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Top 10 Favourite Places in Ottawa in 2017

There was a lot to love this past year on the Ottawa food scene. While we have so much to recommend, these were our top ten favourites that we kept coming back to. If any of these are new to you, we’d say they’re certainly worth a look in 2018. You may even catch us there.

Moo Shu Ice Cream & Kitchen

Not just for their always amazing ice cream, but for the expanding occasional options including pork wontons/ma po tofu at lunch, bubble waffles and Hong Kong milk tea on Waffle Wednesdays™ and more! We’re excited for whatever their future holds.


We never cease to be amazed by the creativity and flavour of their lunch options, which typically involve delicious meat pressed between two pieces of bread. They’ve added on brunch and dinners that are equally tasty.

La Cabana

We like the pupusas here, a lot (one of our favourite cheap eats). Homestyle, non-pretentious vibes and the attached Central American grocery store means that we always stop by when in the area.

Equator Coffee

Equator’s Westboro cafe is cozy and their brewed beverages are always consistent.

Yakko Takko


Some of the best Mexican food in Ottawa, we loved this food truck in the Glebe and are eagerly anticipating its return when the weather warms up.

Coconut Lagoon

South Indian dishes that are masterful in their execution. We love the curries, naan and biriyani here.

Bread & Sons Bakery

Thincrust pizza, “perfect” chocolate chip cookies and vegetarian sandwiches/pastries. The espresso (from 49th parallel) is on point too!

Stella Luna Gelato Cafe (Hintonburg)

We love the decor in here and the gelato is the best in town.

Flora Hall Brewing

Newcomer to the Ottawa craft beer scene, we’re blown away by how quickly they’ve hit the ground running. The converted space is beautiful and their West Coast IPA is definitely worth a try.


A close call between Citizen and their sister restaurant town. (another Bytown Bites favourite), we chose Citizen for the list because we love its atmosphere and also quite enjoyed their Meatless Mondays courtesy of guest chef Mike Frank.

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Top 10 Favourite Places in Ottawa in 2016

Ottawa’s ever-evolving culinary scene brought us a lot of highlights in 2016. Listed below are our most memorable experiences, from trendy eatery to ice cream shop and everything in between. We’re looking forward to what 2017 has in store, Ottawa’s dining scene keeps growing and we’ll be here to share our favourites.


Fairouz brought Middle Eastern food with upscale flair to Ottawa and their array of healthy options, including muhammara dip, falafel and halloumi, kept us coming back. We’d recommend it for adventurous groups that are open to sharing.

La Cabaña

We discovered homey El Salvadorean pupuseria La Cabana by chance and we’ve since become big fans of these fried tortillas stuffed with fillings like cheese, pork and the mysterious edible flower ‘laroco’. Topped with tomato sauce and fermented cabbage “curtido”, it’s one of our favourite lunches.

North & Navy

Prettiest pasta in recent memory. @northandnavy’s #rhubarb and spring garlic #corzetti

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A sleek setting to enjoy North Italian cuisine in Centretown, North & Navy was one of our favourites for group dinners or date night. What more do you need than some fresh pasta and a negroni?

Supply & Demand

Speaking of fresh pasta, Supply & Demand always delivers. Their well curated menu is one of Ottawa’s best. They also occasionally offer pasta making classes that are an excellent way to spend an evening.


#Meatpress is one of our favourites for a reason, this #porchetta is 👌

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A go-to for lunch. Meatpress somehow always manages to surprise with flavourful, upscale ingredients stuck between two pieces of bread.

Union 613

Though the year brought a lot of trendy new places, we always end up back at Union 613 for cocktails and atmosphere. Their speakeasy is our favourite place in town.

Sansotei Ramen

It’s cold out there ❄! Nothing like a bowl of #ramen (with black garlic oil) on a frigid day from @sansoteiramen.

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Authentic Japanese tonkotsu finally arrives in Ottawa. The occasional lines at Sansotei Ramen are worth it for rich, flavourful broth and the best noodles in the city. Top it with some garlic oil for an extra treat.


Edgar – at the top of our #brunch list for a reason. Toujours un vrai délice. 😋merci @marysolfoucault

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Our favourite place for brunch before the year started and it still is as the year ends.

Moo Shu Ice Cream & Kitchen

Though a lot of ice cream/gelato shops opened in Ottawa this year, Moo Shu was miles ahead with innovative flavours that changed our perception of what ice cream can be.

Mariposa Farms

Literal farm to table, our drive out to Mariposa Farms led to a magical Sunday lunch, feasting on incredible duck confit after seeing exactly where it came from.