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Where to Eat Ottawa

BFF! Burgers n’ Fries Forever in Ottawa


Burgers n’ Fries Forever serve up fresh, never frozen, burgers and fries in Ottawa

Burgerist: The word, defined by two locals, describes a person who believes that burgers are superior to fries. Burger n’ Fries Forever (BFF) in Ottawa, however, operates on the principle that we should live in a world where both are equally awesome. Everything in this young shop is fresh, never frozen, fun, and innovative. Whether you want vegan, halal, sans-gluten, or double the meat, the boys will hook you up.
• Burger n’ Fries Forever, 329 Bank St., 613-230-3456, burgersnfriesforever.com

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The Simply Raw Kitchen in Ottawa


These righteous brownies are one of the delicious recipes in the Simply Raw Kitchen

Need some help with that new healthy routine you’ve vowed to follow this year? Natasha Kyssa’s The Simply Raw Kitchen may be exactly what you’re looking for. Her new cookbook acts as a guide to a new diet consisting of raw, unprocessed foods. The recipes are simple and easy to follow — from delicious salads and dressings, to sumptuous pasta alternatives and desserts. The book is so accessible and inclusive that even the most meat-loving person can get on board, incorporating some of these ideas into their diet. Pick it up from SimplyRaw Express, Kyssa’s restaurant and shop in Ottawa ­— and sample a dish while you’re there!
• SimplyRaw Express, 989 Wellington St. W., 613-234-0806, simplyrawexpress.com

ZenKitchen Creating Inspiring Cuisine in Ottawa


ZenKitchen creates vegan masterpieces that rival the best dishes in Ottawa (Photo: April Anne Hewens Photography)

ZenKitchen is one of the culinary leaders in Ottawa. The vegan restaurant has taught us that inventive, tasty, and inspiring dishes void of traditional protein can exist — and it exists in abundance at ZenKitchen. The restaurant — located in Ottawa’s Chinatown neighbourhood — recently renovated its menu to include such dishes as pecan-crusted seitan and hand cut ravioli filled with tasty ingredients like nut parmesan and tempeh-caramelized onions. Much of the menu is gluten-free — that includes such tempting desserts as their caramel bourbon pecan pie, and peanut butter and chocolate pie — and the restaurant can meet the needs of virtually any dietary requirement.
• ZenKitchen, 634 Somerset St. W., 613-233-6404. zenkitchen.ca
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Izakaya Serving Modern Japanese in Ottawa


Izakaya‘s slaw, made with 15 fresh ingredients, has become one of the Japanese restaurant’s most popular dishes

This Asian kitchen and bar in Ottawa lifts its name directly from the Japanese term that means an establishment that serves food to accompany drinks. So, there’s certainly no ambiguity as to what to expect when you go to Izakaya. However, if not well-versed in Japanese cuisine, you may be surprised to find more than just sushi and tempura vegetables. And that’s a good thing. Izakaya’s slaw (made with more than 15 fresh ingredients, including mango, jicama and avocado) and their bibimbap, a fresh recreation of the classic Korean rice bowl, have quickly become favourites. They also have an extensive raw menu and a number of creative cocktails. Plus, DJs change the vibe on weekends, and they host live music on Thursday nights.
• 339 Elgin St., 613-627-4140, izakayaottawa.com
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Ottawa Beer Guide: The National Capital Region’s Breweries and Brew Pubs



Ottawa Brewery: Beyond The Pale‘s brewmaster Shane Clark walks past a pint of Pink Fuzz, their grapefruit wheat beer that has become one of their best sellers (Photo: Marc Fowler/Metropolis Studio)

These are the spots in Ottawa that brew beer and serve food. Sounds like the perfect business plan.

OTTAWA BREW PUB: Ashton Brewing Company
Art Hodgins is well versed when it comes to Ottawa’s drinking scene. He currently owns Quinn’s and Patty’s Pub and has owned a number of other watering holes in the past. The Old Mill at Ashton, about 30 minutes west of Ottawa, is his first foray into brewing, though. Colloquially known as the Ashton Brew Pub, the quaint English-style pub pumps out a number of brews, which are made on-site and served at the bar. The Vanilla Stout and HopStravaganza are worthwhile choices. They also sell growlers, so you can enjoy their beer at home.
• The Old Mill at Ashton, 113 Old Mill Rd., Ashton, 613-257-4423, ashtonbrewpub.ca
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The Chelsea Pub Exudes Rustic Charm


The Chelsea Pub, just north of downtown Ottawa, is a picturesque spot for a pint and meal.

