Croquettes and grilled halloumi - Bar Laurel
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Bar Laurel

Address: 1087 Wellington St W Hours: 5:30pm – midnight (Mon – Thu); 5:30pm – 2am (Fri – Sat); closed Sunday Website: http://www.barlaurel.ca     When looking for a place to go for a nice anniversary dinner with my wife, one stuck out from my literal list of restaurants I have yet to try – Bar Laurel. We’re both fans of […]

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Donair and heirloom salad - OCCO Kitchen
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OCCO Kitchen

Address: 160 Bay St, Ottawa Hours: 7am – 10pm (Mon-Thu); 7am – 11pm (Fri); 8am – 11pm (Sat); 8am – 10pm (Sun) Website: https://www.occokitchen.com/take-out I heard from a co-worker who was aware of my #OttawaDonairQuest about the downtown location of OCCO Kitchen having a donair, so I made my way there for a lunch date with my wife to see […]

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Pork rice bowl - Bap by Raon
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Bap by Raon

Address: 124 Bank St, Ottawa Hours: 11am – 2pm (Mon – Fri) Website: https://www.raonkitchen.com/pages/bap-food-truck Green factor: Bowl was compostable, as are chopsticks   The Bap by Raon Kitchen cart is a familiar feature downtown on Bank Street, slinging their Korean food to the office lunch crowd. I was off from work on a sunny spring day, so I made the […]

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Trailer circa 2017 - Golden Fries and The Grilled Cheeserie
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Golden Fries and The Grilled Cheeserie

Address: 6505 Jeanne D’Arc Blvd N, Orléans, ON; also at events and festivals Hours: 11am – 8pm (Sun – Sat) Website: https://www.goldenfries.ca/ Green factor: Compostable containers, plastic utensils     When there’s an event like the Tulip Festival a few blocks away from your apartment, it’s not only a good chance to stop and smell the roses tulips, it’s also […]

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Sausage-stuffed quail - North & Navy
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North & Navy

Address: 226 Nepean St, Ottawa Hours: 5pm – 10pm (Mon – Sat); 4:30pm – 9:30pm (Sun) Website: https://northandnavy.com/     It took over a year for my wife and I to make it back to North & Navy to try out their regular menu, after enjoying a delicious, relaxed Sunday Gravy At NoNa’s in the winter of 2018. When you’re […]

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Donair 2 - Down East Foods
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Ottawa Donair Quest – Down East Foods

Address: 613 Flea Market at the Aberdeen Pavilion Hours: 10am – 4pm, check the 613 Flea Market page for the next monthly event Website: Instagram only   Ninety-nine percent of the time, scrolling through the posts from the several hundred restaurants, foodies, and food-related social media accounts which I follow is nothing but a huge time sink. On rare occasions […]

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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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My Vina chip wagon
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My Vina

Address: 100 Queen St (between O’Connor and Metcalfe) Hours: 10am – 3pm (M-F); closed Sat-Sun Website: Nope Green factor: Styrofoam containers for burgers and poutines; plastic utensils; didn’t see any bins on site.   On a recent, spring-ish Ottawa day that appeared between our charming (re. morally devastating) April snowstorms, I was on the hunt to try a new-to-me chip […]

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Full spread - Afghani Kabob Express
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Afghani Kabob Express

Address: 249 Bank St, Ottawa Hours: 11:30am – 10:30pm (Mon-Sat); 12pm – 10pm (Sun) Website: http://afghanikabobexpress.ca/     I haven’t eaten Afghani food very frequently – or ever – up until recently that is, when I stopped by Afghani Kabob Express on the way home from work. It’s never looked busy inside when I’ve walked by in the past, so […]

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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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