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Looking for unique places to eat in Ottawa

I am heading to Ottawa for New Year's and was wondering what places I should definately eat at while I am in town. I am not looking for any cusine in particular (I am good with everything) and my only requirement is that it not be too expensive (around $40-$50 per person). I should notw that I am not looking for a restaraunt to eat out for New Year's eve.

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  1. I am from Ottawa, and now live in Toronto
    You MUST go to Cabottos (sp?). It's in the west end of the city.
    Varied menu, but mostly Italian
    Their decorations for the holidays are beautiful
    The restaurant is a converted old stone house.
    Cheers

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    1. re: popover

      Cabotto's is okay. Most of the retired seniors living in Stittsville go there to have dinner very often. On Fridays and Saturdays, their parking lot is full. So, I am afraid that you have problem getting your reservation there.

      How about trying the list of restaurants recommended by Chef Steven Vardy?
      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/31096...

      1. re: popover

        Cabotto's is on Hazeldean Road, between Kanata and Stittsville in a building that was once Kemp's Tavern - although it looks like a brick farm house. It's certainly one of the oldest buildings in the area. They've been recommended in Kanata for over twenty years.

      2. For breakfast, go to SconeWitch.

        Otherwise, some of the less traditional (but still affordable) places are:

        Kasbah Village
        Black Tomato
        Absinthe
        Khao Thai
        Domus (more expensive)

        There are more, but I can't think of any right now...

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        1. re: piccola

          For Thai food, I recommend Nokham Thai. This is the place recommended by the Thai Embassy staff. My friends from Thailand also recommends this place.

          1. re: piccola

            I visited Ottawa from Toronto in September and I can vouch for SconeWitch. My wife and I ate there every morning. Great take-out supplies for your hotel room too!

          2. Nokham Thai is indeed very good food, though the ambiance leaves something to be desired. We also like Anna on Holland Ave. for Thai food.

            If you're after unique, I would recommend Savana Cafe on Gilmour St. It's Asian-Caribbean fusion, gorgeous food, nice wine list, not too pricey, and it's in an old heritage house. The two women who own it are lovely and we always have a terrific time there.

            Horn of Africa on Rideau St. is excellent, super-cheap Ethiopian food - again, the room is nothing to look at but the food is great.

            Trio in Westboro has lovely light meals and snacks and a great lounge atmosphere. A few doors down, Village Cafe does stellar brunch.

            Stoneface Dolly's on Preston has unique burgers and sammiches, and fabulous desserts.

            I hope you have a wonderful time!

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            1. re: alicat

              Savana is great and cute to boot. But for Ethopian, I like the place next to Horn of Africa - East African Restaurant, I think? or something like that, anyway.

              If you're into healthy/macrobiotic/vegetarian food in a casual atmosphere, you could go to the Wild Oat in the Glebe. Both the takeout and the onsite foods are fab. And the breads, of course.

              For South Indian, try Curries on Gladstone. It's a nice change from all the Northern Indian places.

            2. Definitely Black Tomato, Von's Bistro and Beckta (though Beckta is maybe too expensive).

              The Black Tomato is on George Street in the Market, next to the Chapters.

              Von's Bistro is on Bank St. in the Glebe: http://www.819bank.com/vonsmenudinner...

              Beckta is my favourite restaurant in Ottawa. It's at Bank & Nepean. Make reservations!
              http://www.beckta.com/

              And I have to admit (reluctantly) that I do have a soft spot (i.e. I have one meal there every time I'm in Ottawa) for The Blue Cactus in the market as well. I love it!

              1. Although out of the stated price range, I wanted to mention Beckta. We had a truly wonderful dinner there a few months back. The food was great, as was the wine list. And, the service was impeccable. 10/10.