Enveloped by the beautiful Gatineau Hills, the Chelsea Pub — just a short 15-minute drive from downtown Ottawa — is situated in one of the most ideal areas to sit back and enjoy a pint. Their building was originally one of the first hotels built in Old Chelsea, QC, circa 1875. Ownership and use of the building changed several times over the past century, before its rebranding in 2006 as the Chelsea Pub. The mixed fare on the menu is a big step above traditional pub food, with options such as salmon tartare and duck confit grilled cheese. They also serve some of the best Québec microbrews to pair with your meal. And the pub recently underwent a renovation that enlivens its already warm atmosphere. A perfect choice for a post-Gatineau Park hike.
238, Old Chelsea Road, 819 827-5300, chelseapub.ca
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West End Ottawa Guide: Where to Eat, Drink, and Shop West of Parliament Hill



Mountain Equipment Co-op is the shop in Ottawa’s west end to get the latest outdoor gear (Photo: MEC)

The neighbourhoods of Hintonburg, Wellington West, and Westboro are home to a number of the city’s hottest restaurants, shops, and more. Head west to discover these diverse and innovative spots!


Downtown Ottawa Guide: Where to Eat, Drink and Shop on Elgin Street



Aerial view of Elgin Street in downtown Ottawa.

Elgin Street, in downtown Ottawa, is one of the busiest streets in the city throughout the year. There are plenty of hotspots along this bustling strip, but we uncover some of the hidden gems that locals have come to love.


The Elmdale Oysterhouse and Tavern in Ottawa


The Elmdale Oysterhouse and Tavern serves forward-thinking dishes in an old school tavern

Oyster poor boys, fish and chips, and pickled eggs are some of the sumptuous staples you’ll find at this west end Ottawa tavern. Originally established in 1935 as the Elmdale Tavern, the owners of the celebrated restaurant The Whalesbone took over, rebranding it as The Elmdale Oysterhouse and Tavern. While completely renovated, they’ve gone to great lengths to ensure the familiar, warm atmosphere of the former tavern remains — and they’ve succeeded. The Elmdale’s dim lighting and rustic decor set the tone for that perfect night out with friends, surrounded by great food and a few pints.
The Elmdale Oysterhouse and Tavern, 1084 Wellington St. W., 613-728-2848, elmdaletavern.com
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The Spice of Life: Ottawa’s East India Company


The East India Company has gained a loyal following in Ottawa on the strength of their authentic Indian dishes

What began as a small two-person operation has grown into a wildly successful restaurant business for Kamal Mehra and his wife Sudha in Ottawa. The couple opened The East India Company over 30 years ago in Winnipeg, and blessed Ottawa with their presence when they opened a second location in the capital. On the strength of Sudha’s authentic recipes, this buffet-style restaurant has gained a loyal following in the city. Expect everything from paneer to channa masala and, of course, naan, which is made right in front of you. And, if you like what you taste, you can buy their own homemade spice blends to try Sudha’s recipes that are posted on their website. — Karen Ladouceur
210 Somerset St. W., 613-567-4634. eastindiaco.com
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The 10 Best Taco Restaurants in Ottawa


Best Tacos Ottawa

Best Tacos in Ottawa: Stone Soup Foodworks dishes heavenly taco options in Ottawa (Photo: Jamie Kronnick Photography)

No longer just a fast-food option, tacos are becoming one of the trendiest eats in Canada’s culinary scene. Various types of tacos—from beef to tofu—can be found in restaurants across Ottawa. Some are serving up authentic recipes, while others are taking a more exotic and fusion-style approach to this Mexican delight. Here, we give you our picks for the top 10 taco restaurants in Ottawa.

Brothers Beer Bistro in Ottawa’s ByWard Market


Ottawa Restaurant: Brothers Beer Bistro in Ottawa’s ByWard Market has become one of the best spots to grab a pint in the city (Photo: Jeff O’Reilly)

Brothers Beer Bistro in Ottawa’s ByWard Market majors in a convivial atmosphere paired with the perfect pint. The Ottawa restaurant has an impressive beer menu that includes local and Ontario craft options (including Beyond The Pale and Beau’s), a rotating cask line that changes every Thursday, and a bottle list boasting such breweries as Achel (Belgian trappist brewery) and Rogue (celebrated Oregon brewery). And the food goes beyond traditional pub fare, opting for such dishes as charred B.C. octopus and veal loin.
 Brothers Beer Bistro, 366 Dalhousie St., 613-695-6300. brothersbeerbistro.ca
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