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Creative Mornings: Julian Garner on “Unconventional Creativity”

Last month, Creative Mornings brought their blend of pre-lunch intellectualism and coffee to the Ottawa School of Art with a talk hosted by Chef Matthew Carmichael, the man behind Mello’s Pop Up Kitchen. This month, the topic of discussion has shifted from the edible to visual art, with discussion featuring Julian Garner. Long a notable […]

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

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 […]

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Au Café Show adds a spoonful of drama to your coffee

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 […]


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

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 & […]


Chef Matt Carmichael talks Mello’s love and new projects

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 […]

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Union Local 613, where class meets southern comfort

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 […]


327 Wine Bar: Somerset’s newest classy addition

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 […]

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

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 […]

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Ottawa Chefs Offering up Tasty Taco Experimentation at TacoLot

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 […]

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Join the Green Wave at Simply Raw Express

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 […]

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

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 […]


April showers bring Darren Flowers: Brothers Beer Bistro opens on Dalhousie

In early April, 366 Dalhousie resembled a Vietnamese restaurant trashed by marines. Today, a new restaurant has opened featuring a charming, rustic setting with wood and natural colours decorating the interior. The owners were lucky to uncover beautiful brick walls while transforming the old Takara restaurant into Brothers Beer Bistro, which opens tonight. “We wanted something warm and inviting,” […]