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Oct 11, 2011 06:39 AM

Ottawa Restos Not To Miss?

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

Thanks, Hounds!

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    1. re: canada259

      i understoond that sweetgrass closed....

      i would add domus to the list

    2. 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. +1 re: Domus
        I also like The Scone Witch (for breakfast or lunch) & Shawarma Palace.

        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

        1. 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

            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.

            1. re: prima

              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

                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?


                108 Murray St, Ottawa, ON K1N5M6, CA

                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

                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

                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

                1. re: prima

                  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

                    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

                      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.


                      1. re: ceebee1

                        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

                          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.

                          370 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON K2P, CA

                          625 Somerset St W, Ottawa, ON K1R5K3, CA

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

              2. re: ceebee1

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