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Weekend in Ottawa-suggestions?

nummanumma Oct 13, 2008 04:36 PM

We're headed to Ottawa for a fun weekend in November- my husband and I- we're planning on hitting Beckta already- other suggestions? Food is the priority (over ambiance/scene)- pricey is ok. TIA-

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  1. nummanumma Oct 14, 2008 06:25 PM

    Anyone? at all?

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      sloweater Oct 15, 2008 07:20 AM

      Whalebone on Bank Street for oysters and seafood. The Black Tomato for a casual lunch in the market. Simple food with a good vibe.

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      bigos70 Oct 14, 2008 08:56 PM

      Domus Cafe is amazing, finally made it there in May. I have also enjoyed Black Cat - both are in the Market area.

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        millygirl Oct 15, 2008 03:54 AM

        Just outside of Ottawa....La Fougerie. As good as it gets and very beautiful drive.

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          pearlD Oct 15, 2008 10:44 AM

          I agree wholeheartedly with 'millygirl'........DO NOT MISS..... Les Fougeres! STUNNING!!
          They are online as well..........The drive up from the city is short and not onerous. They also have a lovely cookbook for sale and all sorts of take out goodies.

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        Hlrazr Oct 15, 2008 06:06 AM

        Signatures at Le Cordon Bleu Culinary School is a great French restaurant. Service, food prep, plating all reminded me of fine dining in Paris.

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          pmc_boy Oct 15, 2008 09:24 AM

          Good call on Beckta. Great food and service.

          Also agree that Le Cordon Bleu restaurant is very good. They also have started a lunch service which is run by the students so it's cheaper but probably still high quality (you can check out the weekly menu on their website).

          Another fine dining option is Par-fyum in Gatineau.

          For a change of pace, there are two tapas places that are nice initmate restaurants (both close to Beckta). One is called 222 Lyon (this is also the address) and the other is Aroma Meze.

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            lolabella Oct 15, 2008 12:25 PM

            If you're hankerin' for a morning coffee & scone, or a lunchtime sandwich, or late afternoon brownie pick-me-up or whatever, check out Thyme & Again...it's a cafe/catering place with take out or sit in and a really great vibe, great food (I was there maybe a year ago).

            1. medicinejar Oct 15, 2008 12:34 PM

              You might also want to check out an Ottawa foodie discussion board for some indepth Ottawa discussion:



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                apple_cinnamon11 Oct 19, 2008 08:47 PM

                I highly recommend
                Domus Cafe, Murray Street, Sweetgrass Aboriginal Bistro - All of these are on the same street in the market
                East of downtown I highly suggest Fraser Cafe, (make reservations!)
                Whalesbone Oyster House and Wellington Gastropub. All Good!

                1. Bob Catt Oct 20, 2008 04:11 AM

                  When I used to visit Ottawa I'd always drop into Gentle Annie's Irish Pub. It wasan informal, inexpensive and friendly place where you'll be greeted with warm Celtic hospitality. You wouldn't find Gentle Annie's on any "fine dining" lists, but but it was worth a visit. say "was" because after I wrote it up and posted it here with a link, I checked another website, and read this sad listing for a place called "Baker Street": -
                  "Born into the walls that once housed Gentle Annie's Pub (a Westboro institution that deserved a better fate than a slow death at the hands of the Westboro 'development'), Baker Street opened up as a trendy, upscale restaurant which prided itself on its breakfast. In fact, they had a sign up on the window "Ottawa's Best Breakfast".
                  Unfortunately the review for Baker Street was negative.
                  RIP, Gentle Annie's

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                    Bigtigger Oct 20, 2008 06:28 AM

                    For delicious burgers in many varieties, try The Works at any of its several locations.

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                      clion8229 Oct 21, 2008 02:27 PM

                      benny's bistro in the back of the french boulangerie on the corner of murray and dalhousie serves a very nice brunch.

                      in response to bigos70's post, black cat cafe no longer exists.

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                      ceebee1 Oct 22, 2008 06:53 AM

                      I really like Aroma Meze (small plates - Greek). I also second Beckta (!!), Domus and Sweetgrass. A little further out is Wellington Gastropub (on Wellington Street west of the downtown core).

                      In reference to the Black Cat, the downtown location has closed and it is getting ready to re-open on Preston Street (just saw it the other day). Steve Vardy, formerly of Beckta, is the chef.

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