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Beavertails are scrumptious, deep-fried, flat pastries in the shape of, you guessed it, beaver tails. Pam and Grant Hooker opened their Byward Market flagship stall in 1980 and haven't looked back ever since. Made with whole-wheat flour and cooked in 100 percent soya oil, plain beaver-tails are actually a relatively healthy snack. For the more adventurous, toppings include cinnamon and sugar or grated cheese. Don't forget to carry cash, as Hooker's Beavertails doesn't accept cards for payment.
Union Local 613 is a haunt for locals and tourists alike. This delightful restaurant takes pride in their local cuisine which incorporates freshly-sourced ingredients. From poultry preparations, meaty dishes, flavors from the North Atlantic Ocean to veggie delights, Union Local 613 serves all of them. The restaurant also has a bar where you can enjoy well-crafted cocktails, house punches and other drinks. The place encourages conversations over drinks and food till 2a from Wednesdays to Saturdays.
If you wish to enjoy a laid back brunch on a weekend then Fraser Café is where your search ends. Yoghurt Pancakes, Poached Eggs and the Panzanella give a refreshing start to your day and Mimosas and smoothies add the extra zest needed. Albeit more popular from brunch, many also explore Fraser Café for lunch and the place does not disappoint. For lunch, try the Chicken Barley Risotto, Braised Pork Pie and do not leave out the Smoked Trout if you like seafood. The Striploin and Pork Belly make great mains if you are having your dinner here. Fraser Café also has a list of impressive wines to complete your fare.
Enjoy the sophistication of inventive gourmet cuisine at Absinthe, located in Mechanicsville. Using this modern day bistro as his playground, is owner and chef de cuisine Patrick Garland, where he combines the great produce of the region with classic French cooking techniques. Along with decadent dishes, enjoy superior quality charcuterie and cheeses supplementing the elegant list of wines served here. Creative and well put together, the delicious offerings of this modish restaurant are ever so often applauded by local media and magazines.