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Ottawa’s 9 Best Options for Casual Eats

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Whether you’re in a hurry and need to grab a quick bite or you’re traveling on a budget and don’t have the extra cash to spend on a true gourmet meal, sometimes you simply need some casual eats. But that doesn’t mean you have to give up flavor or quality! Check out this list to learn about some of Ottawa’s best casual eats that walk the fine line between casual, affordable meals and high-quality dining experiences. The restaurants on this list manage to bring you the freshest ingredients and the highest quality meals while keeping your dining experience quick, cheap, and casual. With everything from the best falafel in all of Ottawa, to the pizza with the freshest ingredients, to vegan and vegetarian options, you won’t run short of ideas for a quick and tasty bite while on your trip to Ottawa.

1. Fiazza Fresh Fired

Fiazza Fresh Fired
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Fiazza Fresh Fired is exactly that – FRESH. The ingredients that make up the delicious homemade pizzas and salads are only the freshest and highest quality. With hand rolled dough and sauces that are all natural and preservative free, tasty chicken roasted in-house, fresh sausages from local vendors, and made to order salads chock full of delicious greens, it’s hard to beat the quality of food or ingredients at Fiazza.

2. Chickpeas

Chickpeas
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Chickpeas keeps it simple and focuses on what they do best: hummus and falafel. You won’t see a wide variety of different dishes on their menu, but what they do offer is to die for. As Ottawa’s first and only falafel and hummus eatery, it makes sense that they would perfected their recipes. With ingredients that are always fresh and never frozen or canned, Chickpeas is perfect if you’re craving something simple, healthy, and delicious!

3. EVOO Greek Kitchen

EVOO Greek Kitchen
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EVOO Greek Kitchen is simple, clean, and unbeatable when it comes to delivering flavorful and fun Greek dishes at an affordable price point. The stylish, modern dining room offers elevated Greek Dishes, cocktails, and wines. With options for sharing, both traditional and innovative Greek options, and a tasty brunch menu, EVOO is undoubtedly one of the top options in Ottawa for yummy and innovative Mediterranean Cuisine.

4. Good Eats Cafe

Good Eats Cafe
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Good Eats Cafe is a great casual option if you are looking for something that is affordable, delicious, and super healthy while on vacation in Ottawa. Good Eats serves up a changing weekly menu of fresh sandwiches and salads, as well as sweet treats, breakfast sandwiches and baked goods. Along with omnivores, they also cater to gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian preferences. If you need a little caffeine kick, their coffee is some of the best in town with their beans coming from local roasters, the Equator, based in Almonte. And as an added bonus, Good Eats recently started offering brunch on Sundays from 9-2! We haven’t tried the new additions to the menu, but going off what we’ve tasted so far, we know it will definitely be delicious.

5. Sula Wok

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If you’re looking for a fun and original Asian taste adventure while visiting Ottawa, look no further than Sula Wok. Chef Sula, originally from Tibet, is an expert at blending traditional Asian flavours into popular street foods of the world. She offers distinctive tastes and food combinations that are unique to the newly opened restaurant and mobile food cart business located on Main street in Old Ottawa East. With daily specials, there is always something tasty and affordable on the menu. We recommend checking out Momo Mondays or Taco Tuesdays for some delicious and original Asian street food options, but any day of the week you’ll be sure to find some light, tasty and healthy Asian creations.

6. Taqueria Kukulkan

Taqueria Kukulkan
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Taqueria Kukulkan’s
brightly colored kitchen and dining space is just as diverse and vibrant as their authentic Mexican menu. With tasty dishes from all different regions of Mexico, the chefs at Kukulkan have been following recipes passed down from one generation to the next as it has been done for centuries. Guests are encouraged to enjoy some of the best of Mexican culture, including Tequila and Mezcal. With a wide variety of drinks to compliment the complex and lively menu, you can’t go wrong if you’re looking for an affordable and authentic Mexican dining experience while visiting Ottawa.

7. LunchBox

LunchBox
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LunchBox is the new kid in class – a fresh, gourmet take-out spot that is sure to enhance your grab-and-go lunch experience. Serving up fresh salads with flavourful artisan dressings and hearty sandwiches that will leave you with your tastebuds happy and your stomach full, LunchBox is the perfect choice if you need something quick to take with you while you’re on-the-go. Create your own perfect lunch experience by packing a LunchBox: choose your favorite salad or sandwich with a snack, drink, and a little extra treat.

8. Asian Alley

Asian Alley
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Asian Alley, located in the heart of Ottawa’s Byward Market District, serves up cheap and delicious Asian fusian dishes that bring together the flavors of multiple different Asian cuisines including Vietnamese, Indian, and Thai. The Pho at Asian Alley is a perfect cure for the chills after a cold day of sightseeing in Ottawa. Take a break from exploring and settle in for a steaming bowl Vietnamese Pho, Vermicelli, or Beef Rendang.

9. PiRho Grill

PiRho Grill
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Pi Rho is well-known for serving up their signature “true food” Greek and Mediterranean dishes. “True Food” is food that is prepared without compromise. Food that favors locally sourced suppliers. Food that is as delicious as it is healthful. Food that is enhanced and inspired by the quality of every single ingredient. And at Pi Rho, you can taste the true food philosophy in every bite. Pi Rho’s executive chef Luis Molina serves up tasty and healthy Greek and the Mediterranean inspired street cuisine with some of the freshest and tastiest ingredients in the business. Their build your own bowl and pita options are tasty, easy, and healthy casual eating options.

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About the Author: Annie Albrecht

Annie Albrecht is a freelance writer, editor, and content marketing strategist from Austin, TX. Currently based in Madrid, she spends most of her time trotting around Europe, hiking mountains, and facetiming her dog while sipping a glass of red wine. Besides travel, Annie loves discovering new music, lively political discussions, and being outside.

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