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Credible Edibles78 North Hinton Avenue, Ottawa
Wow!
By woz of Hintonburg, Ottawa (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, February 8, 2011 - 9:12pm [Dine in]

Best Lunches in Hintonburg. Fresh, inventive, healthy food in a comfortable, friendly setting. Great patio, too! The Muffeletta sandwidh is a favorite, as are the soups, but the salads and desserts are excellent as well. I wish all "healthy" restaurants were this good. There's a lot of joy in this food, and it's full of flavour. Full marks for quality, taste, and friendly service. It's a must!

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168 Sushi Japan Buffet1651 Merivale Road, Ottawa
You need to try it! The sushi is amazing!
By Lena of ottawa nepean (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, January 21, 2011 - 10:43pm [Dine in]

The manager Jun is Amazing !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Great service from the staff and himself.
As you enter the168 Sushi Japan Buffe tRestaurant run by the gracious manager & the talented young chef in the back of the room, you immediately get a feeling of both warmth and elegance in the lavishly EXTRAORDINARY
dining area, surrounded by beautiful light. This wonderful impression continues with the hospitality and creative details of the dishes. Aside from the menu, guests have a choice between several tasting menus for thier own personal selection of the day or night. I selected many tasting menu, which did not disappoint. None at all.

Following some tasty “KALBI BEEF”, the first course I had Is amazing. Contrary to what you may think , this dish was delicious with just the right blend of each ingredient. The food is refreshing and visually delightful. It was almost a shame to eat this beauty!

The final dish, the dessert, was a lovely Red Bean,Mango, and vanilla Ice cream scoops. Also to top it all off with banana tempura ..........yum yum. A perfect end to an exceptional meal.

Despite all the busyness
Hurried..like one who had always a multiplicity of tasks on hand.

They managed to give me and my guest amazing service and I would say I've there 6 times since they open.

You should go there its awsome!!!!!!!!!!!

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Baker Street Cafe385 Richmond Road, Ottawa
Easily the best breakfast in Ottawa
By Phil_Culhane of Ottawa (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 14, 2011 - 11:14am [Dine in]

Treat yourself. This is easily, very easily, the best location for breakfast (or lunch) in Westboro - if not in all of Ottawa.

Food - fresh made, wholesome, filling, you get a range of tastes on your plate and everything actually has taste. You may walk in for lunch and be offered some incredible, fresh, scratch-made honey fritters - free - if that's what the chef felt like doing that day.

I've yet to have every breakfast on the menu, or every lunch, but I'm halfway thru the first and about a third thru the second - and there's nothing that isn't exceptional.

Service is also exceptional - there are usually 4-5 staff in a restaurant that serves about 60(ish) - and you are always welcomed, and well cared for. Throughout each meal, dining alone or with a friend (or several), the staff have always been amenable and offered just the right touch.

Value - you will pay more for your breakfast here. There is no $2.99 special, But value doesn't mean cheap. Value means that you look at the food on your plate, and then a bit later you think about the food you ate, and you think, damn, that was a fine meal - and well worth every penny. You'd have to be exceptionally hard-hearted to NOT think that about your meal here at Baker Street. The aforementioned fresh fruit, the carafe of coffee they give you (you order coffee, you get your own carafe - I love that!), the variety of tastes, the freshness of the food - it's exceptional value.

Ambiance - formerly a pub, Baker Street has been slowly acquiring its own flavour over the months and a couple years...it's been fascinating to watch it all happen. But there's a stereo with a turntable! in the lounge area; lots of musically themed posters on the wall - a light, but a definite, touch. I love it. I love the casualness of it.

They also sell fresh bread, colossal fresh muffins, and cinnamon rolls. For complete decadence, have them toast your cinnamon roll. They slice it in three horizontally, toast it in the oven, and I have to think they add extra honey and cinnamon before they bring your plate to the table. Skip lunch if you have this option.

Baker Street hides behind a very bland exterior, but once inside, you may never want to leave. I'd be hard pressed to think of another restaurant I'd prefer to go to for breakfast or lunch anywhere in Ottawa.

