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Hi Ontario hounds, in a few month, I'll become one of you. I was wondering: is there any really good eats that would fit my poor student budget around UOttawa?

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  1. Govinda's Vegetarian Buffet

    http://ottawa.iskcon.ca/

    Review:

    http://www.ottawaxpress.ca/food/food....
    It's run by Hare Krishnas but I hear the food is good and dirt cheap!

    My friends love the Poutine at Father and Sons which is pretty cheap.

    Quite a few Shwarma joints not that far.

    Don't buy stuff from the cafeteria- huge rip off. Go to the PIVIK (store in the Student Union-everything (drinks etc) is much cheaper.

    There are also two Tim Horton's on Campus but neither have sammies. Just the baked goods and coffee. One in the student union and one in the SITE building- Engineering.

    The U is right downtown and therefore close to the Byward Market- good place to buy produce in the summer and fairly cheap.

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    Byward Cafe
    55 Byward Market Sq, Ottawa, ON K1N9C3, CA

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    1. re: salsailsa

      Thanks for the info!

      Is Byward market a farmer market that operate all year long? since during summer theres a high chance that i'll be back in my hometown of montreal.

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      Byward Cafe
      55 Byward Market Sq, Ottawa, ON K1N9C3, CA

      1. re: vanierstudent

        The outdoor vendorrs usually last until late fall and start early spring. They're pretty die hard but sadly, winter sets in and all the outdoor stuff is closed. There are still a lot of food shops and the Market building has all kinds of small food kiosques which I think are reasonably priced.

        As for the larger restaurants in the market, they tend to be somewhat tourist traps.

    2. Hi,

      We just visited Ottawa and found that the Shawarma Palace at 464 Rideau St. was probably the best Chicken Shawarma we've ever had (in our opinion). It's a ton of food for a reasonable price.

      Enjoy.

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      Shawarma Palace
      464 Rideau St, Ottawa, ON K1N5Z4, CA

      Rideau Restaurant
      7780 Becketts Landing Rd, Kemptville, ON K0G, CA

      1. Ahora Mexican food on Dalhousie at Clarence is great! It's like a self-serve cafeteria, but the food is delicious, filling, and reasonable. Go to Nicastro's Bottega on George for great sandwiches. The Sausage Kitchen, also in the market makes their own sausages and you can get the sausage of the day, as well as fresh sauerkraut, perogies etc.

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        Ahora
        307 Dalhousie St, Ottawa, ON K1N7E8, CA

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        1. re: pavlova

          Those suggestions sounds absolutely awesome=). thank you guys

        2. There's Perfection-Satisfaction-Promise, a veggie place on Laurier near King Edward. A little further, a couple of Ethiopian places on Rideau across from the ByTowne theatre,

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          Rideau Restaurant
          7780 Becketts Landing Rd, Kemptville, ON K0G, CA

          1. I reccomend getting a copy of Cheap Eats Ottawa. It's updated yearly.

            One place I like is Brown Loaf Bakery on Elgin St at Somerset. Not really close to the Uni but not too far on a nice day.

            Avoid the Byward Market - it's a tourist area. There are a few local farmers who sell there but not too many. Most of the vendors are re-sellers. The City of Ottawa (they own the Market) is making an effort to distinguish between farmers and resellers but your best bet is the farmer's market at Lansdowne Park - all local.

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            Byward Cafe
            55 Byward Market Sq, Ottawa, ON K1N9C3, CA

            Elgin Cafe
            100 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON K1P5K8, CA

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            1. re: ceebee1

              I think 'avoid the Byward Market' is an ill-informed blanket statement. Also the original poster was looking for cheap eats near U of O, not exactly Lansdowne. Yes, there are resellers in the market, but there are also many local farmers who have been selling there for generations. The market also has nice butcher shops, fish shops, cheese shops, and many other food shops, so it is a worthwhile, and, often, a one-stop shopping destination. I do hope the city gets the reseller issue sorted, but this is no reason to avoid the area. You can always ask, and vendors that grow their own always have a sign proudly indicating where the produce is from. It's local and fresh and cheap. Obviously the guy selling pineapple and mangoes is not local, but his prices are better than Loblaws!
              And yes, there are touristy spots, but everyone needs a Beavertail once in a while!
              OP, the farmers' market at Lansdowne is also lovely, and it's definitely worth going, but to stock your pantry rather than just for a snack.
              Enjoy Ottawa!

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              Beavertails
              1200 Blvd St Laurent, Ottawa, ON K1K3B8, CA

              1. re: pavlova

                Actually, he did ask about the farmer's market in the Byward Market. Check the third post. As such, I would avoid it.

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                Byward Cafe
                55 Byward Market Sq, Ottawa, ON K1N9C3, CA

                1. re: ceebee1

                  Hey, thank for the report guys. Is Byward Market anything like the Jean-talon Market in montreal? or is it really an overhyped touristy kind of place?

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                  Byward Cafe
                  55 Byward Market Sq, Ottawa, ON K1N9C3, CA

                  1. re: vanierstudent

                    It's nowhere nearly as nice as Jean-Talon, but it's not altogether horrible. Worth a look.

              2. re: ceebee1

                I've shopped all three farmers markets, and if you are looking for budget eats, Lansdowne is the most expensive of all three markets in Ottawa (Byward, Parkdale, Lansdowne). Speaking as a student on a budget, I went once, admired the products but left empty handed because I felt prices were too high or cheaper elsewhere.