KELP welcomes Canada to Ottawa & JUNOfest! /

March 29, 2012

This weekend we welcome over a hundred bands to our fine city, as well as nominees for the 2012 Juno Awards. We are going to be hanging out at the Dom Polski most of the weekend, with a few great shows and even a few world renowned poster artists. Did we mention food? Come on down!

We threw together this handy map with some of our favourite places to eat and buy music. Check out these hidden gems (and we are really just scratching the surface here…) of Ottawa in your spare time, and have a great JUNO weekend!

LEGEND (see map below):

1. Hintonburg Public House (1020 Wellington W)
A new entry in the burgeoning Hintonburg hood, take your taste buds on a trip and order a clutch of their small plates.
2. Suzy Q Doughnuts (991 Wellington W)
Gourmet doughnuts. Don’t really think I need to hard sell this one.
3. Art-is-in Bakery (250 City Centre, #112)
Melt-in-your-mouth bread; essential brunch stop.
4. Black Cat Bistro (428 Preston)
Intimate laidback atmosphere and the best place to eat on Preston, Black Cat has been a legend for years in Ottawa, and chef Trish is a true original.
5. Moon Room (442 Preston)
Late night favourite, with stellar wine/beer selection and lovely little plates.
6. Atelier (540 Rochester)
You will shell out, but Chef Marc Lepine just mopped the floor with his opponents and was crowned Canadian Culinary Champion in Kelowna last month. What more do you need to know?
7. Huong’s Vietnamese Bistro (343 Booth)
The Banh Xeo (vietnamese crispy pancakes with shrimp and pork) and their homemade satay soup are weekly staples.
8. Ju Xiang Yuan (641 Somerset W)
Killer northern Chinese menu. Fish hot pot, lamb/tofu skewers and Mapo Tofu are favourites.
9. Pressed (750 Gladstone)
Weekend waffles are a new tradition. Liquor license granted just this week, so will also be a great afternoon haunt from hereon in.
10. Raw Sugar (692 Somerset)
Cafe favourite. A great place to sink into the couch with carrot cake, cappuccino and a new book.
11. Zen Kitchen (634 Somerset W)
Cozy veggie haven in meat-heavy Chinatown.
12. Compact Music (190 Bank)
Vinyl & CDs with a heavy focus on local music!
13. Whalesbone Oyster House (430 Bank)
Raucous after-work hotspot with vinyl on the hi-fi, and an open kitchen serving a cutting-edge menu of delicious sea and land-lubber fare.
14. Birdman Sound (593B Bank)
Legendary Ottawa vinyl haunt specializing in garage/psych/punk/funk/soul/world/outside sounds.
15. Dom Polski SPK (379 Waverley)
Polish Veteran’s Hall where Kelp will be shacked up all weekend for Junofest (see back of flyer for details).
16. The Record Shaap (209 Gilmour)
Watch your head, but once you’re in, feast on Matty’s well-curated stacks of vinyl.
17. Manx Pub (370 Elgin)
A local and tourist favorite, but don’t expect standard pub grub. This is 4-star resto eats at 2-star prices; chef Jarrah is a genius.
18. Oz Cafe (361 Elgin)
Food is well below-market price for the amazingness they are delivering to your mouth. Awesome DJs post up here at night to add to the atmosphere.
19. Murray St (110 Murray)
Chef Steve’s meat heaven continues to impress, and their brunch is top notch.
20. Chez Lucien (137 Murray)
Escape to Quebec City or Montreal’s St. Denis in the comfort of downtown Ottawa. The Hambourgeoisie plate is a hit with us.
21. Los Tacos de Mauro (349 Dalhousie)
Best mexican in town, and who can beat eating on a dancefloor…it becomes a discotheque at night!
22. Vertigo Records (193 Rideau)
Central location with expansive and diverse vinyl selection. Top drawer!


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