This is a article that is directed towards Med Students and Residents that are coming into Ottawa. You can find all the articles HERE.
During CaRMS, UofO asked me to attend the interviews and answer any questions about Ottawa, real estate in Ottawa, how much does it cost to rent or buy, etc. I also brought a highly desired list of places to eat while in town on the tour. Keep in mind we have some amazing restaurants, so there are other places that are not listed here.
This is a select list taken from full list of restaurants from Huffington Post.
El Camino - 380 Elgin St. - EatElCamino.com - Dinner Only, plus Takeout Window
Type of food: "Tacos. Tequila. Raw bar."
Words of praise: Must eat here, unless you’re a “must have a reso” person.
Note: No reservations, but highly worth it! Legendary tacos but the rest of the menu deserves your attention.
Town - 296 Elgin St. - TownLovesYou.ca - Lunch and Dinner
Type of food: Modern Italian
Words of praise: "Every so often a restaurant surfaces that, right from the get-go, seems exactly in the swing of its time and place. Such is Town." - Capital Dining
Union 613 - 315 Somerset St. W. - Union613.ca - Dinner Only
Type of food: "The Canadian take on Southern hospitality," so lots of comfort food
Words of praise: "With its communal seating, ear-busting playlist, and late-into-the-night hours, Union is ushering Ottawa into a new dining dimension, already adored by restaurant-industry insiders." - Ottawa magazine
Note: Check out the hidden bar in basement.
Byward Market Area
Restaurant 18 - 18 York St. - Restaurant18.com - Dinner Only
Type of food: 'Cutting edge' French-based cuisine
Words of praise: "When you are rating a restaurant you want to be sure that you do not become too generous in your praise lest no one believes you. But 18 is one of those that requires an all together [sic] different scale." - OpenTable
Murray Street - 110 Murray St. - MurrayStreet.ca - Lunch and Dinner
Type of food: A carnivore's dream
Words of praise: "They take ordinary things and they do an extraordinary way of preparing them." - Food Network Canada
Brothers Beer Bistro - 366 Dalhousie St. - BrotherBeerBistro.ca
Type of food: Made with beer!
Words of praise: "There’s an excellent burger and fries, to be sure, but the menu otherwise travels as far as possible from traditional pub fare. Forget baskets of greasy nachos and wings — Flowers opts to make a delicate tuna crudo and plates it beautifully." - Ottawa magazine
Westboro / Hintonburg Area
Supply and Demand - 1335 Wellington St. W. - SupplyAndDemandFoods.ca - Dinner Only
Type of food: Heavy on the seafood, with pasta thrown in
Praise: "All in all one of the best meals I've had in Ottawa, even though I'm not much of a shellfish person. My boyfriend and I have already made plans to go back." - Ottawa Foodies
Gezellig - 337 Richmond Rd. - GezelligDining.ca - Lunch and Dinner
Type of food: Global cuisine
Praise: "The Lake Erie Pickerel was seasoned to perfection, laid on a bed of salted fingerling potatoes and chard. If you are looking for light but filling, this dish was perfect." - Food Search Ottawa
Atelier - 540 Rochester St. - AtelierRestaurant.ca - Dinner Only
Type of food: (Stunning) molecular gastronomy
Praise: "[Chef Marc Lépine] masters the unique modernist techniques and weaves them into the local and seasonally inspired ingredients, while having fun with his menu descriptions." -Vacay.ca
Evoo Greek Kitchen - 438 ½ Preston St. - EvooGreekKitchen.ca - Lunch and Dinner
Type of food: Greek - as if you were there
Praise: “At EVOO Greek Kitchen, simple, appealing food, happily shared” -Ottawa Citizen
Giovanni’s Restaurant - 362 Preston St. - Giovannis-Restaurant.com - Lunch and Dinner
Type of food: Italian
Praise: Outstanding service, hospitality, ambiance and food. Free Valet.
Salt - 345a Preston St. - SaltOttawa.ca - Lunch and Dinner
Type of Food: International Steakhouse
Praise: Quality food, great cocktails, and underground parking.