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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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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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Wellington Gastro Pub: The stairway to culinary heaven

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As you open the door of The Wellington Gastropub you will be presented with a set of stairs. They will take you not only to the second floor dining room, but also to the height of culinary delight in Ottawa. Open for five years now, the Gastropub at 1325 Wellington Street West continues to be among the best restaurants in Ottawa. The food, service and décor are three reasons many respect and recognize the Gastropub. Once inside you’ll notice the beautiful natural colours which decorate the trendy dining room and bar.... | Continue reading article

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Kelp and Pressed team-up to bring more tunes to Gladstone Avenue

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The unlikely music venue that brought you several solid weeks of experimental music over the spring is now teaming up with Ottawa’s favourite record label to deliver even more to their sandwich-eating and Kichesippi-sipping customers. Pressed Gourmet Sandwich Bar will soon be hosting Kelp-curated music shows, adding another smaller venue to Ottawa’s indie music scene. The plan is to book shows mainly on Thursday through Saturday, starting once the dinner crowd is done with their pulled pork or smoked brisket. Jeff Stewart from Pressed says he was always interested in the possilibities... | Continue reading article

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