Cafe Review: Across the Board Game Cafe

The place we played: Across the Board Game Cafe, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Played in: June 2014

Our thoughts: Ok, so Across the Board was so much better than we had imagined it would be. A beautiful space, huge game collection and friendly staff who clearly know their games. But, before any of that, we need to talk about the food. Board game ATB_logo_BK_w_BK_screencafés are not quite known for their stellar menus. Usually it’s a 20 year old manning a panini grill and a big bucket of candy (not that there’s anything wrong with a big bucket of candy). Across the Board is the only café we’ve been to where the food takes priority. They’ve hired a top quality chef to prepare the menu and the result is incredible! I had a Banh Mi sandwich that I’m still drooling over thinking about. Using local ingredients, freshly made and delicious – check out their charcuterie plate – as well as local beers on tap. We haven’t had better food at any café before or since.

Their collection is also super impressive. We got to meet the owner, Olaf, whose personal collection makes up much of the interesting finds here at Across the Board, collected during his time in Germany (so many Euros – and in the original language as well!). We also loved tAcrosstheBoardheir organization system, which made it easy to find what you were looking for – their most played games, two player options, family games, strategy…we could have spent a lot longer than we did in the café, though we probably would have caused more than just one of us to miss a flight.

PWP Ranking:
Space:  B+
Collection:  A
Food:  A+
Drink:  B+
Staff:  B+
Layout:  A
Look and Feel: A+
Overall Score: A

Other stuff we like:
Retail? Yep!
Flat fee? Yep!
Events? Yep!

Great for: All around excellent game café with the added bonus of incredibly delicious, local food and drink in a beautiful space.

What we played: Ghost Stories, Niagara, Flashpoint, Indigo, and a half-hearted attempt at Spyrium.

Ellie Frederickson is an experienced player of many board games and has cred as a purveyor of games from a time working in a game store. She has an inclination towards Euro-style games, but isn’t especially picky. Reading rules is a particular skill of hers (and a source of enjoyment, oddly enough) and she usually gets a game right the first time she plays it. She has a keen eye for good designs; in art, cafés and games; and an aversion to sub-standard food and drink

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