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The sweet sounds of Jazz and construction mix at Levante Bistro and Lounge

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As construction workers rip up the north side of Rideau Street, surrounded by fencing and concrete barriers, the smooth sounds of jazz play inside Ottawa’s newest downtown restaurant. Welcome to Levante Bistro and Lounge at 180 Rideau, where the neighbour across the street is a 350L CAT excavator, but the ambience inside is filled with jazz, suave urban decor and, if I may offer a tip, a nice spicy chipotle sauce. “We had the unfortunate situation of opening up our doors two weeks before the start of the (Rideau Street)... | Continue reading article

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Au Café Show adds a spoonful of drama to your coffee

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A new coffee shop infusing a little theatre into its lattes recently opened its doors at 161 Promenade du Portage in front of the Portage IV Complex in Hull. This humongous coffee shop, once home to Presse Café, provides a warm and enjoyable setting to unwind and enjoy theatrical shows while serving local products. “We noticed the lack of venues in the region and, since we like the atmosphere of a coffee shop, we decided to combine the two,” said co-owner Fredéric Jobin. Both owners studied theatre at the University... | Continue reading article

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Hey carnivores, this one’s for you: Trailer Pork Boys serve up slow-cooked to go

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You know it’s good when you wake up the next morning craving more. I guess you could say the Trailer Pork Boys’ pulled pork sandwich is good, then. Into its second week, Ottawa’s newest food truck is all about the pig. The menu is short, sweet, and to the porkalicious point: sandwiches (pulled pork & a “Cuban”) and ribs top the charts. This truck is happy to join two of the hottest trends going: seeing food trucks proliferating urban streets across the continent and the carnivorous response to growing vegetarian/vegan... | Continue reading article

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Chef Matt Carmichael talks Mello’s love and new projects

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This is my first article and restaurant review for Apt613; as an avid foodie I volunteered my blogging services to editor and soon-to-be-father François over one too many glasses of wine one Friday night at HUB Ottawa. Full disclosure: it has turned into more of a story than a review and is also a bit late because the first time I went to Mello’s I completely forgot to take any pictures and had to go again the next day; if anything this speaks to how great a meal it was…... | Continue reading article

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Union Local 613, where class meets southern comfort

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There is no shortage of fine dining options in our beloved Capital City. Foodies can get their fix in virtually any neighborhood, and while we’re often accused of playing catch up to trendier Montreal or Toronto, Ottawa is (almost) always on point with keeping up with restaurants fads and new concepts. Recently, a few Southern-style joints have popped up in the downtown core, integrating down-home comfort food with modern twists. The newest addition to this trend, Union Local 613 or Union for short, takes it to new heights by not... | Continue reading article

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327 Wine Bar: Somerset’s newest classy addition

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The mysterious closing of Benitz Bistro down on Somerset last year brought disappointed sighs from around the city. For Tim Barton and Brad Henderson, though, that close resulted in one of their biggest opportunities to date: opening their own restaurant. But things are never as easy as they sound – from the start, this duo had a challenge ahead. When they walked into the space for the first time, it was set up just as it was when Benitz was actually open – dinner plates, cutlery, glasses all impeccably laid... | Continue reading article

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Apartment613 Live: Two Shows for the Price of None!

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Apt613 Live is dropping two new shows this week. On the first, we play some music from this year’s Bluesfest, Karen interviews Greg Searle from Harvest Noir, the guys behind 327 Wine Bar on Somerset. And we do it all without the guiding hands or smooth sultry voices of Ryan or Trevor. Despite our impediments, we prevail, delivering wacky humour and informative, earnest discussion. Download the MP3 here. On the second, this week’s edition, Ryan, Karen and Jared talk to Catherine Langois from Sandbanks Winery, the Burlesque Assassins, Coffee with... | Continue reading article

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Local dining along the canal: Is 8 Locks Flat the city’s best new patio?

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There is a curious buzz in the air as I stroll towards 8 Locks’ Flat, the new patio restaurant on the shore of the Rideau Canal. All around me interested onlookers – whether biking, running, walking or rollerblading – scan the recently installed wooden deck that is filled with people eating and drinking. “We should stop there on our way back,” I overhear an intrigued cyclist say to a fellow rider as they bike past the restaurant patio, which is just by the Somerset footbridge next to the University of Ottawa. The brainchild of... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa Chefs Offering up Tasty Taco Experimentation at TacoLot

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Every Sunday until November 4, some of Ottawa’s best chefs will be making their own taco creations to support the Ottawa Food Bank or a charity of the chef’s choice at the TacoLot on Wellington West. While serving up his own creation last Sunday, Urban Pear owner and head chef Ben Baird told Apartment613 that he likes the simplicity of tacos. However, the preparation of his special wild boar tacos with lime cilantro crème fraiche and organic corn and snap pea salsa was not exactly simple. The boar alone took... | Continue reading article

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Join the Green Wave at Simply Raw Express

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When the Canadian Press recently wrote about Ottawa’s flourishing foodie neighbourhood of Hintonburg, writer Jennifer Ditchburn chose to focus on local favourites such as Hintonburger, Suzy Q Doughnuts and the TacoLot (naturally already featured on our blog). While the budding restaurant scene was well covered, a few of the more novel tummy-pleasing spots were missed, including Simply Raw Express. The café and takeaway shop, which opened in May 2012, is quickly becoming a destination for those who prefer their food uncooked and unprocessed. If owners Mark Faul and Natasha Kyssa have their... | Continue reading article

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