Pork rice bowl - Bap by Raon
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Bap by Raon

Address: 124 Bank St, Ottawa Hours: 11am – 2pm (Mon – Fri) Website: https://www.raonkitchen.com/pages/bap-food-truck Green factor: Bowl was compostable, as are chopsticks   The Bap by Raon Kitchen cart is a familiar feature downtown on Bank Street, slinging their Korean food to the office lunch crowd. I was off from work on a sunny spring day, so I made the […]

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Bar area - Kuidaore Izakaya
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Kuidaore Izakaya

Address: 420 Preston St, Ottawa Hours: 5-11pm (Tue); 12-11pm (Wed-Thu); 12pm-12am (Fri-Sat); 12-10pm (Sun); closed Mondays Website: http://kuidaoreizakaya.ca/   As a voracious consumer of both food and food-related media, I was excited when I found out that there was an izakaya called Kuidaore on Preston Street in Little Italy. If you’re not familiar with izakayas, they’re effectively Japanese tapas bars, specializing […]

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Caribbean Cruiser food truck
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Caribbean Cruiser

Address and hours: O’Connor and Laurier, and they’re very good at keeping their Street Food app info up-to-date Website: http://thecaribbeancruiser.com/ Green factor: Styrofoam containers, plastic utensils; no waste bins on site     After nearly two years of living in Ottawa, and another two making frequent visits, I’ve become acquainted with a lot of the food trucks in the city, especially […]

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Koichi signature ramen - Koichi Ramen
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Koichi Ramen

Address: 832 Somerset St W, Ottawa Hours: 11:30am – 10pm (Sun – Sat) Website: https://koichiramen.com/     It wasn’t that long ago that ramen noodles in Canada were solely associated with packs of 25-cent noodles with flavour packets that I can only assume were made of some sort of super-concentrated salt. However, as Canadians’ tastes, and the immigrants coming to […]

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Green Papaya Thai Wagon
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Green Papaya Thai Wagon

Address and hours – Varies; check their Street Food app page Website: https://www.greenpapaya.ca/     This mobile branch of local Thai food chain Green Papaya seems to set up primarily at festivals and events rather than a regular schedule, and it was on such an occasion when I caught up with it at last year’s Tulip Festival set up at […]

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Storefront - Subito Sandwich
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Subito Sandwich

Address: 389 Gladstone Ave, Ottawa Hours: 10am – 7pm (Mon); 10am – 8pm (Tue – Fri); 11am – 6pm Sat); closed Sun Website: http://www.subitosandwich.com/   I don’t come from a place with a strong culinary tradition of cold cut sandwiches. Nova Scotia has its seafood, donairs, Acadian cuisine, and even a shocking assortment of styles of pizza – but beyond […]

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Two-taco platter - Tacolot
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Tacolot

Address: 999 Wellington St W, Ottawa Hours: 12pm – 8pm (Tue – Sun); closed Mondays Website: Facebook only   After trying and failing to hit up Bread By Us for their weekly donair lunch special (which I eventually tried successfully), I went to the nearby Tacolot for some taco consolation. I’ve been by the Tacolot shack several times but have […]

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Korean fried chicken - The Fry
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The Fry

Address: 280 Elgin St, Ottawa Hours: 11:30am – 12am (Mon – Thu); 11:30am – 2am (Fri); 12pm – 2am (Sat); 12:30pm – 12am (Sun) Website: https://thefry.ca/     Like any other sane, honest human being, I thoroughly enjoy fried chicken. I’ve eaten my fair share of KFC and even the stuff in the deli section at Sobeys. In more recent […]

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Dumplingtown - Roku bar + bites
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Roku bar + bites

Address: 610 Somerset St W, Ottawa Hours: 6 – 10pm (Tue – Thu); 6 – “late” (Fri – Sat); 11am – 3pm (Sun); closed Mon Website: https://www.rokubarbites.com/     Procrastination rarely works out, and that’s certainly true for food bloggers as memories fade, and all you’re left with are vague feelings and a bunch of pictures on your phone. Such […]

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Interior - Yummy Meat Pies
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Yummy Meat Pies

Address: 856 Bank St, Ottawa Hours: 11am – 11pm (M – Thu), 2pm – 12am (F), 11am – 12am (Sat), 11am – 10pm (Sun) Website: https://www.yummy-pies.com/   When Yummy Meat Pies opened up in the Glebe earlier this year, I mistakenly thought that they specialized in the hearty, British-style pies that are meat-heavy and wrapped in pastry. I was impressively […]

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