Local Foodstuffs in Ottawa
Planning a trip to Ottawa and was hoping a local Chowhound (or one that visits there frequently) would have some suggestions for "must-have" munching while there. Please, no recommendations for Tim Hortons or anything made primarily of maple syrup -- while these are scrumptious, I'm looking for something a little more authentically local than that.
Dinner at Beckta or Les Fougeres. Breakfast at SconeWitch. Croissants at the French Baker on Murray St. Chocolate truffles or cake from Stubbe's. Lunch and a pint at the Manx Pub. Chicken Schwarma from Marroush on Elgin. Browsing for Italian at La Bottega (Market) or Nicastros (Merivale). Coffee at Planet Coffee (Market) or Bridgehead (various locations around the city) or Morala (Glebe). Pizza at the Colonnade (Metcalfe) or Newport (Westboro - home of the Elvis Sighting Society). Burgers at The Works (various locations). Afternoon Tea at the Chateau Laurier. Smoked fish from the Chelsea Smokehouse. Local cheese at Ottawa Bagel Shop and Nicastro's (Wellington St. location). Depending on the timing, the Carp Farmer's Market (Saturday mornings 8-1, but only for one more week) or Ottawa Farmer's Market (Lansdowne Park - Sundays 8-4).
If you like American/food court style Chinese food then go to the Golden Palace. I never understood why anyone thought it was worth a special trip, stick to Somerset W for good Chinese/Vietnamese food.
I haven't lived in Ottawa in 12 years and miss the pizza from the Colonande.
Domus in the market used to make their brunch from the various cookbooks on sale in the store and was a nice space.
Sconewitch - scones, of course
Kettleman's - "dessert bagels" (a horseshoe-shaped pastry with cream cheese filling)
Le Boulanger Français - croissants, even better if you can get an almond croissant; or any of the sandwiches from the bistro in the back
So Good - eggplants in black bean sauce, or anything pepper-salt
Mayflower - fish 'n chips (my parents swear by it)
Ashtar - hummus or falafel
Middle East Bakery - pita with zaatar, or the sweet flatbread
Di Rienzo - sandwiches, or focaccia
Curries - dosas
Ahora - Mexican food
African Palace - Ethiopian food, try the vegetarian platter
If you get as far as Perth, try the Hungry Planet.
Wonderful handmade food with Aisan, Caribbean and Mediterranean influence flavours. They are in the Where to Eat in Canada book and have been featured in Ottawa newspapers quite a bit.
My parents live in Perth, and everytime I visit my SO and I go for lunch (they aren't open for dinner, except Fridays, and even then it is only until 7 p.m.)