There are so many food and drink options in Canada’s capital city Ottawa. I absolutely love my food so was in my element on my recent (and first ever) trip to the big city. The weather was sunny with just a few white fluffy clouds in the sky as we pounded the pavements, walking miles each day. Given that we’d burned so many calories we felt we were entitled to a few treats.
Luckily for us Ottawa has much to offer. In addition to your usual Canadian restaurants there are many unique local eateries and watering holes that will make your trip to Ottawa a fantastic one. When it comes to food you should never settle for second best so here are my top five unique food and drink options for Ottawa.
Suzy Q Doughnuts
Where: 969 Wellington St W (https://suzyq.ca/)
What: Doughnuts based on a traditional Finnish recipe known as ‘Sugar Munkki’
Highlight: Raspberry Cassis and Maple Bacon
You cannot miss the bright yellow store front as you approach Suzy Q’s on Wellington Street. Inside is a host of treasures which change each month. These doughnuts use a traditional Finnish recipe and you can sure tell the difference. They are super soft with toppings to die for. It was hard to choose my highlight as they were all amazing, the filling inside the Boston Cream was real custard, the Dulce & Banana had a fantastic flavour and the carrot cake one was unreal. But the raspberry cassis was just so sweet and tasted of real fruit. The maple bacon was the first time I’d tried a bacon doughnut and I was not disappointed. A definite pitstop for any ‘nut lover.
Elgin Street Project
Where: 399 Elgin Street (http://elginbeerproject.com/)
What: locally sourced craft beers and ciders
Highlight: County Cider Waupoos Blackberry Peach Cider
After spending the day exploring Parliament Hill just a short walk away is Elgin Street Project. It has an outdoor decking area which you can sit an enjoy the local craft beers and ciders while watching the world pass by. The highlight was easy to choose here, as I don’t like beer I opted for a nice refreshing cider. It was hands down the best cider I’ve ever had. It was perfectly sweet and not overly fizzy, so it went down a treat.
Elgin Street Diner
Where: 374 Elgin Street (http://www.elginstreetdiner.com/)
What: informal diner serving North American food from pancakes to burgers
Highlight: poutine and milkshakes
This place is opposite Elgin Beer Project and is open 24 hours, so you can go before or after your beers. It has many accolades to its name including best Ottawa diner, best poutine, best milkshake and best service. After being open for over 22 years it has become an Ottawa Institution. But be warned you are going to want to go with an empty stomach as they serve up huge portions! The poutine had a wonderfully thick gravy which made it delicious and the milkshake was also super thick. A beautiful food coma inducing combo!
Tooth and Nail Brewing Company
Where: 3 Irving Avenue (https://toothandnailbeer.com/)
What: beer and snacks
Highlight: Bravado (American Pale Ale)
This little brewery is just down the road from Suzy Q’s and serves craft beers. We had a quick stop here on our exploration of the Hintonburg area and were not disappointed. You can get little tasters of each beer before choosing your favourite. I once again opted for a cider but cannot for the life of me remember what it was called! It was a fruity cider but a more cloudy variety than I usually go for. Matt on the other hand could quite happily have settled in for an afternoon session as he sampled a few different tipples. His favourite was the American pale ale, Bravado.
We were also surprised to see Shropshire Blue cheese on the snack menu, which is from our home county!
Where: Downtown (https://byward-market.com/en/home/)
What: a bit of everything
Highlight: Beaver Tails
ByWard Market is the place to be if you are an indecisive diner. It has a little bit of everything from all over the world in this great little neighbourhood. A few blocks wide this area is packed full of restaurants, diners, cafes and markets stalls all boasting amazing food. It is also known for its colourful street art and unique boutiques. It was here that had my first Beaver Tail smothered in Nutella and banana’s. A wonderful fried pastry in the shape of… you guessed it, a beaver tail must be one of the most Canadian snacks I’ve ever had and is a must for any tourist.
I hope you enjoy these places as much as I did as food can be one of the most memorable things about a trip. I’ll continue to eat my way around Canada and will report back soon.
Have I missed anywhere off my list? Where is your favourite place to eat in the city? Drop me a comment. If you like this article, please give it a little like or share to show you care 😊