Another fabulous North End institution is Alycia's Restaurant. It is a monument to all things Ukrainian. In its various small rooms, you'll find tables covered with beautiful Ukrainian embroidered tablecloths (protected by plastic, of course). Every square inch of wall space is plastered with Ukrainian decorations -- paintings, embroidery, pysanka, poppies, wheat weaving, etc. In the foyer is a big gumball machine (every black gumball is a winner!) bearing a hand-lettered sign -- Ukrainian VLT.
On a little table near the entrance, there's a small shrine to the great Canadian comic, John Candy. He ate at Alycia's every time he was in Winnipeg. Apparently he also had their perogies shipped around the world to wherever he was on location. When walking past his photo to my table, I always tried not to think of his untimely demise from obesity.
Because . . . the food!! OMG, the food!!!