Top 10 Favourite Places in Ottawa in 2017

Our favourite Ottawa restaurants, cafés, food trucks and more 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.

MeatPress

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.

Citizen


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.