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pirade Oct 9, 2007 07:38 AM

I need a dinner rec for a Saturday night in Ottawa. We are staying near the Byward Market. There will be 8 of us, including an 80 year old couple and a vegetarian (who doesn't like mushrooms!). I am looking for something reasonably priced (mains around $20) with good portions (3 teenage boys!). It doesn't have to be fancy, and probably won't be at that price, but it should be pleasant with decent food.

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    snackboy Oct 12, 2007 12:50 AM

    Hi Parade,

    My wife an I just got back from visiting friends in Ottawa and they took us to a great little Italian/Portuguese Restaurant . . . It's called Cafe Spiga and it is very close to the market (within a couple of blocks) . . . They have a price fix menu that was fantastic!!! . . . They include choice of appetizer, main and dessert (I had the mussels in a fennel broth for my appetizer. which were great) and for my main I had the Veal Saltimbocca which came with a side pasta (it to was awesome!!) . . . and for dessert we had the Tiramisu which was the best we had ever had . . . The 3 courses were 28.00 before tax . . . The portions were quite generous and our server was very friendly . . . I cannot say enough good about this place!! . . . My wife also had the Salt Cod baked with chickpeas, onions and hot peppers in an olive oil sauce and it was great as well . . . I think you'll be very satisfied with this place as they have all kinds of foods on there regular menu as well . . . I've included a link for the restaurant.

    If you go let me know what you think...

    http://http://www.cafespiga.com//

    SB

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      pgfuzz Oct 12, 2007 04:24 PM

      If you are interested in less conventional fare, you might want to look up "Sweetgrass Aboriginal Bistro" located at 108 Murray Street. I hope it is still there... last time I had dinner there was about 2 years ago.

      It offers really tasty First Nations cuisine. I wished there was someplace like this in Toronto.

      Here's a weblink that might be helpful to you:

      "www.ottawaxpress.ca / food / food.aspx? iIDArticle=92"

      I agree with SnackBoy that Cafe Spiga is also a good option if you want to stick to more conventional fare.

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        vorpal Oct 12, 2007 08:07 PM

        I've not been myself, but I've never heard anything but absolutely glowing things about Sweetgrass. It's at the top of my "to-try" restaurant list next time I'm in Ottawa, and I can't wait.

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          pirade Oct 13, 2007 07:07 PM

          The Sweetgrass menu looks fabulous and if I was on my own I would go, but some of the dishes are too unconventional for some in our party. Do you know anything about Blue Cactus? They seem to have a lot of vegetarian choices.

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            vorpal Oct 13, 2007 07:40 PM

            Avoid it at ALL COSTS. It's one of the worst rated restaurants over on ottawafoodies.com:

            http://www.ottawafoodies.com/vendor/87

            I have never seen a rating even approach as low as -10 for a restaurant on there before, and I've never read anyone say a single good thing about this place. Just say no.

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              pgfuzz Oct 15, 2007 01:30 PM

              Blue Cactus is traditional tex-mex fare. Similar type of feel to the restaurant as East Side Marios. Mostly univeristy students hang out there. I would avoid it.

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                kgoffin Oct 18, 2007 10:47 AM

                Avoid Blue Cactus. You might want to look at Domus on Murry St. Their food is made with fresh local ingredients although you might find it a bit pricey. You could also check out the Black Tomato. They have a very large menu so there might be something for everyone. It's pretty casual and I have had some good meals there. Nothing fabulous but good.

            2. Jacquilynne Oct 15, 2007 01:34 PM

              Adding some links to these Ottawa places to the thread so people can find this discussion later.

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              Cafe Spiga
              271 Dalhousie St, Ottawa, ON K1N7E5, CA

              Sweetgrass
              108 Murray St, Ottawa, ON K1N5M6, CA

              Blue Cactus
              2 Byward Market Sq, Ottawa, ON K1N7A1, CA

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