Note: They don't do supper!

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Keg Steakhouse & Bar, The529 Richmond Road, Ottawa
A terrific steakhouse chain dinner
By paulbh of ottawa ontario (8 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 6, 2011 - 9:40am [Dine in]

We avoid chain restaurants but the Keg on Richmond did a fine job! The steaks were tender, flavourful and big.It reminded me of a fine Kansas cornfed steak. It's expensive but worth it for special occassions. They seem to work very hard at service and I felt a little fussed over but enjoyed it. We've eaten at a few Kegs over the years and they have gone very upscale in recently.

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Hy's Steak House170 Queen Street, Ottawa
$$$$ for an average steak
By paulbh of ottawa ontario (8 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 6, 2011 - 7:51am [Dine in]

We ate in the early evening mid-week. The room was uncrowded and the service was good. The steaks however were thin and bland-not what you'd expect from a steakhouse. The prices were high end. The ambiance was steakhouse-modern but nothing special. This is one of two locations the other being in Bells Corner.

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Works, The363 St. Laurent Boulevard, Ottawa
Every configuration of burgers and fries
By paulbh of ottawa ontario (8 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 2, 2011 - 12:51pm [Dine in]

If you want a venison burger or a hamburger dressed with a fried egg this is your place. Especially if you don't mind paying twelve dollars for it with the sides costing extra. If you like fries you can get the regulars or you can go for sweet potato. The food is good-the ambiance is industrial chic and the service is fine. Expect to drop twenty five to thirty dollars for a light lunch for two with drinks extra.

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Chez Lucien137 Murray Street, Ottawa
Possibly a great hamburger
By paulbh of ottawa ontario (8 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 1, 2011 - 9:55pm [Dine in]

There's a trend in larger cities towards a high-end hamburger: the gourmet burger if you will. Chez Lucien has a high-end burger served with excellent fries and a good salad for under ten dollars. There isn't much ambiance to speak of but the service is good. Avoid any table close to the front door. Some areas inside are not for the claustrophobic.

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Elgin Street Diner374 Elgin Street, Ottawa
Ottawa's authentic diner
By paulbh of ottawa ontario (8 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 1, 2011 - 9:44pm [Dine in]

This is a lower priced restaurant. That having been said I've rarely eaten better diner food for the money. The deli sandwiches are excellent.The reubens in particular is very good. I've also enjoyed the pot roast. The service can be a little slow during the midday rush but you can expect to be eating within fifteen minutes of placing your order. Ambiance is American Diner and is done well.

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Flying Piggy's Bistro Italiano1665 Bank Street, Ottawa
Italian food with funky ambiance
By paulbh of ottawa ontario (8 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 1, 2011 - 9:34pm [Dine in]

This place strives for greatness but doesn't quite make it. The food is good as is the service but the menu isn't extensive and the prices are fairly high. You can expect to drop fifty dollars on a modest lunch for two plus wine.The desserts are of a higher quality and must be tasted! The restaurant is located in what appears to be an old house and is a little difficult to see from the street but it is cozy.

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Mexicali Rosa's540 West Hunt Club Road, Ottawa
Worst restaurant experience to date in Ottawa
By kellenor of Ottawa (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, December 13, 2010 - 7:51am [Dine in]

The pre-fab food at this location is terrible - wouldn't even meet the standards of a Taco Bell. I can't express how disappointed we were with this meal. We both had the Mexican Flag - the beef was stale, the chicken was awful, and the cheese was bland. The refried beans are spiced, not like they should be, and the rice was à la Lipton Sidedish. I will never return to this restaurant.

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Exchange Pub & Restaurant, The50 Rideau Street, Ottawa
Nicely renovated but still needs work!
By John Donald of Ottawa, Ontario (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, September 9, 2010 - 7:20am [Dine in]

The Exchange Restaurant (Formerly the Elephant and Castle, still the same people and owners) has undergone major renovation and now has a completely different and more upmarket look, moving away from their previous incarnation. I very much like the open feel and the clean, modern look but unfortunately that is all I can say in a positive manner.

