salad.) Sadly, my dining partner vetoed my suggestion.

I searched my memory for fantastic salads of my past. Nothing immediately sprung to mind. I blame the hot day for frying my brain.

Plan B. I started scanning the street. And then I saw it: Across the Board Games Café. I met the owners a few months ago just as they were opening and, at the time, their menu looked quite promising.

So we headed over. The place, former home of The Fyxx and other unsuccessful eateries, was packed with gamers and diners.

At the table, our eyes went immediately to the salads on the menu. (The menu includes sandwiches, flatbreads and soup. Everything is made in house.)

We ordered the Viet Nom Nom and the Beached Kale. Both salads blew us away but the Beached Kale took top prize.

The generous salad is loaded with baby kale, chick peas, barley, avocado, sunflower seeds, strawberry, candied walnuts and lemon poppy seed vinaigrette. It was sweet yet tart; had crunch; was filling; and every bite was different from the last. My dining partner and I fought over this salad.

The Viet Nom Nom is a combination of rice noodles, mixed greens, pickled vegetables, corn, bell pepper, cilantro, sesame seeds, scallions, avocado and tossed in an asian vinaigrette. It had a sass and sustenance. The noodles added extra heft and filled out bellies. It just didn't compare to the party on the beach of kale.

On our next visit, we're going to play a game, order dinner, sip on wine and just enjoy a night out of the ordinary.

Viet Nom Nom salad at Across the Board.
Viet Nom Nom salad at Across the Board.

Beached Kale salad at Across the Board.
Viet Nom Nom salad

Beached Kale salad at Across the Board.
Beached Kale salad

Just a small sampling of the estimated 600 games to play at Across the Board.
Just a small sampling of the estimated 600 games to play at Across the Board.

Let the games begin at Across the Board.
Let the games begin.

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