Back lit cocktail - North and Navy
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North & Navy – Sunday Gravy at NoNa’s

Address: 226 Nepean St, Ottawa Hours: 5pm – 10pm (Mon – Sat); 4:30pm – 9:30pm (Sun) Website: https://northandnavy.com/   When looking for a nice place to go out for dinner, and to pare back my seemingly endless list of places to try out, my wife and I went to North & Navy to get our fix of Italian eats. Shoehorned […]

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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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Bavarian meatloaf - European Delicatessen
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European Delicatessen

Address: 1568 Merivale Rd, Nepean Hours: 10am – 6pm (Mon-Fri); 10am – 5pm (Sat); closed Sun Website: Nooope   Historically, I haven’t been a huge fan of deli sandwiches. Other than the magical wonders of overloaded smoked meat sandwiches, I can take ‘em or leave ‘em. Generally, I leave ‘em. Subway? Haven’t been there in over a decade. Legendary Halifax […]

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Storefront - Subito Sandwich
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Subito Sandwich

Address: 389 Gladstone Ave, Ottawa Hours: 10am – 7pm (Mon); 10am – 8pm (Tue – Fri); 11am – 6pm Sat); closed Sun Website: http://www.subitosandwich.com/   I don’t come from a place with a strong culinary tradition of cold cut sandwiches. Nova Scotia has its seafood, donairs, Acadian cuisine, and even a shocking assortment of styles of pizza – but beyond […]

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Donair - Shawarma Andalos
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Ottawa Donair Quest – Shawarma Andalos

Address: 407 Laurier Ave West, Ottawa Hours: 11:30am – 6pm (M-F); closed Sat & Sun Website: http://www.shawarmaandalos.com/     Tucked inside the charming Minto Place retail level, I noticed Shawarma Andalos while taking refuge from the rain and eating some pizza from a food truck. Still feeling a bit hungry, I noticed that Andalos had a sign advertising that they […]

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Two-taco platter - Tacolot
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Tacolot

Address: 999 Wellington St W, Ottawa Hours: 12pm – 8pm (Tue – Sun); closed Mondays Website: Facebook only   After trying and failing to hit up Bread By Us for their weekly donair lunch special (which I eventually tried successfully), I went to the nearby Tacolot for some taco consolation. I’ve been by the Tacolot shack several times but have […]

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