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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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Ochos Rios

Address: 1800 Bank St, Unit #15, Ottawa Hours: 12pm – 8pm (Tue – Thu); 11am – 9pm (Fri – Sat); closed Sunday – Monday Website: https://www.ochorioscaribbean.com     While heading to Billings Bridge, I made a side excursion to Ochos Rios, a small, Caribbean restaurant located in a strip mall near Bank and Walkley. I arrived in the early afternoon, […]

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Jigg's dinner - Petit Bill's
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Petit Bill’s Bistro

Address: 1293 Wellington St W, Ottawa Hours: 11:30am – 8:30pm (Mon), – 9pm (Tue), – 9:30pm (Wed-Thu), – 10pm (Fri-Sat); 4 – 8:30pm (Sun) Website: https://www.petitbillsbistro.com/     Ottawa, being the national capital of a bilingual country, and just across the river from Quebec, has plenty of French restaurants. It doesn’t have much in the way of Newfoundland cuisine, and […]

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Si Senor Mexican Street Food

Address: 506 Rideau St, Ottawa Hours: 12 – 9pm (Tue – Thu); 12pm – midnight (Fri – Sat); 12 – 4pm (Sun); closed Monday Website: https://www.sisenor.ca/     Possibly the best thing about Rideau Street as it currently exists is that it’s a great incubator for mom and pop restaurants with cuisine from all over the world. Take a stroll […]

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Tacos - Ola Cocina
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Ola Cocina

Address: 62 Barrette St, Ottawa Hours: 11:30am – 8:30pm (Tue-Thu); 11:30am – 9pm (Fri); 11am-9pm (Sat); 10am – 3pm (Sun); closed Mondays Website: http://www.olacocina.ca/     One rainy evening after I got off work, my wife and I made our way to try out the tacos at Ola Cocina in Vanier. By the time we arrived, the rain had let […]

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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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