Quick bites What’s happening in Ottawa’s culinary scene?
- Street food: 18 new on-street food trucks and food carts start operation in May 2013 in Ottawa under a new program. Most are downtown, but some are in neighbourhoods just outside downtown. Watch for Ottawa Streat Gourmet (on Queen St. near O’Connor St.); Ad Mare (on Slater St. at O’Connor St.); and Gongfu Bao (on Elgin St. near Slater St.), among others.
- Soda pop: Local brewery Kichesippi Brewing Company has begun offering non-alcoholic refreshment with its retro soda pop under the Harvey & Vern’s label. Named after the owner’s grandfather and father-in-law, you can indulge in cream soda or ginger beer, with root beer coming by the end of 2013.
- Elmdale Oyster House and Tavern: The funky Whalesbone Oyster House on Bank Street took over this old-school tavern in January 2013 and quickly debuted a hipster’s paradise with sustainable seafood, great beer and occasional live music shows.
- Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa: Indulge in a gourmet short course at the exclusive Canadian home of this famous French cooking school. Spring options include recipes from their new cookbook – In the Kitchen with Le Cordon Bleu – on May 11 or a Father’s Day menu June 15.
- Savoy: A French brasserie style restaurant called Savoy—run by the same folks who operate the popular Métropolitain Brasserie on Rideau Street—will replace the famous Moe’s Newport restaurant in the Westboro neighbourhood in May 2013. Moe’s—home of the Elvis Sighting Society and great pizzas—has moved down the street to a smaller location.
- Real Sports: With 99 TVs, including one that is almost two storeys high, you’ll never miss a play at Real Sports. Each booth has a controllable TV, some have draft beer dispensers and the venue offers 195 cocktails.
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