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Policy Wonk Dec 11, 2007 7:57 PM

Ottawa-Gatineau Restaurant News
 
I want to buy a gift card for some friends in Ottawa for Christmas - what is popular these days?

Budget is $100

Jamaican-Phoenix Dec 11, 2007 8:18 PM

Well restaurant's that I know people frequent a fair bit and praise are Fratelli, e18hteen(eighteen), Black Tomato, and just about anything in the Byward Market because it's trendy there... :haha:

Mille Sabords Dec 11, 2007 8:53 PM

Luxe in the Market
The Eclectic Noodle in Sandy Hill
Paradiso on Bank

AuxTown Dec 11, 2007 9:54 PM

I really like Fratelli, good suggestion! And there are 3 locations I think so they can have some choice. Baton Rouge is always amazing as well.

Jamaican-Phoenix Dec 12, 2007 12:06 AM

Prime 360 is also good.

Mille Sabords Dec 19, 2007 1:25 PM

Aroma, on Nepean St. across from Beckta, was a nice discovery.

I'm also curious about trying Eri Café on Somerset West, between Preston and the O-Train, on a second floor. It's Eritrean cuisine and from the menu it looks pretty tasty: www.ericafe.ca

Jamaican-Phoenix Dec 19, 2007 4:08 PM

Ethiopian food is pretty tasty. For Ethiopian I usually go to Horn of Africa on Rideau or Blue Nile on Gladstone.

Proof Sheet Aug 21, 2009 1:35 AM

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Originally Posted by Jamaican-Phoenix (Post 3221697)
Prime 360 is also good.

I was there last September and I'm glad it wasn't me footing the bill....a bit too stuffy and old boys network place for me.

Despite this the steaks are huge

Jamaican-Phoenix Aug 21, 2009 3:13 AM

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Originally Posted by Proof Sheet (Post 4416731)
I was there last September and I'm glad it wasn't me footing the bill....a bit too stuffy and old boys network place for me.

Despite this the steaks are huge

Try Baton Rouge then. Supposedly a little less pricey and still pretty good and not as stuffy.

Yroc Aug 21, 2009 3:58 AM

http://ottawafoodies.com/forum

http://www.restaurantthing.com/ca/on/ottawa/index.php

Canadian Mind Aug 30, 2009 12:55 AM

Girlfriend will be visiting me around the beggining of October, and we're going to spend a few days in Ottawa. Being I'm almost never down there myself, I'm not familiar with places to go to for grub. Not planning on setting anything in stone, but I'm looking for reccomendations of places to go. Also wanna know places to avoid, so that if a place looks nice we don't go in and have a bad time.

We're staying at the Sheraton in downtown, so I'm hoping for spots that are within a short walk of that. Looking for both places that are casual dining and those more suited to her getting into a dress for. Being we're from the west coast I'd like to avoid foods that are common out there, namely places that specialise in east, SE, and south Asian foods, aswell as fish.

Hope it isn't too tall of an order. Thanks guys.

Rathgrith Aug 30, 2009 3:55 AM

If you like Burgers you should make it out to The Works at some point.

Zach6668 Aug 30, 2009 11:58 AM

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Originally Posted by Rathgrith (Post 4431563)
If you like Burgers you should make it out to The Works at some point.

Am I the only one REALLY underwhelmed by the taste of their beef?

Sure, they dress it up in fancy and sometimes retarded toppings, but the beef is sooooo bland.

Ottawade Aug 30, 2009 3:08 PM

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Originally Posted by Zach6668 (Post 4431816)
Am I the only one REALLY underwhelmed by the taste of their beef?

Sure, they dress it up in fancy and sometimes retarded toppings, but the beef is sooooo bland.

That's because you should be ordering the elk

Canadian Mind Aug 30, 2009 3:13 PM

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Originally Posted by Ottawade (Post 4431921)
That's because you should be ordering the elk

Whats this about Elk? :D

Rathgrith Aug 30, 2009 4:51 PM

Go The Works as soon as you get here and order a elk meat burger. You'll have no time to make it to your hotel, just get to that place post haste.

Yroc Aug 30, 2009 5:20 PM

Sides at the works are ... lacking

I suggest you ask this question at Ottawa Foodies.

AuxTown Aug 30, 2009 11:04 PM

I'm not into gourmet food, but tend to frequent the higher end steakhouses and grills. Here's a few of my favorites:

Baton Rouge- Yes, it's a large chain from Quebec, but the ribs are seriously to die for, your girlfriend (from BC) has probably never heard of it, and it's really close to where you are staying (Albert @ Lyon).

http://www.dine.to/DineTOimages/pic_batonrouge.jpg

Empire Grill- A bit on the pricey side. Steaks are excellent, decor is unique, and the wine list is second to none IMO. Try the Marynissen Estates Lot 66 (Mick Jagger's favorite Canadian wine). It's on Clarence Street in the market.

http://img340.imageshack.us/img340/4...piregrill2.jpg

http://img34.imageshack.us/img34/2911/empiregrill3.jpg

Stella- Another Clarence St. restaurant with probably the best location in the city for nightlife. Really good Italian cuisine with yet another great wine list. Try the chicken parmasean.

http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/g...G_4885copy.jpg

If she starts to miss Vancouver, try either the Mekong or Hot Peppers (both in Chinatown on Somerset). They are my favorite restaurants for Asian food.

Finally, I have to stand up for my good friend The Works! I love that place and think their burgers are perfect (even the beef ones). Try the Smokey Mountain for a classic taste and add a few sweet potato fries to ensure you get your veggies in.

canadave Aug 30, 2009 11:13 PM

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Originally Posted by Canadian Mind (Post 4431379)
Girlfriend will be visiting me around the beggining of October, and we're going to spend a few days in Ottawa...

A good spot to go is Mama Grazzi's in the Market, at Sussex and George. Fantastic Italian food (made to order), and a nice cozy atmosphere. Won't break the bank, either, it's surprisingly affordable even with a glass of wine.

AuxTown Aug 30, 2009 11:19 PM

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Originally Posted by canadave (Post 4432406)
A good spot to go is Mama Grazzi's in the Market, at Sussex and George. Fantastic Italian food (made to order), and a nice cozy atmosphere. Won't break the bank, either, it's surprisingly affordable even with a glass of wine.

I also like Mama Grazzi's. It's interesting because the building is sinking (it's like 100 years old) so the entire restaurant is on a slight angle.


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