Ottawa’s Supply and Demand has quickly become a popular spot in the nation’s capital for its fresh seafood options that include a substantial raw and marinated list. (Photo: Erin Petruska)
Maritime fare and art convene on a plate at Ottawa’s Supply and Demand. Since it opened its doors in January, Ottawa foodies have been raving about the city’s latest addition. Chef Steve Wall uses only the best hand-selected ingredients, from the raw food bar items — which include albacore tuna and duck tartar — to oysters, and grilled Ontario trout. Supply and Demand’s menu also includes pasta made in-house, as well as meat and vegetarian options. The restaurant’s simple, personal atmosphere, complete with quirky seahorse wallpaper and old oil lanterns, complements the tasty dishes. After an evening in this 60-seat venue you’ll see why Wall has cultivated a loyal following in Ottawa.
• 1335 Wellington St. W. 613-680-2949. www.supplyanddemandfoods.ca
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Mother’s Day in Ottawa: how to spoil mom on May 12th (Photo: Stacy Spensley)
Time’s running out to book a great table for Mother’s Day brunch in Ottawa. Here, we’ve compiled some of our top picks for the best places to spoil mom this Mother’s Day in Ottawa (and beyond!).
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The 3 Brewers in Ottawa
Have a unique beer experience in an authentic brewpub. The 3 Brewers, also known as Les 3 Brasseurs, opened their first brewpub in Northern France in 1986, and is now in Ottawa. All the beers are brewed on site at this Ottawa brewpub — they now offer five regulars on tap (their IPA was recently added to their year-round draught list), alongside monthly and seasonal beers. They also have two bottled beers including La Belle Province — an amber beer developed from a blend of pale and caramel malts, with a hint of maple syrup acting as a tribute to Québec. Expect to find European-influenced pub fare on their menu, such as the homemade flammekueches. This flat bread tarte, developed in France, is one of the signatures at The 3 Brewers.
• 240 Sparks St., Unit C215, 613-380-8140. www.les3brasseurs.ca
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Ottawa restaurant Gezellig dishes inspiring plates meant to be shared
Ottawa restaurant entrepreneur Stephen Beckta and executive chef Michael Moffatt’s newest venture Gezellig (gah-zell-ig), named after the Dutch adjective for convivial, is both comfortable and inspiring with its modern menu and cozy atmosphere. Located in a converted 1950s bank building in Westboro, just a few minutes west from downtown Ottawa, the restaurant specializes in big plates designed to be shared, such as the St. Louis back ribs with swiss chard, cherry tomatoes, grilled peppers, and butter-fried cornbread. The menu gets inspiration from around the world, including the wine pairings, while still making an effort to support local producers.
• 337 Richmond Rd., 613-680-9086. www.gezelligdining.ca
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D’Arcy McGee’s in Ottawa features a revamped menu, including great beer choices on draft.
Its central Sparks Street location (and its Irish flair) in downtown Ottawa makes D’Arcy McGee’s a great pub for anytime of the year. The managers and bartenders are all Prud’homme Certified, meaning they know their beer, so be ready to have all your questions answered. Once you have your pint, try the Blarney Chips (one of the traditional Irish comfort food classics), the Guinness poutine for your late night craving, or one of the other delicious items on the pub’s revamped menu.
• D’Arcy McGee’s, 44 Sparks St., 613-230-4433. www.primepubs.com
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#1 Best Cheap Ottawa Sandwich: Bread and Sons’ avocado sandwich
Ottawa has countless restaurants that serve sandwiches, of course, so what distinctive qualities makes one Ottawa sandwich more satisfying than another? With your tight timeline and budget in mind, we’ve done our homework and whittled the list down to the 10 best (and affordable!) Ottawa sandwiches. Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, or a total omnivore, we can all break bread over these scrumptious sandwich options.
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Located in Ottawa’s hip Hintonburg neighbourhood, SuzyQ Doughnuts has been the talk of the town since word of its maple bacon doughnut got out. The Ottawa-based company creates specialty gourmet doughnuts, which are great for dessert, using fresh local ingredients. Some of the other crazy and unique flavours include: Wunderbar, Cinnamon Toast, Blue Vanilla Fruit Loop, and Raspberry White Chocalate. The menu changes often with new flavours added seaonally.
• SuzyQ, 991 Wellington St. W., 613-724-2451, www.suzyq.ca
The husband and wife team of Steve Wallace and Gen Lamorie-Wallace are the brains behind Ottawa’s Burnt Butter Italian Kitchen, a fun restaurant that majors in inventive Italian cuisine. Burnt Butter’s pastas receive a personal touch: they’re hand-rolled (not machined-rolled!) and flavoured in-house. Highlights include the tomato fettuccine with its unique carbonara sauce that uses quail’s egg, bacon, pancetta, and provolone. And if you have a sweet tooth, the Burnt Butter pecan pie is a definite hit. The Italian Kitchen also has a food and wine pairing event on the last Sunday of every month, with a sommelier who introduces each pairing.
• 1100 Wellington St., W. 613-792-4000. www.burntbutter.ca
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Gluten-Free Ottawa Comfort Foods: The Works MEC Burger
Gluten-free Ottawa restaurants continue to grow in number and quality, but finding gluten-free comfort food in Ottawa still takes some digging. Well, we’ve done the work for you. For those with celiac or gluten sensitivity, here’s our list of some of the best gluten-free comfort foods available in restaurants across the city. Now you don’t have to stomach yet another salad while your dining companions dig into a generous portion of lasagna.
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Ottawa Senators defenseman Chris Phillips hanging out in Big Rig’s brewery.
Ottawa Senators defenseman Chris Phillips opened up Big Rig Kitchen and Brewery this past summer and it has become a must-visit spot for exceptional pub fare and craft beer. In the kitchen, staples such as nachos get a twist with pulled chicken. In the brewery five mainstay beers, including their flagship Big Rig Gold, are complimented with seasonal brews that change with the weather. Together, they make for one excellent pairing. Cheers!
2750A Iris St., 613-688-3336. www.bigrigbrew.com.
The Vancouver pick on our list of the best restaurants in Canada to open last year (Photo: KK Law)
Where magazine’s Best Restaurants in Canada is an annual award program that celebrates the top dining establishments to open in the past year. Recognizing some of the best restaurants in Canada from coast to coast, this award serves as the highest recommendation from the editors of Where. One amazing eatery from each of the Where regions is highlighted below in the Best Restaurants in Canada 2012 list—Calgary, Canadian Rockies, Edmonton, Halifax, Muskoka-Parry Sound, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria and Winnipeg. From classic comfort foods to refined fusion fare, this year’s selection offers a range of cuisines that’s as diverse as the regions they come from.
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Head to Bridgehead Roastery, which recently opened in Ottawa’s Little Italy neighbourhood, to see the inner workings of this fair trade café.
Over the last decade, Bridgehead has gone from a little-known cafe to a major presence in the city. The fairly traded, organic coffees it serves are delicious, and the food is equally enticing (and healthy, to boot): breakfast offers staples such as steel-cut oatmeal, while sandwiches, soups and salads are available for lunch. The baked goods are hard to turn down; the carrot cake especially is to-die-for. A massive new roastery was recently opened in Little Italy, and it’s worth a visit just to see the inner workings — and try a mug or two at the roastery’s brew bar, of course.
130 Anderson St., 613-233-1221, plus 14 other locations; www.bridgeheadroastery.ca.