Who needs another foodie post? Ottawa has so many, including reviews from the urban spoon, trip advisor, yelp, and lots more. But don’t you ever wish, just once, that reviews and articles were more down to earth–about real food, and not the foo-foo stuff that looks pretty but costs waaaaay too much?
Across our 18 years of living in and visiting Ottawa, we’ve been to a few restaurants. Not all of course. But I have a few favourites that are usually overlooked by famous foodies and local magazines.
Here’s my little list, and perhaps you could share yours in the comments so we can have a “real person’s” top places in Ottawa:
Favourite No-nonsense Coffee – I Deal Coffee, Dalhousie
Favourite Milkshake – Zaks, Byward Market
Favourite French Onion Soup – Darcy McGees, Sparks Street
Favourite Cafe au Lait – Moulin de Province, Byward Market
Favourite Pizza and Greek Salad – Colonnade, Downtown
Favourite Gelato – Truffle’s Treasure, The Glebe
Favourite Hot Chocolate, again, Truffle’s Treasure, The Glebe
Favourite Pho, Huongs, Chinatown
Favourite Breakfast Deal, Ikea (seriously, $1!)
Next Favourite Breakfast Deal, Dunn’s on South Bank ($4.99)
Favourite Poutine, Elgin Street Diner
Favourite Combo (Soup and Bagel), Tim Horton’s
Favourite Schawarma, Schawarma Palace, Rideau St
Favourite Fish n Chips, Aulde Dubliner (but can’t hold a stick to Richard’s Seafood in PEI)
Favourite Desserts, Memories (Byward Market)
Favourite Soulvaki – Kallisto’s, South Bank
Favourite place for Chatting – The Daily Grind, Somerset West
Absolute Favourite Fajitas—Colin Bernard’s House 🙂
I know I missed a lot of ethnic foods groups; some I haven’t tried, others aren’t in my “favourite” category, or some, I simply prefer from places outside of Ottawa.
Again, please share your favourites so the rest of us can learn about good food overlooked by prima donna reviewers. Thanks!!