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Hi all!

I'm a regular to the Montreal board, first time on the Ontario board! I'll be in Ottawa at the end of this week for work, staying and working around the corner from the Byward Market. Any suggestions for quick lunches, a breakfast, and a solo dinner (preferably something I can take out). All cuisines welcome, low-moderate price range. Thanks in advance!

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  1. Get to Chez Lucien. Great burger (order it medium), truly awesome fries, reasonable prices, and excellent draught beers. Don't take out, sit at the casual bar for your solo dinner. Very friendly place and usually good music.

    Also try and get to Shawarma Palace on Rideau for lunch. Crazy good Lebanese.

    Breakfast : Scone Witch.

    1. If you are looking for breakfast/brunch in the Byward Market area i could recommend Benny's Bistro and Murray Street Market. Scone Witch is also an excellent breakfast recommendation but a bit of a hike from the market.

      As for lunches I could recommend La Bottega or the Sausage Kitchen both of which serve sandwiches in the $5 to $6 range. La Bottega also has a small restaurant in the back of the store that serves hot meals and are generally under $10 IIRC. i could also recommend Planet Coffee (lunches are generally under $10) and there are lots of really good lunch spots in the Byward Market Square (you will see a Rocky Mountain chocolate store immediately on entering). Lunches there can range in the $10 to $15 range. I have eaten at all of the places except the sushi shop (mostly because I am tired of sushi-;) and they are all very good. There is also a new establishment called Olive and Chili facing the north side of the Byward Market Square and they have cold dishes available such as sandwiches and salads and a hot buffet. All the places I recommended offer dine-in or take-out.

      As for dinner I can recommend Café Shafali on Dalhousie since the food is good and they offer take-out in addition to eating in. I could also recommend the Smoque Shack. 'm not sure if they offer take-out but it's worth a visit if you don't mind dining solo. If you don't mind taking a stroll I could also recommend El Camino - a new Mexican place on Elgin Street about a 20 minute walk from the market. They have a take-out window at the front of the restaurant. But if you decide to eat in make sure to ask to sit at the bar facing the kitchen. They've got quite a production going on in there so that bar is a popular place to sit.

      Enjoy your visit.

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      1. re: ottawaoperadiva

        + 1 for benny's bistro. I didn't get to try it myself but I have heard nothing but good things about Scone Witch.

        1. re: Apple

          Thanks for the recommendations everyone! It's much appreciated. Are all these walking distance from the market?

          1. re: chefjeannine

            Yes they are all in the market except Scone Witch and El Camino. Scone Witch is on Albert just past Lyon maybe a 15 minute walk or so from the market. El Camino is on Elgin at Gladstone about a 20 minute walk from the market.

            1. re: ottawaoperadiva

              Perfect, thanks for your help everyone!