The food itself was not the worst I've had but was certainly nothing special. The burger was bland, the fries were nice enough but for the price I couldn't help but feel I should have gone across to one of the other nearby pubs or even just gone into the mall food court!

The service was terrible, for a farily quiet Wednesday night I would never think it would take so long to get served and trying to get the bill took far too long.

If the food court seating is full or you can't walk five mintues to another pub style restaurant than I would say give it a shot (but try to sit close to the waitress station or bar so they have to see you!) but otherwise eat anywhere else. I can think of at least 10 other places within a five minute walk that offer better food and service.

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La Shish Pita1611 Bank Street, Ottawa
Delicious Lunch
By myou of Ottawa, Ontario (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, September 8, 2010 - 11:23am [Dine in]

We were in the mood for Lebanese food and when driving by La Shish pita, we decided to go in. We didn't expect such a delicious lunch but that is what we received! My partner and I each ordered the chicken schwarma trio with garlic roasted potatoes. One of the best schwarma I've ever had...made to order, fresh ingredients, chicken shaved before you. Service was very friendly. Ordered baklava for dessert. It too was EXCELLENT. Dining area was clean and well taken care of. We will definitely be going back again and again and again.

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Pho Mi Bo Ga2430 Bank Street, Unit 8, Ottawa
Poor Food and Service Quality
By milo of Ottawa, Ontario (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, August 14, 2010 - 1:14pm [Dine in]

3 strikes, and this restaurant is out!! I will never order take-out from this restaurant again. After having been a customer since the restaurant opens, it has gone down-hill in terms of quantity and quality. I had ordered a pho with beef and chicken and found out when I got home (I live about 1 hr away from this restaurant), there was only about 5 slices of beef in my soup and no chicken. I also ordered the vermicelli with pork and springroll and boy, talk about being cheap. There was hardly any pork in that dish.......however, I did receive a lot of the vermicelli, which cost pennies to them.

I WILL NEVER GO BACK AND WILL DISCOURAGE EVERYONE THAT I KNOW NOT TO GO TO THIS PLACE. THERE ARE BETTER VIETNAMESE RESTAURANTS AROUND!!

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McDonald's1880 Carling Avenue, Ottawa
My Granddaughter
By samlosco of Ottawa, Ontario (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, July 23, 2010 - 11:30am [Dine in]

My Granddaughter had a huge issue over getting a refill on her drink ( Which has never happened to me at any other McDonalds ). Our fries were ice cold, and nobody seemed to care, this is what I hate about the big name fast food places, they lose the old spirit and friendliness the company was made famous on. Anyways, I don't suggest going here, save yourself the $20.00 , or take your business down the street.

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Shawarma Byte124 Osgoode Street, Ottawa
Great shawarma
By johnQ of Ottawa, Ontario (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, April 24, 2010 - 10:26pm [Dine in]

We went to eat their, it's a nice place to eat in... It's very clean and the guy who was serving us was very friendly and the best part their shawarma and garlic potatoes were delicious... I recommend this restaurant to all students at Ottawa U and the best part they deliver so from now on I will ask for a delivery instead of walking for 15 minutes to eat

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Exchange Pub & Restaurant, The50 Rideau Street, Ottawa
Better than average pub fare
By runningtuf of Ottawa, Ontario (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, April 13, 2010 - 7:08pm [Dine in]

I dined here a couple nights in a row and other than the fact that they ran out of the sirloin by 9:00 PM on a Tuesday night, the service was good with better than average pub fare. Difficult to find healthy alternatives, so not the place if your looking for healthy fare. Good selection of beers. It's still early, so internal is nicely done but not clear who the regular patrons will be. Felt a bit yuppy with a mix of local regulars (yes, even this early) and not very busy. Seating at the bar is very limited, so plan to have a booth in the bar area or a table. Beer selection was good and the service staff actually seemed to care about what I thought. However, as I'm a late diner, as the night headed toward closing they seemed more interested in getting out of there than serving, but this is minor. Definitely disappointed that they only had 30 sirloins total for the day, but I'm sure they'll work this out.

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