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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Cevapi - - Skela Bosnian Deli
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Skela Bosnian Deli

Address: 956 Merivale Rd, Ottawa, ON Hours: Closed Monday, 10:00am – 7:00pm (Tu-Fri), 10:00am – 5:00pm (Sat-Sun) Website: Ha! Noooo   When you say the words “I’m going to go to a Bosnian deli/grocery/restaurant”, unless you’re of Slavic heritage, you might get a quizzical look or comments like “We have one of those around here?”. However, my wife is more […]

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Donair and fries - Gabriel Pizza
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Ottawa Donair Quest: Gabriel Pizza

Address: 175 Rideau St, Ottawa, ON Hours: 11:00am – 11:00pm (Sun – Tue), 11:00am – 12:00am (Wed – Thu), 11:00am — 1:00am (Fri – Sat) Website: https://gabrielpizza.com/   It can be hard to try to remain unbiased and objective when you’re dealing with something near and dear to your heart, or in my case, belly: trying to find the best East Coast-style donair […]

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Coriander shrimp dumplings - Hung Sum
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Hung Sum

Address: 939 Somerset Street West, Ottawa Hours: 11:00am – 9:00pm (M, W-Th), closed Tue, 11:00am – 10:00pm (F), 10:00am – 10:00pm (Sat), 10:00am – 9:00pm (Sun) Website: Just this Facebook account   It can be tough being the new kid on the food writing block (NKOTFWB album dropping soon!), and perhaps even more so when you’re trying a storied, popular restaurant for the first time. […]

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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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Rico Peru

Address: Kent and Laurier (typically) Hours: Street Food App Ottawa Website: http://www.ricoperu.ca/  (leave the sound on for some sweet Peruvian, spaghetti western-esque tunes)   Over the past two food truck seasons, I was able to hit up Peruvian food truck Rico Peru on a couple occasions – once at a small food truck rally, and a second time at their regular spot […]

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Dragonz Bowl, with added egg roll - Angry Dragonz
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Angry Dragonz food truck

Address: Corner of Gloucester and Lyon (typically) Hours: Street Food App Ottawa Website: http://www.angrydragonz.ca/index.html   Looking to  kill some time and fill my belly, what better way to do that than to bike a couple kilometers to the downtown core and grab a late lunch at a food truck? Burn calories, consume calories – the endless cycle. According to the […]

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Shameless gorging in 3, 2, 1... - La Cabana
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La Cabana Pupuseria y Restaurante

Address: 848 Merivale Rd, Ottawa, ON Hours: 12:00pm – 9:00pm (M), closed (Tue), 12:00pm – 9:00pm (Wed-Sun) Website: http://lacabana.ca/   Located just off Carling, in an unassuming strip mall that it inhabits along with a South Asian grocery, La Cabana (and the Latin American grocery it shares space with) is a place I’ve passed by many times, but never visited. However, […]

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Donair - Centretown Donair & Pizza
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Ottawa Donair Quest: Centertown Donair & Pizza

Address: 422 Bronson Ave, Ottawa, ON Hours: 11:00am – 9:00pm (M-Thu), 11:00am – 10:00pm (Fri), 4:00pm – 10:00pm (Sat), 4:00pm – 9:00pm (Sun) Website: http://centertowndonair.com/   When I first began taking action (re. cruising Google for info) on finding the best donair that Ottawa has to offer, a name that came up consistently was Centertown Donair & Pizza. It’s impressive that they […]

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