Pork and shiitake dumplings - The Belmont
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The Belmont

Address: 1169 Bank St, Ottawa, ON Hours: 5:00pm – midnight (Wed – Thu); 5:00 – 1am (Fri – Sat); 10:00am – 3:00pm (Sun); closed (Mon – Tue) Website: http://www.belmontottawa.com/   Looking to have a bite before a show at the Mayfair, The Belmont popped into my mind as both a convenient location and a place that my wife and I had been […]

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Hamburger - McDonald's Brussels
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McDonald’s – Brussels

Address: Place de la Bourse 3, 1000 Brusells, Belgium Website: https://www.mcdonalds.be Michelin stars: 0 After a day of tourist-ing, beer, and waffles, my wife and I were primed for what all lame, North American tourists should do while abroad: try out the local McDonald’s to see what’s different there. The closest one to us in Brussels’ old city was just minutes away from […]

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La caille - L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon
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L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon

Address: 5 Rue Montalembert, 75007 Paris, France Website: https://www.joel-robuchon.com/ Michelin stars: 2   On a previous vacation, I had eaten at the Las Vegas L’Atelier location after Michelin had pulled out of Vegas (grrr…), so it seemed fitting that I dine at the two-starred Paris operation for our high-end dining experience in France. L’Atelier’s modus operandi is an open kitchen surrounded by […]

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Mushrooms on toast with black truffle and a poached egg - Riviera
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Riviera

Address: 62 Sparks St, Ottawa ON Hours: Lunch: 11:30am – 2:30pm (Mon-Fri); Dinner: 5:00pm – 10:00pm (Mon-Wed), 5:00pm – 11:00pm (Th-Sat), 5:00pm – 9:00pm (Sun) Website: http://www.dineriviera.com/   My small-town side really shows when it comes to places like Riviera. Back in my hometown, you only need a reservation when you have a large group – and even then it’s […]

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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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