Ottawa Eats: The Last Bite Of Warm Weather
A soft breeze blows through the city offering relief from the hot daze of summer. The result, a fade into fall where the best of patio dining and seasonal restaurants are savoured. For those cherishing the lingering patio weather, a trip to these outdoor-centric restaurants is a must.
181 Richmond Rd.
This hippie food stall serves up eclectic colours and vibrant flavours with a flair for fusion. The Marrakesh Express Moroccan spiced sandwich, Ho Chi Minh marinated pork and MoMo noodle boxes are among the favourites.
The permanent food truck is set amongst a zen stone garden where you’re likely to find a local troubadour strumming a guitar as patrons chow down on mango rice noodles and kick back on rainbow coloured Muskoka chairs soaking in the sunlight.
213 Wellington St. W
Nothing is as reminiscent of summer like the taste of lemon gelato at Filuccia Gelateria in Westboro. Carving out their own slice of patio in a small parking lot of Wellington W., the Italian owners at Filuccia Gelateria are serving up big flavour. Sit beneath the twinkling lights and sample a taste of Italy with flavours like Tiramisu and sour cherry,
Tavern On The Hill
1223 Alexandra Bridge
Poised amidst iconic views of the city, Tavern On The Hill finds its home at the north end of Major’s Hill Park in Ottawa’s downtown core. Spectacular views of the city’s most popular landmarks include the Alexandria Bridge, the Ottawa River, Parliament Hill and the National Gallery of Canada.
The menu is kept simple; a list of mouthwatering gourmet hotdogs like the Seoul Sister topped with ‘Heirloom Kitchen’ kimchi, pickled jalapenos and crispy shallots or the Backyard Dawg dressed with char siu pulled pork, summer slaw and bacon bits. Tavern On The Hill makes simple outdoor pleasures, like eating a hot dog in the park, a chic experience.
The ByWard Market
between York St. and Clarence St.
The ByWard Market is the heart of Ottawa’s patio district, an oasis of rooftop terraces and streetside dining. Weave between the farm fresh market stalls and onto one of many sun-drenched patios that range from upscale choices like Luxe Bistro and Social where you can sip white wine and slurp back oysters, to Irish pubs like Heart & Crown, Aulde Dubliner and Pourhouse.