Korean fried chicken with pickled daikon
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Kitchen Maroo

Address: 710 Gladstone Ave, Ottawa Hours: 12 – 8pm (Sun); 11:30am – 9pm (Mon, Wed – Sat); closed Tuesdays (hours may vary during/after pandemic) Website: Social media only   Late in the summer of 2020, Kitchen Maroo, a Korean restaurant with fusion leanings, quietly replaced Gina’s Café at Gladstone and Bronson. Since then, they’ve been stacking up accolades in local […]

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Jamaican patties at Run 2 Patty
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Run2Patty

Address: 853 Boyd Ave, Ottawa Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon – Fri); 5pm – 10pm (Sat – Sun) Website: https://run2patty.ca/     I had been hearing lots of good things about Run2Patty on social media, so I recently made the effort to finally try them out. Hidden among a dreary swath of commercial/light industrial buildings just off Carling and Clyde, […]

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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: 250 City Centre (Unit 232), Ottawa Hours: Thursday – Sunday Website: https://www.lolaskitchen613.com/   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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