The northernmost section of Bank Street has seen many changes to its roster of businesses so far this year. For the purpose of this article we’re specifically covering the section from Wellington to Gilmour, and its surroundings.
First off, it is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to several establishments. Some of our dearly departed are:
German Town Deli, Ichido Ramen, Sooter’s Photography, Celtic Cross Irish Pub, New York Burritos and Meat in the Middle (anyone have the recipe for their potato salad?).
But as they say, when a door closes another opens – and there have been plenty of doors opening in the past six months. Here’s an update on our new arrivals:
Roast‘n Brew Coffee House opened a location on the corner of Queen early this year. For those of you who live in this part of town, you’ll be pleased to know they are bucking the trend of closing when all the public servants flee the area, and are open late enough for you to grab a sandwich or pasta salad for dinner (well, 7pm).
Toronto favourite moved in beside Sports4. They had a non-stop line–up for the first few weeks they were open. We made it there their second week and were very impressed. Ottawa hopped on the pho-train a long time ago, but we seem to get the short end of the noodle when it comes to good ramen places – so Sansotei is a welcome addition to our city.
Ottawa is almost a month old and what a month it has been. It’s been so busy we need to restock on some essentials! Ottawa will be closed for lunch and will resume hours at 4PM tomorrow. Apologies for the inconvenience. 🙏 #sansotei#sansoteiramen#japanese#ramen#delicious#toronto#torontorestaurants#foodtoronto#foodto#goodfoodtoronto#tofoodie#dundas#yonge#markham#markhamfood#ottawa#foodie#foodporn#foodgasm#foodadventures#instagood#instafood#vsco#vscocam
serves the usual Mexican fare, but with a side of European favorites like Greek salads, weinerschnitzel and eiernockerl (Austrian dumplings stuffed with egg). Look for this place right beside Strategy, the board game store.
Just down the way from Bank on Somerset, has opened its doors. It’s an upscale Middle Eastern restaurant named after an old Ottawa favourite (which used to occupy the same location). This youthful reincarnation features an executive chef and sommelier who have both done time at E18hteen – it looks like it’s going to be a hit.
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Drinks, Fitness and more:
[previously on Apt613] has opened under Escape Manor on Queen Street. This golf simulation bar is going for the speakeasy vibe, and boasts a surprisingly delicious menu.
– Dorothy Shen is one of Ottawa’s best-known nail artists, and she finally has a spot of her own after sharing with a hair salon for years. Stop by her new bubble-gum pink digs for a $45 mani-pedi, right beside the Golden Baguette.
– This “glass and gifts” dispensary is the second location for Weeds in Ottawa. They offer a wide variety of edibles and other medicinals, and occupy the old location (Stroked Ego moved to a new spot above the Starbucks on Bank and Slater).
Are there any spots we missed? Do you have the recipe for Meat in the Middle’s potato salad? Have you tried any of these places? Comment below to let us know what you think.