The spread - Lola's Kitchen
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Lola’s Kitchen

Address: Delivery and pick-up only Hours: Thursday – Sunday Website: Social media only   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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Datsun

Address: 380 Elgin St, Ottawa Hours: 5pm – 2am (Mon); 5pm – 11pm (Tue – Thu); 5pm – 12am (Fri – Sat) Website: https://eatdatsun.com/   ***During current coronavirus limitations, Datsun is only open for takeout from 4-8pm, Fri-Sun, with pre-ordering on their website. Last winter, I wanted to check out Elgin Street after it had re-opened to traffic and was […]

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Latke eggs benny - Wellington Diner
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The Wellington Diner

Address: 1385 Wellington St W, Ottawa, ON Hours: 7:00am – 9:00pm (everyday) Website: https://www.wellingtondiner.com/   **Note that their menu has changed since my visit, and not all the above items are currently available or have changed, and hours are different during the coronavirus lockdown.    Balance in life is important, so after taking a nice walk in Britannia Park, my […]

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Pelican Seafood Market and Grill

Address: 1500 Bank St, Ottawa Hours: 10am – 8:30pm (Sun); 11:30am – 8:30pm (M–W); 11:30am – 9pm (Th-F); 10am – 9pm (Sat) Website: www.pelicanseafood.ca   **Note that their menu has changed since my visit, and not all the above items are currently available or have changed, and hours are different during the coronavirus lockdown. As a Nova Scotian, I’m always […]

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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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Donair - Shawarma Express
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Ottawa Donair Quest: Shawarma Express

Address: 119 Slater St, Ottawa Hours: 10:30am – 10pm (Mon – Fri); 11am – 10pm (Sat – Sun) Website: http://shawex.ca/     When I was wanting something quick and easy for lunch when meeting my wife downtown, I decided to see how Shawarma Express’ donair was. They’re one of the few donair purveyors who specify having a Halifax-style donair, and […]

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The King Eddy

Address: 45 Clarence St, Ottawa Hours: 7:30am – 1am (Mon – Tue); 7:30am – 12am (Wed); open 24h (Thu – Sun) Website: https://www.kingeddyburgers.com/     After a fun little staycation at a hotel downtown, my wife and I were on the hunt for breakfast in the Byward Market the following day. I had seen some tasty-looking fried chicken and diner […]

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BB Chips Chip Wagon

Address: Cooper at Bank St, Ottawa Hours: 10:30am – 5:30pm (Mon – Fri); closed Sat – Sun Website: Ha! Green factor: Styrofoam containers for poutine and burgers; plastic utensils; no waste bins on site     It’s hard to go more than a block or two in Centretown without hitting a chip wagon, and BB Chips lays claim to the […]

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Jadeland

Address: 625 Somerset St W, Ottawa Hours: 11am – 11pm (Tue – Thu, Sun); 11am – 12am (Fri – Sat); closed Monday Website: http://www.jadeland.com/     There’s a lot of reasons to try out a restaurant you’ve never been to before – curiosity, convenience, wanting to get in on the hype, etc. Less common, however, was my motivation for wanting […]

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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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