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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.
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.
Located in close proximity to the Radisson Hotel Ottawa, Baton Rouge is one of the favorite spots in the city for hotel guests to grab a fine steakhouse dinner. The restaurant boasts of a sumptuous decor, highlighted by plush seats and beautiful lighting, with a stylish bar to elevate the experience. Alongside steaks, Baton Rouge also serves fresh seafood dinners, with patrons raving about the Atlantic Salmon and the Seared Ahi Tuna. Ribs are the way to go here, with the dry-aged Prime Rib and Ribs & Lobster being stellar choices. Chicken varieties are available as well. There is an extensive wine list to accompany the meals, ranging from Sauvignon Blanc varieties to Pinot Noirs.
A relentless innovator, Kevin Mathieson delights patrons with his unique endeavors at Art Is In Bakery known for its eccentric gastronomic offerings. An edgy bakery overflowing with obsessively passionate bakers, be certain to find an incredible range of breakfast and lunch specials sure to hit the spot. Offering a relief to the parched are delicious cups of fair trade, organic coffees and teas on offer. Moderately priced, this unconventional bakery attracts audiences of all budgets to enjoy art through food.
SuzyQ is a doughnut shop which is known for its traditional Finnish-style doughnuts. The recipe followed here resembles that of the Sugar Munkki of Finland, which is considered to be the first variety of doughnut to have been made. However, the chef uses several innovative and unique toppings on the doughnuts along with the usual chocolate, caramel and cookies and cream. The bacon and maple topped doughnut as well as seasonal varieties like Mango Lassi and Blue Vanilla Fruit Loop doughnuts are some of the more unusual varieties found here. All in all, these handcrafted treats are perfect to indulge your sweet tooth with.
If food is art then Atelier can be described as the custodian of that metaphor. The restaurant has an intimate ambiance with dim lights that create just the right atmosphere for a special occasion. Every dish served here is created after thorough research of ingredients. Also, vibrant colors and explosive flavors are common throughout from appetizers to the three dessert courses, leaving no room for disappointment. The team behind the scene takes utmost effort in presentation of each dish and drama never leaves your dining table at Atelier. Here, food lasts for moments on your palate but stays in your memory forever.
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.
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.
Located in an erstwhile bank building, Gezellig is an elegant restaurant which offers high quality Canadian food and a range of fine wines. Although the menu concentrates on Canadian dishes, it takes its influences from culinary traditions from the world over. Complementing these flavors perfectly, the wines are carefully chosen from and globally sourced. With neutral tones, mood lighting and tasteful decor, the restaurant is both classy and inviting. Following the meaning of its own name which is a Dutch word for a cozy atmosphere, the restaurant is a perfect place for a family meal.