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fraisefatale Oct 11, 2011 06:39 AM

Any Ottawa restaurants that I shouldn't miss during my upcoming trip? Recommendations and thoughts appreciated!

Thanks, Hounds!

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    canada259 Nov 30, 2011 02:01 PM

    Too late?

    Here are some of my personal (modern) favourites:
    http://www.atelierrestaurant.ca/
    http://blackcatbistro.ca/
    http://www.beckta.com/
    http://www.sweetgrassbistro.ca/
    http://www.murraystreet.ca/

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    1. re: canada259
      ingloriouseater Dec 1, 2011 04:19 PM

      i understoond that sweetgrass closed....

      i would add domus to the list

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      poumonsauvage Nov 30, 2011 03:30 PM

      Nah, nothing's really a "must" in Ottawa. The only local thing to get is a beavertail, but that's not a meal. The Black Tomato is decent though.

      1. prima Dec 1, 2011 05:49 PM

        +1 re: Domus
        I also like The Scone Witch (for breakfast or lunch) & Shawarma Palace.

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        Domus
        85 Murray St, Ottawa, ON K1N5M5, CA

        Scone Witch
        388 Albert St, Ottawa, ON K1R5B2, CA

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

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          ceebee1 Dec 5, 2011 01:35 PM

          sorry if this is really late but in addition to canada259's list I would Play, Wellington Gastropub, Navarra and I am really biased to Aroma Meze.

          Lots of great eating in Ottawa.

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          1. re: ceebee1
            prima Dec 5, 2011 01:47 PM

            ceebee1, are there any restaurants you'd recommend in Orleans? Some friends just moved to Orleans, and I'd love to give them a shortlist of decent places for Greek, pizza, pub food, Chinese take-out, Indian take-out or anything else that might be worthwhile in the Orleans area.

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              ceebee1 Dec 6, 2011 08:53 AM

              Hey Prima, wish I could help witht that but I live in the west end and work downtown. I don't know the east end at all.

              A better resource is the Ottawa Foodies website - it's purely local stuff and someone there should be able to help.

              1. re: ceebee1
                prima Dec 6, 2011 10:57 AM

                Thanks ceebee1. I'll send them the link to the Ottawa Foodies website.

                Also, thanks for mentioning Aroma Meze in your earlier post. Which Aroma Meze location do you prefer?

                http://www.aromameze.com/

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                Sweetgrass
                108 Murray St, Ottawa, ON K1N5M6, CA

                Beckta
                226 Nepean St, Ottawa, ON K2P0B8, CA

                The Wellington
                1325 Wellington St W, Ottawa, ON K1Y3B6, CA

                Aroma Meze
                239 Nepean St, Ottawa, ON K2P0B7, CA

                Black Tomato
                11 George St, Ottawa, ON K1N8W5, CA

                Atelier
                540 Rochester Street, Ottawa, ON K1S 4M1, CA

                Black Cat Bistro
                428 Preston St, Ottawa, ON K1S 4N2, CA

                Murray Street
                110 Murray St, Ottawa, ON K1N5M6, CA

                Navarra
                93 Murray St, Ottawa, ON K1N5M5, CA

                Play Food and Wine
                Ottawa, Ottawa, ON , CA

                Aroma Meze
                1335 Wellington St W, Ottawa, ON K1Y3B6, CA

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                  ceebee1 Dec 7, 2011 08:32 AM

                  I usually go to the Nepean Street location but I've also been to the Wellington Street also. I think Wellington Street is a little bigger but both are equally good.

                  1. re: ceebee1
                    prima Jan 2, 2012 11:28 AM

                    ceebee1, which downtown restaurants in Ottawa serve good soup at lunch?

                    Are there any places you'd recommend to pick up a take-out sandwich or take-out salad downtown (to take on the train)?

                    Thanks for any suggestions!

                    1. re: prima
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                      ceebee1 Jan 3, 2012 08:19 AM

                      Hi Prima

                      Happy New Year.

                      For lunches, I like "Lunch" (also known as Think Lunch). There's one on Bank St near Slater and one on Slater between Elgin and Metcalfe. Great chicken club sandwich (sliced chicken breast and good bread - no deli meats!) and good soups. Also good are Bowich at 155 Bank (near Laurier) and there's a couple of nice places on Elgin south of Somerset (one is directly across from St. John's Church - the name escapes me) and the other one is a little further south - Boko. I have a colleague who swears by Bread and Sons at 195 Bank (near Gloucester) but I've never been there.

                      If I feel like getting some exercise and some fresh pita, I head over to the Middle East Bakery on Somerset at Percy (just east of Bronson). I like their tabouleh and tzatiki, add some pita and there's the perfect lunch. Everything's made on site.

                      CB

                      1. re: ceebee1
                        prima Jan 3, 2012 09:25 AM

                        Happy New Year, CB!

                        Thanks so much for your suggestions.

                        Hoping to try Aroma for dinner & a couple lunch spots when I'm in Ottawa. Will report back ;-)

                        1. re: ceebee1
                          prima Jan 9, 2012 02:25 PM

                          Thanks for your suggestions, ceebee1.

                          Ended up trying the veggie kibbeh (stuffed with spinach and chickpeas), zaatar pita, and hot cheese pita at Middle East Bakery (neat place! so is the Middle Eastern shop next door). Also sampled some bbq pork, bbq duck and bbq pork buns from Kowloon Market. Have Jadeland (a former Ottawa-based friend's suggestion) on my to try list for a Chinese restaurant in Chinatown.

                          Ordered the pulled chicken taco brunch special at the Manx, and pollo parmigano at Vittoria Trattoria. Especially friendly and attentive service from Kevin at Rivergate location of Vittoria Trattoria.

                          Surprisingly delicious breakfasts at the Arc Hotel (free to iprefer loyalty cardholders- free to enroll!).

                          Hoping I get around to trying Aroma and some other suggestions next time I'm in Ottawa.

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                          Manx
                          370 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON K2P, CA

                          Jadeland
                          625 Somerset St W, Ottawa, ON K1R5K3, CA

                          Vittoria Trattoria
                          3625 Rivergate Way B1, Ottawa, ON K1V 2A4, CA

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                FrenchSoda Dec 6, 2011 04:45 PM

                +1 on Navarra. The guiancale was amazing. Also the Aglio e Olio pasta.

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