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Best for Families in Ottawa

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Grounded Kitchen & Coffeehouse

A place that can do no wrong, Grounded Kitchen & Coffeehouse presents good food and great service in an even better ambiance. An exciting menu filled with scrumptious delicacies made with the best available ingredients, this charming cafe is one of the best breakfast and brunch places in town. The unconventional decor of the cafe, made with all things recycled, sure does leave a lasting impression on you. As the night falls, this cafe tempts socialites with its full bar menu and a fine bistro fare.

Ottawa, ON, Canada
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Moulin de Provence

This atmospheric space in the ByWard Market bustles with activity throughout the week, with shoppers and tourists pouring in to grab a quick lunch, cradle a sweet tooth or binge on their many baked goods. Moulin de Provence prepares everything fresh, filling up nearly 70 display cases with a line-up of delicious goodies. Tourists typically drop in for a bite of their famous Obama Cookie, christened so as to commemorate President Barack Obama's visit here in 2009. For more elaborate meals, order one of their fresh salads that span across Greek, Thai, Italian, African and Mediterranean origins. Their wonderful bakery section floors you with a bunch of confections, mousse, chocolate-based tarts, pies and more. A take-out menu is also on stand-by on anyone who wants to make a quick stop.

Ottawa, ON, Canada
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Ahora Mexican Cuisine

Grab a bite at this friendly, charming Mexican restaurant and you are guaranteed to come back for more. None of the usual Americanized grub can be spotted at this ground-level eatery, which is decorated in bright hues to cheer the spirits. Hot, satisfying portions of burritos and tortillas arrive with a host of sauces that you can use liberally to dress up your meal. The service is prompt, quite living up to the name, Ahora, which means right away. A little salsa bar provides an interesting range of the celebrated dish, in various preparations. Entrees can be accompanied with huge helpings of sides and salads that will insure the use of a doggie bag at the end of the meal. Don't forget to sample some of the decadent desserts.

Ottawa, ON, Canada
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Elgin Street Diner

Whether it's for family outings, power lunches or late night munchies, locals flock to this downtown diner for great eats. The house specialty is smoked salmon, but try the local favorite Poutine for a real dining treat. This French Canadian specialty consists of fries, gravy and cheese curds and more to devour. Though the diner doesn't serve alcoholic beverages, it offers a variety milkshakes, fresh juices, sodas and more to accompany your meal. Its rustic interiors have a striking teal blue seating where you can sit comfortably and enjoy your meal as the friendly servers bring your orders to you.

Ottawa, ON, Canada
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Wilf & Ada's

Set on the former space of Ada's Diner, Wilf & Ada's is an ode to the couple who were behind the former eatery that was so loved in the neighborhood. The brainchild of local restaurateurs, it dons a hip look with eclectic artworks, exposed bricks, industrial lighting and wooden elements. A popular breakfast and lunch spot, this diner is known for its made-from-scratch menu which includes all-day breakfast, sandwiches, lunch, brunch, desserts and soups. They also have a small selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages to accompany your meals. Satisfy your morning hunger pangs with their dishes like Hungryman, Eggs in Purgatory, Bare Bones or Classic. For a quickie lunch, savor their poutine galvaude, hot chicken and dagwood. Don't forget to try the crowd favorite sugar pie to round-off your meal.

Ottawa, ON, Canada
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Wild Oat Bakery

Wild Oat Bakery is a lovely little restaurant that is known for their delicious meat free fare. Everything is made on-site and prepared fresh daily. From hearty breakfasts, decadent desserts to quickie lunches, this place is always buzzing with people from various walks of life. Try their dishes like wild plate which comprises of baked yam, free range eggs, potato fries, wild oat toast, homemade jam and shredded mozzarella with some sauteed veggies or Trinidadian bean wrap. The convivial ambiance will make you feel at home and the tasty bites will make you want to come back for more. Please bring cash as credit cards are not accepted.

Ottawa, ON, Canada
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Stella Luna Gelato Cafe

Pamper your sweet tooth at Stella Luna Gelato Cafe where authentic Italian desserts bring out the child in you. A name synonymous with gourmet gelatos, the cafe also serves one of the best lunch menus in Ottawas. Choose from Italian paninis, sandwiches, soups or simply indulge in scrumptious crepes, waffles, frappes and smoothies. Use of fine ingredients, local as well as sourced, promise you your money worth here. Offering a vibrant ambiance, Stella Luna hopes to promote the lively culture of Italy where everyday is an occasion.

Ottawa, ON, Canada
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A Thing For Chocolate

Those with a sweet tooth simply cannot miss A Thing For Chocolate. This endearing restaurant prides itself on their delicious menu dictating all things chocolate. Crepes are their forte and the place has over ten variants on offer. Try the House Special crepe, which comes to your table glazed with chocolate spread and stuffed with fresh fruits, or bite into the moreish Dulce De Leche, a crepe infused with caramel and laden with bananas. Strawberries, white chocolate, custard and many more add-ons make your crepes a heavenly treat. A Thing For Chocolate also has an extensive selection of drinks that range from hot chocolates, lattes to iced coffees. Ice creams include flavors like Creme Brulee, Death by Chocolate, Chocolate Fondue and Hazelnut Choco Cake.

Ottawa, ON, Canada
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Hard Stones Grill

One in a chain of three restaurants which are scattered around Ontario, Hard Stones Grill is a great place to come to for a meal with the family. Serving breakfast and brunch dishes from early morning hours and hearty items like pizzas, burgers, steaks and pastas through the rest of the day, the restaurant sees quite a bit of the local crowd. Cozy booths and mood lighting give the place a warm welcoming ambiance. This is also a popular spot for people to drop in on a game night to cheer on their favorite teams over a pint of beer.

Ottawa, ON, Canada
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