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October 24, 2011

Ottawa restaurants pubs cafes – Reddit

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http://www.reddit.com/r/ottawa/comments/lmewt/best_cheap_place_to_go_on_a_date/

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[–]c0urtn33 8 points 1 day ago

On dalhousie theres a mexican place called Ahora. Cheep and delicious. Probably not where youd want to bring a diva girl though.

[–]artofwelding 3 points 1 day ago

They serve Margaritas! I don’t know if they’re good!

[–]c0urtn33 1 point 23 hours ago

Happy cake day!

[–]treesnbiochem 3 points 1 day ago

Love this place. A girl took me out there once and it is now one of my favs for second/third dates.

[–]dancehallsailor 2 points 1 day ago

Seconded – best Mexican food ever, you can get a pitcher of Sangria and dinner for both of you for like, thirty dollars.

[–]moist_towelette 0 points 1 day ago

A diva girl? wait wut?

[–]c0urtn33 3 points 1 day ago

the style of the restaurant being cafeteria like, not getting served by waiters, but getting the food yourself. If the girl is too prissy she may not like that.

[–]moist_towelette 2 points 23 hours ago

Uh oh. I bet the divo guys wouldn’t like that either. But the informal nature of it makes for such a fun date!

[–]matty323 -1 points 22 hours ago

Cheap? $15 for 3 tacos is not cheap.

[–]Canadave 4 points 20 hours ago

Three tacos is like $13, and comes with two sides. And considering the quality of their food, the prices are amazing.

[–]sokz 2 points 9 hours ago

No, I agree with this guy, I LOVE Ahora and sing its praises regularly but it’s not “cheap.” You tell someone a place has good cheap tacos and they think street food cheap. 2 tacos and a handful of chips at Ahora is what, 11-12 dollars? It’s not cheap but it is damn good.

[–]AlexTheGreat 1 point 7 hours ago

It used to be much cheaper before it got popular, so its reputation for being inexpensive is still sticking even though it’s not true anymore.

[–]sokz 1 point 4 hours ago

So I have noticed the price creeping up over the last 4 years or so.. I don’t go there NEARLY as often as I used to because it’s not quite satisfying my ideal cost:portion ratio.

[–]Canadave 1 point 3 hours ago

I guess I’m thinking by the standards of going out for a meal it’s pretty cheap. Unless you’re getting actual fast food there’s not much that’s going to be cheaper, and you can’t have a drink at a fast food place.

[–]matty323 1 point 5 hours ago

Yes, it does come with two sides. But salad, rice and beans are about as cheap as cheap comes. I still maintain that while its good, its too expensive to be called cheap.

[–]catherinecg 7 points 1 day ago

Museums (Art, Civilization, War) are free on Thursday nights.

[–]shawnpeps 6 points 1 day ago

Chez Lucien or The Manx would be my suggestions. They carry good beers, the atmosphere is nice in both places and they’re not ultra expensive.

[–]hereyagoes 4 points 1 day ago

Raw Sugar Cafe

[–]FreezerB 2 points 23 hours ago

Sushi 88 beside it is a great date place but not as cheap.

[–]bty2047 1 point 23 hours ago

just go to kettleman’s

[–]artofwelding 1 point 1 day ago

My brain can only think of expensive things and pubs. Call me when you want suggestions for those.

[–]zouave1[S] 1 point 1 day ago

Pubs can definitely be included.

[–]artofwelding 3 points 1 day ago

In terms of pubs, there’s the Brig, which has a really wonderful courtyard in the nicer seasons. They’re not particularly cheap, but reasonable. There’s also Chez Lucien, which has reasonably-priced drinks and fantastic burgers. The Manx on Elgin is very popular and has a decent ambiance when they don’t have someone playing live music. The food is great, and they also have a late-night food menu.

Slightly less publike: The Corner Bar/grill on Bank is not bad, more restaurant-y than publike but totally good for a drink, and not too insane pricewise. They do pretty decent food too.

The Preston has reeally cheap drink deals every night ($5 doubles etc) and although I have only been outside, the inside looks decent.

More expensive but date-y: the Moon Room on Preston.

[–]skeetar 2 points 10 hours ago

This person knows what they’re talking about. Each suggestion is win.

[–]Santera 2 points 1 day ago

The Old Dirty Dom, it will make or break any first date.

[–]Zblewski 3 points 1 day ago

Never been there, but I’ve heard a lot of discouraging remarks about that place. Why on earth is it a good date spot?

[–]Santera 3 points 1 day ago

If she’s shallow she will hate it. If she’s cool, she won’t be judgmental.

[–]Saline_Drip[!] 2 points 12 hours ago

So basically, if you’re expecting something halway decent, you’re shallow?

Allow me this fit of laughter.

[–]Santera 2 points 10 hours ago

No no no, this is just my personal taste for informal dates. If you want to wow a girl don’t bring her there. If you are searching for a down to earth girl, she will pass this test.

[–]Saline_Drip[!] 1 point 8 hours ago

Ah k, good to know 😉

[–]skootles 1 point 1 day ago

Eh, you either love the dom or hate it I guess. I wouldn’t call it a good date spot though, more of a place to go drink and maybe play pool.

[–]tsahandjob 1 point 11 hours ago

it’s a dive bar, if she’s that kind of girl it will work if not she will hate it

[–]sirspate 0 points 23 hours ago

Lunch downtown? Grab a burger and beer at the Lieutenant’s Pump. (Sorry, that’s all I got; I don’t get out much..)

