Posts Tagged ‘ottawa’

My Best of Ottawa

I’ve been reflecting a lot recently on being grateful, and on what a great city Ottawa is.

So, with that in mind, I’d like to do a best of list, which is HIGHLY opinionated, because it’s not a “user-rated” list it’s MINE, and it’s random.

Best Pizza – Back Lane Cafe. Must be those crazy expensive ovens they put in but this pizza is the best pizza I have had. Authentic Italian-style pizza like I have only ever had in Rome. This pizza is so good that you don’t even need any toppings. I always get the marg but I would eat the crust plane it’s that good
Back Lane Cafe on Urbanspoon

Best late-night drinks – Hintonburg Public House. Despite the fact that the service is terrible, it’s a fun place to go with a great scene, and the cheese curds can’t be beat
The Hintonburg Public House on Urbanspoon

Best Beer – Kichessippi Beer Co http://www.kbeer.ca/ They are only a couple years old but have several great beers and do free brewery tours on Saturdays. Stop by the brewery for a growler, it’s located in Ottawa proper near Carling and Churchill. Follow them on Twitter @kichesippibeer

Best newly opened: Brother’s Beer Bistro. Although I don’t frequent the market as much these days, this place is worth the trek. They have a beer-inspired menu with all beers organized by type. It’s a great place to take someone who doesn’t know much about beer because their knowledgeable staff and the menu itself provide a great learning environment.
Brother's Beer Bistro on Urbanspoon

Best fine-dining: The wellington Gastropub The great thing about this place is consistency. Consistently good service, great food and atmosphere.
Wellington GastroPub on Urbanspoon

Best hopeful: Union is said to open in mid July on Somerset W. I haven’t heard anything about it anywhere on the web but I’m excited because rumor has it they’ll be open late night with a full menu.

Best Bike shop: Kunstadt sports (Glebe). I send my friends here because of their affordable line of house-brand bikes. Even the bigger shops don’t do this, and Kunstadt has a bike of every type, from Road to cruiser and everything in between. These are entry-level bikes but they are great for the price and an excellent way to introduce people to cycling. When they want to upgrade, Kunstadt also has really great higher-quality bikes. The mechanics in the Glebe are also a huge plus because they have 2 senior mechanics working in the same shop. I’ve never had any issues with the quality of work at this shop. If you’re a road cyclist, join them on Mondays at 6 for a group ride, all levels welcome

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Petit Bills Bistro, Wellington West

Well, this post has been in “draft” mode for about 6 months or longer.

PB’s is a “Newfie Bistro with a French accent” (or is it French bistro with a Newfie accent?). That line is a bit kitchy isn’t it? But it works. The Christmas displays are OVER the top, I mean, the whole she-bam, with Santa climbing up a ladder decorating the tree and a train that whizzes around it. When you go in there, you know, IT IS CHRISTMAS!

I love this place. It’s cozy and inviting. The owners, brothers Terry and Randy are ALWAYS there at the bar (one or the other, rarely both) and they know their seafood.

The menu is heavy on the seafood, but it is good. The chowder and the lobster poutine seem to be their “signature” dishes, and both are excellent. The wine list is heavily-VQA oriented, which I love, and they also have my favorite local K-beer on tap.

As always, I recommend sitting at the bar or in the lounge area. You get a more “real” restaurant experience, with the action at the bar and the kitchen within sight

If you haven’t been, check this place out

Petit Bill's Bistro on Urbanspoon