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Ottawans here?

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Asian Afro, Jul 15, 2011.

  1. Alter

    Alter Senior member

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    Wow! Many many thanks to both of you!! Great recommendations! I actually worked at Domus, and a few other places in the Market, around 20 years ago so I am familiar with them but it sounds like Ottawa's restaurant scene has evolved a lot since then.

    One of my friends mentioned Beckta and Whalesbone so I expect them to be on the itinerary at some point....but I will keep all the other recs in mind and try some of them also. I also have to get some poutine and drop by the Manx at some point. I will only be there for a week but let's see how much damage I can do in that time. Looking to be an epic visit actually. Thanks again, gents.
     
  2. Geoff Gander

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    He stitched them. I also had him put toe taps on a pair of EGs, and he held them for only a few seconds before he turned to me and said it had been a while since he'd shoes of that quality.
     
  3. Birks and Grey Socks

    Birks and Grey Socks Senior member

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    With all due respect to the list above, lately I'm fond of

    Town on Elgin St
    Benny's Bistro for a real European light lunch at a reasonable price. It's behind The French Baker
    I like Play a lot more than Beckta (same owner)
    Jean Albert for the best hole in the wall fried chicken shack
    4th Ave Wine bar
     
  4. Thrifter

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    Feleena's on Bank St. if you like Mexican food.
     
  5. Geoff Gander

    Geoff Gander Senior member

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    The Smoque Shack (129 York) is wonderful. Try out their sampler platter for true carnivorous decadence (the piri-piri wings are truly agonising - and therefore worth trying).

    For German fare, my favourite remains the Lindenhof (268 Preston) - a great family-run restaurant that's been around for donkey's years, If they still have it, their Sunday buffet breakfast is good.

    Totoya (279 Dalhousie) is great for sushi - we go there regularly for our birthday dinners. If you like gourmet seafood, try Whalesbone (430 Bank) - fresh catches, and the menu changes regularly. Superb. They also have a fish supply shop at 514 Kent, where you can buy frozen fish and gourmet sandiwiches.

    Some people say Zak's in the Market is the ultimate diner, but I find the Elgin Street Diner (374 Elgin) to be much better. Service can be slow on Sunday mornings, but they make it up to you.
     
  6. Alter

    Alter Senior member

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    Just wanted to thank everyone for the good suggestions. From the recommendations above I tried Whalesbone and Zen Kitchen. Whalesbone was really great and Zen was alright for a veg place. To counter the vegetarian fare I had a great burger and poutine at Hintonburger. Caffe 1870 in Wakefield was also notable for great beer and excellent food.

    It was a great visit to Ottawa, and I was happy to see that the city hasn't changed much since I moved away 15 years ago.
     

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