Meryenda Ottawa
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Meryenda

Address: 1448 Prince of Wales Dr, Ottawa, ON Hours: 11:00am – 3:00pm (M); 11:00am – 7:00pm (Tue-Sat); 11:00am – 4:00pm (Sun) Website: http://infomeryenda.wixsite.com/kainpo Green factor: Compostable and recyclable containers; garbage and recycling bins only   Tucked away in the commercial expanse and generic, concrete apartment buildings that populate the corner of Prince of Wales and Meadowlands, lies a food truck. […]

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Cochinita and barbacoa tacos - Yakko Takko
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Yakko Takko

Address: 25 Hamilton Ave N, Ottawa, ON Hours: 11:00am – 3:00pm, 5:00pm – 9:00pm (M-Sat); Sunday the same but opens at noon Website: Yeah, but it’s way out of date. Check their Facebook for quasi-accurate information. Green factor: Styrofoam containers   In this day and age of technological hocus pocus, it’s rare to see a food truck vendor that isn’t actively on […]

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Tacos - Nacho Cartel
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Nacho Cartel

Address: 200 Wilbrod St, Ottawa ON Hours: 11:00am – 3:00pm (M-Th), 11:00am – 7:00pm (F), 1:30pm – 6:30pm, (Sat), closed Sundays. Also on Street Food App. Website: https://www.nachocartel.com/ Green factor: Metal trays for dining in, not sure about take-out. Garbage and recycling bins, no compost.   Coming from Halifax, where there’s not a lot of good options for Mexican or […]

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Tamis Cafe

Address: 103 Fourth Ave, Ottawa, ON Hours: 9:30am – 7pm (M, W-Th); closed Tues; 9:30am – 7pm (F-Sa); 10am – 6pm (Sun) Website: www.tamiscafe.ca   As with many things in life, when you have your established paths and businesses that you frequent, it’s easy for the rest to pass you by in the blur of your peripheral vision while you go about […]

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Korean fried chicken - Table 85
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Table 85

Address: 610 Bronson Avenue, Ottawa Hours: 12:00pm – 9:00pm (Tue-Fri); 12:00pm – 4:00pm (Sat); closed Sunday – Monday Website: No website, Facebook only   Wanting to go out for dinner, but being motivationally restricted by a flash freeze and freezing rain, I remembered that Table 85 was just a block away from our apartment. I’d read good things about this […]

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The orange truck itself - Mexigo Cabana
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Mexigo Cabana

Address: 1217 Walkley Rd, Ottawa, ON Hours: 11:00 – 7:00pm (Mon-Sat); closed Sunday (hours from their infrequently updated Facebook) Website: No, sir Green factor: Recycling for bottles. Styrofoam containers.   When you’re a mobile food vendor, you have to use all the available tools at your disposal to make your (literally) small business as visible as possible. Mexigo Cabana puts their best digital […]

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Cevapi - - Skela Bosnian Deli
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Skela Bosnian Deli

Address: 956 Merivale Rd, Ottawa, ON Hours: Closed Monday, 10:00am – 7:00pm (Tu-Fri), 10:00am – 5:00pm (Sat-Sun) Website: Ha! Noooo   When you say the words “I’m going to go to a Bosnian deli/grocery/restaurant”, unless you’re of Slavic heritage, you might get a quizzical look or comments like “We have one of those around here?”. However, my wife is more […]

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Kasbushi kebab and lavash - Fairouz

Fairouz

Address: 343 Somerset St W, Ottawa, ON Hours: 5:00pm – 9:30pm (Sun-Wed), 5:00pm – 10:00pm (Thu-Sat) Website: https://www.fairouz.ca/   Last year when I was looking for a place for my wife and I to celebrate our second anniversary, I was reminded of how generally unenthused I am by the upper ends of Ottawa’s dining scene. “Modern” menus with the same five proteins, […]

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Rico Peru

Address: Kent and Laurier (typically) Hours: Street Food App Ottawa Website: http://www.ricoperu.ca/  (leave the sound on for some sweet Peruvian, spaghetti western-esque tunes)   Over the past two food truck seasons, I was able to hit up Peruvian food truck Rico Peru on a couple occasions – once at a small food truck rally, and a second time at their regular spot […]

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Shameless gorging in 3, 2, 1... - La Cabana
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La Cabana Pupuseria y Restaurante

Address: 848 Merivale Rd, Ottawa, ON Hours: 12:00pm – 9:00pm (M), closed (Tue), 12:00pm – 9:00pm (Wed-Sun) Website: http://lacabana.ca/   Located just off Carling, in an unassuming strip mall that it inhabits along with a South Asian grocery, La Cabana (and the Latin American grocery it shares space with) is a place I’ve passed by many times, but never visited. However, […]

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