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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Toro Taqueria

Address: 210 Slater St, Ottawa Hours: 11am – 2pm (Mon – Tue); 11am – 3pm (Wed – Fri) Website: https://torotaqueria.com/   Opening their doors in Spring 2018, Toro Taqueria has brought a taco-focused menu to the lunch crowd in the heart of downtown Ottawa. Since Toro is only open for a few hours a day, and only on weekdays, it […]

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Dora-Don food truck
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Dora-Don

Address: 42 Holland Ave, Ottawa, ON Hours: 11am- 2 pm, 4pm – 6pm (Mon – Fri) Website: https://dora-don.business.site/ Green factor: Compostable container and utensils; recycling and composting bins. Bravo!   Not all parking lots have food trucks in them. Not all parking lots have wood-clad food trucks in them. But located steps away from the transit and civil servant hub […]

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Pancit and longganisa - Divisoria Market
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Divisoria Market

Address: 1743 Carling Ave, Ottawa, ON Hours: 11am – 6pm (Sun & Tues); closed Monday; 11am – 7pm (Wed – Sat) Website: Facebook only   After donating blood in the west end, I wanted to take the opportunity of being outside my usual environs to try some new food and to replenish my lost red blood cells. Filipino market/restaurant Divisoria […]

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