An assortment of wacky burgers are on the menu at the Works—like this, the Three Ring Binder.
The Works ain’t your normal burger shop. First, pick your choice of seven patties, from elk to veggie to Canadian beef. Next, pick one of the dozens of topping combinations that start with Babewatch (avocado and Monterey Jack) and ends with War Pig (mushrooms, smoky BBQ, cheddar, and bacon). Last, add a side, such as their spicy bold slaw or fresh cut fries. With so much choice you’re destined to find a combination that’s right for you—and you’ll see just why this gourmet burger joint has won so many awards.
•Seven locations, including: 580 Bank St., 613-235-0406, worksburger.com
Von’s Bistro in the Glebe has an extensive brunch menu, offering everything from yogurt and granola to grilled salmon omelettes.
Laidback and relaxed, Von’s Bistro in the Glebe creates a homey space to break bread. Here for the weekend? Well, their brunch menu runs a mile long, with every type of creative benedict, omelet, and pancake one could desire. Afternoon and evening fare focuses on shareable plates, pastas, and protein—from duck breast to lamb burgers to classic steak et frites.
•Von’s Bistro, 819 Bank St., 613-233-3277. vonsottawa.com
You won’t find the usual pub grub at the Hintonburg Public House. (Photo: Dwayne Brown Studios)
The Hintonburg Public House offers a modern spin on traditional pub fare: crispy cod with golden fries and tartar sauce replace the standard beer-battered fish and chips. And you won’t find a classic bacon, egg, and hash brown breakfast special here. Instead, treat your taste buds to a potato hash with caramelized onion, pepper sausage, and poached Becking Farm eggs.
•1020 Wellington St. W., 613-421-5087, hintonburgpublichouse.ca
Whether you’re looking for a tasty lunch, brunch, or craft beer, Stoneface Dolly’s provides.
In the heart of Ottawa’s Little Italy strip, Stoneface Dolly’s presents a menu that excels anytime of the day or week. Well-sized burgers and sandwiches rule at lunch, while dinner features an eclectic mix that spans jambalaya to almond encrusted chicken. And, they produce a brunch so good that the place is packed until they have to turn off the lights. Bonus: They have a growing draught list that highlights Ontario’s craft breweries.
• Stoneface Dolly’s, 416 Preston St., 613-564-2222, stonefacedollys.com
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
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 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
• Map and reviews
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
• Map and review
By TRAVIS PERSAUD
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)
OTTAWA BREW PUBS
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, 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
• Map and reviews
By MEAGHAN CROWLEY AND TRAVIS PERSAUD
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!
By MEAGHAN CROWLEY
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.