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October 20, 2017

Cozy, comfy Town is always tightly packed; call first to reserve a spot

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Capital eats

There’s no reason you shouldn’t eat like king in Ottawa (ottawatourism.ca). After all, the city is home to our country’s leaders. But that doesn’t mean you have to dine somewhere that’s all business. Here are five restos where casual dress is on the menu. All are no more than a 20-minute walk from the convention centre.

Navarra

93 Murray Street; tel: (613) 241-5500; navarrarestaurant.com


The tapas average $16 a plate at this Mexican-, Latin American- and Spanish-inspired resto, but, by all accounts, you get what you pay for. The chorizo-and-potato-stuffed ancho chiles served with serrano salsa and dehydrated mangos (two for $17) is supposed to be muy delicioso. Reservations can be made online.

Oz Kafé

361 Elgin Street; tel: (613) 234-0907; ozkafe.com


Oz’s artisanal-cheese plate (plus seasonal pickles, smoked almonds and a fresh baguette; small $14, large $23) is ideal for sharing either at a table inside this small, casual resto or outside on its patio. Their vegetarian bento box ($15) is popular too. Snack-menu Sundays are from 6pm to 2am.

Smoque Shack

129 York Street; tel: (613) 789-4245; smoqueshack.com


The sandwiches at this BBQ joint are “to be eaten with two hands.” Their Texas beef brisket is shaved thin and piled high on an ACE Bakery artisanal bun and is served with a warm coffee BBQ sauce for dipping ($8.50) Their pulled pork and tangy slaw sandwich ($8) might make you go hog wild.

Town

296 Elgin Street; tel: (613) 695-8696; townlovesyou.ca


It seems like everyone wants to go to Town. The small Italian resto is always tightly packed. It’s likely because of the grilled octopus served with salsa verde and pig-cheek vinaigrette ($22). Then again, the ricotta stuffed meatballs (soft polenta, san marzano tomatoes, from $11) are really popular too.

Union Local 613

315 Somerset Street West; tel: (613) 231-1010; union613.ca


You’ll have the darndest time pairing your Southern-inspired main with a side. Should you match the cracker-crusted Louisiana catfish with pecan puree ($20) with the cheddar and roasted garlic grits ($5) or the cornbread with bourbon brown butter ($6)? Expect communal seating — and to have a cocktail or two. —

This article was accurate when it was published. Please confirm rates and details directly with the companies in question.

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