New eateries are popping up all the time in the capital, but 2012 was particularly generous. The best new restaurants in Ottawa this year range from a Mexican-Asian fusion kitchen to a Somerset West hot spot serving buffalo pig ear sandwiches. Intrigued? You should be! Our local experts have combed the city, looking for dining experiences that will tempt and satisfy any visitor. The result is this list of the six best new restaurants in Ottawa.
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Best Sunday Brunch at Ottawa Restaurants: Chez Cora (Photo: Calgary Reviews)
No weekend in Ottawa is complete without Sunday brunch. In winter, it will give you a cozy start to a day of snowy sightseeing. In summer, it’s an event into itself, providing ample time to linger on a patio enjoying a delicious meal. Below, our local experts have listed their favourite Sunday brunch options in Ottawa—and it’s a diverse selection that should satisfy even the pickiest traveller.
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Sometimes, great food can be hard to find — and we mean that in the most literal sense. These three eateries are off the beaten track but fully worth the effort.
Art-Is-In Boulangerie: The lineup is often out the door at this industrial lunch counter, and for good reason — the sandwiches, flatbreads, soups, and baked goods are among the best in the city. Pick up a loaf of bread on the way out — it’s what made them famous, after all. 250 City Centre Ave., Bay 114, 613-695-1226, www.artisinbakery.com
Los Tacos de Mauro: One might not expect to find authentic Mexican food in a nightclub above a convenience store, but that’s exactly what Los Tacos de Mauro provides. Slightly surreal (disco ball and all), but completely delicious. 349 Dalhousie St. 613-562-9756
Edgar: Located in a residential neighbourhood across the river in Hull, Edgar’s small kitchen churns out exciting lunch fare and frozen meals all week and a to-die-for brunch on the weekend. Don’t miss the sweet/savoury Dutch Baby on the brunch menu — a crispy, fluffy pastry shell filled with pork belly, maple, cheddar, and apple. 60, rue Bégin, Gatineau (Hull sector), 819-205-1110, chezedgar.ca
Dishes made with local, seasonal ingredients fill the menu at ARC Lounge
Nestled in ARC The.Hotel, ARC Lounge is a chic gem. This downtown restaurant manages to be both sleek and cozy, and is the perfect place for a business meeting over lunch (it’s also a go-to for a romantic dinner or after-work drinks). Known for fresh and local seasonal menus that blend sophistication and creativity, this is a place that is generating increasing buzz. Head over in the morning and order the Arc French Toast — oat and cinnamon crusted cranberry focaccia with maple syrup and orange butter — for a nice wake-up call. 140 Slater St., 613-238-9998.
Fraser Café (Photo by fieldtripp)
We’ve been following Ottawa Magazine’s online weekly lunch picks of the best places for a midday meal this winter. If you’re visiting our nation’s capital, try these restaurants that received glowing reviews: (more…)
Enjoy a sexy dinner at Kinki Asian-Fusion Restaurant during WinterBites.
Winter in Ottawa “bites” less this year, thanks to a new food event, WinterBites, launching today and running through January 28.
What better way to ward off the nip of a central Ontario winter than by tucking into a gourmet three-course meal—at appetizing prices, no less? (more…)
Canada’s best new restaurants of 2011, chosen by the editors of Where
Where Canada‘s Best New Restaurants is an annual award program dedicated to recognizing the country’s top chefs and innovative restaurateurs. (more…)
Photo by Shawna Wagman
Ottawa’s brand-new Fatboys Southern Smokehouse, opened last week, serves up American-style slow-cooked Southern barbecue and all the fixin’s (fried green tomatoes included) in the Byward Market shopping and dining district.
These days, it seems the city has its choice of pulled pork, brisket and coleslaw, with the SmoQue Shack barbecue joint just a few doors down.
Who knew Canada’s capital city was so southern?
See the full story at OttawaMagazine.com.
It might be a snowy wonderland outside, but if the chilly temperatures are getting you down, WHERE’s got just the ticket to chase away the winter blues.
It's easy to stay warm at the Caribbean-inspired Savana Café.
1. Get tropical at Savana Café. With the brightly coloured walls, old-school chandeliers, and mismatched tablecloths, you’ll instantly feel better walking in the door of this lively brownstone-turned-eatery, and that’s before you’ve even tried the food. Inspired by flavours from the Caribbean and South-East Asia, the cuisine is comforting and delicious, with just the right amount of kick. 431 Gilmour St., 613-233-9159. (more…)