I’m sure many of us have a childhood attachment to fast-food burger joints: the cardboard packaging, the smell of french fries, and the root beer floats. The team at Gitanes, a fine-dining French restaurant on Elgin Street, decided to recreate this childhood nostalgia centred around the concept of McDonald’s and elevate it into a trendy destination.
Parle began in the early days of the pandemic as a venture called Viet Fresh by owner David Wen, but operated under an umbrella business called Casper Kitchen. With the shutdowns and periodic indoor dining restrictions over the past two years, the Casper Kitchen brand has been able to enjoy massive success due to its delivery-focused model, which allowed Viet Fresh to “go solo” and open their own dine-in location, Parle.
Hi friends! We are Tyler and Steph, the hosts of the Ottawa Pizza Podcast — a show in which two friends try pizza from Ottawa pizza places to determine whether the pizza is, as we say, “good”, just okay, or downright bad.
In their sixth year, Little Jo Berry’s (LJB) bakery is evolving again with a fresh batch of new ideas for Ottawa. Owner Josephine Masterson (the “Jo” of Little Jo Berry), co-creator of Bike Yeah, the upcoming Vegans Who Snack Food Festival, and monthly dinner pop-ups, where another caring business takes over their kitchen, is innovating once again with a new product line and shopping experience.
Cantina Gia is an Italian comfort food restaurant and specialty shop in the heart of the Glebe, created by co-owners Chef Adam Vettorel and Chris Schlesak who started North & Navy back in 2015. Their vibe strikes a perfect balance between intimate and lively, ideal for date nights. The decor is quirky and warm with […]
Last week, we brought you part 1 of this suburban coffee shop roundup, covering great independent spots in the western suburbs of Ottawa. This week, we’ve got a selection of awesome cafés in the southern and eastern suburbs. Enjoy!
I don’t know if Ottawa residents are aware of how many wonderful independent coffee shops exist in the suburbs. Some feel like hidden gems or special secrets I’ve been keeping to myself. So, I’m sharing several of my favourite suburban discoveries here, focusing on non-chain independent coffee shops and cafés without multiple locations, to celebrate their unique qualities.
Some call the snowy spring days of late March and early April Ottawa’s third winter (followed closely by mud season), but I prefer to think of it as the sweetest time of year: maple syrup season!
Ottawa’s Almanac Urban Mill and Bakery is going strong one year into the grind. They have a bright, clean storefront now. But also, importantly, they have pizza.
If you’ve visited Dominion City or Bar Lupulus recently, you might have stumbled upon a noodle pop-up called Paper Tiger. If you’re still craving their ramen, luckily there’s no longer a need to wait for the next pop-up. Paper Tiger has now opened their own permanent location in Old Ottawa South, serving a variety of small bites, ramen, and craft cocktails with a focus on farm-fresh food.
Starling is a fitting name for the ByWard Market’s newest restaurant — lush blue velvet seating and birdcages replace the nautical theme of its predecessor, The Fish Market, symbolically and literally taking over the nest.
In April 2020, just after the start of the pandemic, Apt613 contributors created a gigantic roundup of local restaurants offering takeout while indoor dining was limited or prohibited. Nearly two years later, with indoor dining closed once again, we have updated the list and are once again urging readers to support their favourite places in this difficult time.
It’s the end of December when everything goes quiet, and many of us enjoy delicious seasonal treats. But if you’re in the mood to read about food, rather than just consuming it, we’ve compiled our top 5 most popular Foodie Friday posts of 2021 to whet your appetite and help you make plans for 2022. So grab a snack and see what made Apt613 readers the hungriest this year.
Chef Ric’s moved into the old Rideau Bakery and has expanded the Ottawa Mission’s Food Services Training Program to offer tasty meals from a storefront location.
Apartment613 braved the icy roads and took a tour by bike to hit up these coffee spots that are within walking, biking, or maybe even skiing distance of Gatineau Park