Diners
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Al’s Diner

Address: 834 Clyde Ave, Ottawa Hours: 7am – 3pm (Mon – Wed, Sat – Sun ); 7am – 8pm (Thu – Fri) (current pandemic hours) Website: http://www.alsdiner.ca/   Since I’m centrally located in Ottawa, anytime I’m outside my normal stomping grounds, I try to make hay while the sun is shining and visit new-to-me restaurants. It was with that mindset […]

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Zydeco Smokeshack
Donairs
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Ottawa Donair Quest: Zydeco Smokeshack

Address: 25 Hamilton St, Ottawa Hours: 11am – 2pm (M-W), 11am – 6pm (F), 12 – 6pm (Sat – Sun) (at time of writing, varies seasonally) Website: https://www.zydecosmokeshack.com/     Earlier this year, Zydeco Smokeshack opened in the food hut on Hamilton at Wellington, in the space formerly occupied by Yakko Takko. This slinger of smoked meats and southern comfort […]

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Classic poutine - Northern Bites
Food Trucks
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Northern Bites

Address: 298 Preston St, Ottawa Hours: 11am – 8pm daily Website: Social media only Green factor: Mix of compostable and Styrofoam containers, plastic utensils; garbage bin on site     This rustic-looking trailer set up shop on Preston Street in the spring in the spot which has seen food trucks like Real McCoy Burgers & Fries, and Mr. Panino in […]

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Truck - Tommy's Chip Wagon
Food Trucks
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Tommy’s Chip Wagon

Address: 1249 Wellington St W, Ottawa (by the BMO) Hours: 11am – 5pm (Mon – Fri) Green factor: Styrofoam containers, plastic utensils, no waste or recycling bins on site   While Tommy’s Chip Wagon certainly isn’t made out of marble, it is just as much a fixture on Wellington Street as the eclectic sculptures that dot this west end neighbourhood.  […]

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Smashburger - True North Eats
Food Trucks
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True North Eats

Address: 1666 Bank St, Ottawa Hours: 11am – 6pm (Tue – Sun); closed Monday Website: https://truenortheats.com/ (not in service as of writing) Green factor: Recyclable and compostable containers; no bins on site   The pandemic has forced huge changes on all of us, and small business owners have had many wrenches thrown into their typical business plans. The folks at […]

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Diverseating Food Trucks
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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
Diverseating
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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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Chinese Food
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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
Diners
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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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Fancy Pants Eats
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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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