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African BBQ House

Address: 385 Tompkins Ave, Ottawa Hours: 11am – 9pm daily (hours may differ during and after the pandemic) Website: Socials only; also on UberEats     When life pulled me out to Orleans recently, that meant one thing: trying a new-to-me restaurant! Well, that and booking a CommunAuto for these cross-town errands. My target of choice was African BBQ House, […]

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Ariana Kabab House

Address: 2677 Alta Vista Dr, Ottawa Hours: 12 – 9pm (daily; hours may vary during/after pandemic) Website: https://arianakababhouse.com/     One of the biggest untold food stories in Ottawa (in mainstream publications anyway) is the explosion of Middle Eastern and Central Asian businesses in areas like Bayshore and Ottawa South. Restaurants, cafes, and groceries of all types have sprung up […]

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Plantain burger - Tipikliz
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Tipikliz

Address: 4025 Innes Rd, Unit #10, Orléans, ON Hours: 12 – 9pm (Mon – Sat); closed Sunday (hours may vary during and after pandemic) Website: Socials only – Facebook, Instagram   I’m not out in Orleans very often, so when out that way last month, I had to make hay while the sun was shining and try some new-to-me food. […]

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Island Flava

Address: 409 Dalhousie St, Ottawa Hours: 11:30am – 10pm (Mon-Fri), 12pm – 10pm (Sat), closed Sundays Website: http://islandflava.ca/     Now that I’m well, well beyond my big partying years, the main thing that interests me about the Byward Market/Lowertown area is the variety of foods available there. Some of the best Mexican food in the city is there, and […]

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Linda Maria Food Truck

Address: 2003 St. Joseph Blvd, Orleans, ON Hours: 11am – 3pm (Tue-Wed, Sat), 11am – 5pm (Thu-Fri) Website: https://www.lindamaria.ca/ Green factor: Garbage bin on site, no recycling; compostable container, plastic utensils   Earlier this year, during the spring of ‘Rona, I found out about a new taco-focused food truck out in Orleans – Linda Maria. Being car-less, and living and […]

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The spread - Lola's Kitchen
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Lola’s Kitchen

Address: Delivery and pick-up only Hours: Thursday – Sunday Website: Social media only   Social media isn’t always a bad thing, and I was recently reminded of this when I discovered Lola’s Kitchen while cruising my blog’s Instagram account. It turns out that following over 1000 local restaurants and foodies is a good way to hear about new openings (and […]

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Ceylonta

Address: 403 Somerset St W, Ottawa Hours: 11:30am – 2pm, 5 – 9pm (M – F); 5 – 9pm (Sat); 12 – 2pm, 5 – 9pm (Sun) Website: https://www.ceylonta.com/en/     I recently met my wife at this hole-in-the-wall on one of Somerset’s less glamourous sections. It was one of those rainy weekday evenings when you just don’t want to […]

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Mi Bello Colombia - La Fiesta Latina
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La Fiesta Latina

Address: 565 Somerset St W, Ottawa Hours: 11am – 8pm (Tue – Sat)’ 11am – 6pm (Sun); closed Monday Website: https://www.lafiestalatina.ca/     It’s always exciting when a new restaurant opens near your home, and all the more when it’s Latin American – at least in my opinion. La Fiesta Latina opened on the eastern edge of Chinatown in the […]

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Izakaya Shingen

Address: 201 Bank St, Ottawa Hours: 5pm – 10pm (Sun – Thu); 5pm – 1am (Fri – Sat) Website: https://izakayashingen.com/     Earlier this winter, my wife and I stopped by Izakaya Shingen to refuel and reheat after taking a stroll downtown to see Christmas lights. The décor eschews the typical clean-cut, minimalist design of sushi restaurants, with an eclectic […]

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Polka Delicatessen

Address: 1574 Walkley Rd, Ottawa Hours: 10:30am – 6pm (Tue); 9:30am – 6pm (Wed); 9:30am – 7pm (Thu); 9am – 8pm (Fri); 8:30am – 4pm (Sat); closed Sun-Mon Website: Ha!     While looking up directions to the Drive Test Ontario office on Walkley to complete my bureaucratic transition to being an Ontarian, I noticed that Polish deli Polka Delicatessen […]

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