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Feb 29, 2012 11:17 AM

Where to eat in Ottawa?

We will be attending a meeting for 5 days. I am the plus one. My birthday is included in the dates of the meeting. Are there some special restaurants to try? We will eat most anything, but when travelling like to eat what the locals eat. Suggestions?

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  1. I went to school in Ottawa and miss Derienzo's in little italy. Best 5 dollar lunch ever.

    Great great sandwiches.

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    1. re: Jakis

      Seconding DiRienzo's. Make sure you go to the real deal at 111 Beech St. That location is the original. The others aren't related. They serve probably the best deli sandwich in town. They have a large variety of Italian meats that they would slice when you order the sandwich... which pretty much guarantees freshness. A warning: There is usually a giant lineup during the lunch hours (11AM~1:30AM or so), so expect to wait 10-15 minutes to get to the front of the line. Get yourself a sandwich (my favourite is the Paradise de Paolo), a cannoli, and head to the park across the street and enjoy an outdoor picnic.

      I'd also recommend a place called Les Grillades on Wellington West (85 Holland Avenue). Lebanese food cooked over real charcoal. They also serve the traditional raw meat kebbe if you call at least one day ahead. If you're going on a Friday, call ahead since there is usually a line of cars with diplomatic plates enjoying a post service meal.

      While Wellington Gastropub is a great restaurant for a fancy meal, getting a last minute reservation may be difficult. I think The Courtyard is a decent alternative. It's located in the middle of Byward Market (21 George Street). They have a nice tasting menu, and its sous chef is currently on Top Chef Canada...

      One particular stop I would not miss is The Works. It's an Ottawa burger institution. One look at the menu and you'll be hooked.

    2. Back Lane Cafe
      Hintonburg Public House
      Wellington Gastropub
      Play Food and Wine
      Murray Street
      Fraser Cafe

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      1. re: Chicas

        Seconding Murray St, it's my new must-do when I'm in Ottawa. Equally great alone at the bar with a cheese plate and a glass of wine or a full meal with my husband.

        1. re: ryantlo

          Second Shawarma Palace.

          Also recommend Domus.

          I like Middle East Bakery, too. No place to sit, but a great place to pick up some take-home dips and pitas.

          85 Murray St, Ottawa, ON K1N5M5, CA

          Courtyard Restaurant
          21 George St, Ottawa, ON K1N, CA

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

          Fraser Cafe
          143 Putman Ave, Ottawa, ON K1M, CA

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

          Play Food and Wine
          Ottawa, Ottawa, ON , CA

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

        2. you can try

          the chef just won the gold medal at the canadian culinary championships, though not sure what that is...

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          1. re: Pigurd

            Ate at a Mexican place downtown this past weekend that was really good. I think the name was ahora. Also hear good things about the smoque shack.

          2. Tacos at Sidedoor during happy hour. The chef is on this season's top chef canda. Its 9$ during reg hours, 6$ during hh. I dont think they're worth 9$. Think gourmet tacos like what you see on Eat St.

            Smoqueshack in the market for southern bbq. Better than fatboys which also just opened in the mkt.

            Whalesbone for oysters on bank.

            But if you got wheels, id go to the quebec side. I really like the resto at the wakefield inn and the lac leamy hilton, or fougere but not cheap.

            I also like the burgers at chez lucien in the mkt. 10$ for a burger and side.