[–]seamusfish 2 points 19 hours ago

The Prescott on Preston has cheap drink and food, the restaurant side (on the left, if you are facing the front of the building) is appropriate, the other side is a sports bar. If you’re looking for something cheap to do, the Mayfair Theatre shows great cult movies and has a cool atmosphere.

[–]Glossy_Paper 1 point 13 hours ago

Minigolf.

[–]skeetar 1 point 10 hours ago

Howdy fellow Vanmigrant.

If you’re both anglophones, going to some franco places in Gatineau can be fun if you have basic workable French. Scrabble and a show at Raw Sugar is great (added bonus, coffee and beer) Anything apt613.ca posts is generally legit Couchassassin.com has listings of local events

Lots of restaurants: Everything already suggested Quinn’s (pub, old ottawa south) Jak’s Kitchen (preston, breakfast/lunch) Green Door (veg buffet) Govindas (Hari Krisha student dive) Los Tacos de Mauro (new place, down street from Ahora, is in a nightclub but man does Mauro know what he’s doing)

Exploring historic sites is fun too. Like sneaking into places you probably shouldn’t be in the Chateau Laurier.

[–]mrAsshole 1 point 6 hours ago

Garlic Corner at the corner of Dalhousie and York. 2 Canadians for 5 bucks and they have hookahs.

[–]sroske1 -1 points 1 day ago

yoga kirtans, like sing-a-longs. they are often by donation. just give a few of the studios a call, like Rama Lotus, Santosha, or Pranashanti.

edit. drink alcohol after the kirtan, not before.

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[–]c0urtn33 8 points 1 day ago

On dalhousie theres a mexican place called Ahora. Cheep and delicious. Probably not where youd want to bring a diva girl though.

[–]artofwelding 3 points 1 day ago

They serve Margaritas! I don’t know if they’re good!

[–]c0urtn33 1 point 23 hours ago

Happy cake day!

[–]treesnbiochem 3 points 1 day ago

Love this place. A girl took me out there once and it is now one of my favs for second/third dates.

[–]dancehallsailor 2 points 1 day ago

Seconded – best Mexican food ever, you can get a pitcher of Sangria and dinner for both of you for like, thirty dollars.

[–]moist_towelette 0 points 1 day ago

A diva girl? wait wut?

[–]c0urtn33 3 points 1 day ago

the style of the restaurant being cafeteria like, not getting served by waiters, but getting the food yourself. If the girl is too prissy she may not like that.

[–]moist_towelette 2 points 23 hours ago

Uh oh. I bet the divo guys wouldn’t like that either. But the informal nature of it makes for such a fun date!

[–]matty323 -1 points 22 hours ago

Cheap? $15 for 3 tacos is not cheap.

[–]Canadave 4 points 20 hours ago

Three tacos is like $13, and comes with two sides. And considering the quality of their food, the prices are amazing.

[–]sokz 2 points 9 hours ago

No, I agree with this guy, I LOVE Ahora and sing its praises regularly but it’s not “cheap.” You tell someone a place has good cheap tacos and they think street food cheap. 2 tacos and a handful of chips at Ahora is what, 11-12 dollars? It’s not cheap but it is damn good.

[–]AlexTheGreat 1 point 7 hours ago

It used to be much cheaper before it got popular, so its reputation for being inexpensive is still sticking even though it’s not true anymore.

[–]sokz 1 point 4 hours ago

So I have noticed the price creeping up over the last 4 years or so.. I don’t go there NEARLY as often as I used to because it’s not quite satisfying my ideal cost:portion ratio.

[–]Canadave 1 point 3 hours ago

I guess I’m thinking by the standards of going out for a meal it’s pretty cheap. Unless you’re getting actual fast food there’s not much that’s going to be cheaper, and you can’t have a drink at a fast food place.

[–]matty323 1 point 5 hours ago

Yes, it does come with two sides. But salad, rice and beans are about as cheap as cheap comes. I still maintain that while its good, its too expensive to be called cheap.

[–]catherinecg 7 points 1 day ago

Museums (Art, Civilization, War) are free on Thursday nights.

[–]shawnpeps 6 points 1 day ago

Chez Lucien or The Manx would be my suggestions. They carry good beers, the atmosphere is nice in both places and they’re not ultra expensive.

[–]hereyagoes 4 points 1 day ago

Raw Sugar Cafe

[–]FreezerB 2 points 23 hours ago

Sushi 88 beside it is a great date place but not as cheap.

[–]bty2047 1 point 23 hours ago

just go to kettleman’s

[–]artofwelding 1 point 1 day ago

My brain can only think of expensive things and pubs. Call me when you want suggestions for those.

[–]zouave1[S] 1 point 1 day ago

Pubs can definitely be included.

[–]artofwelding 3 points 1 day ago

In terms of pubs, there’s the Brig, which has a really wonderful courtyard in the nicer seasons. They’re not particularly cheap, but reasonable. There’s also Chez Lucien, which has reasonably-priced drinks and fantastic burgers. The Manx on Elgin is very popular and has a decent ambiance when they don’t have someone playing live music. The food is great, and they also have a late-night food menu.

Slightly less publike: The Corner Bar/grill on Bank is not bad, more restaurant-y than publike but totally good for a drink, and not too insane pricewise. They do pretty decent food too.

The Preston has reeally cheap drink deals every night ($5 doubles etc) and although I have only been outside, the inside looks decent.

More expensive but date-y: the Moon Room on Preston.

[–]skeetar 2 points 10 hours ago

This person knows what they’re talking about. Each suggestion is win.

[–]Santera 2 points 1 day ago

The Old Dirty Dom, it will make or break any first date.

[–]Zblewski 3 points 1 day ago

Never been there, but I’ve heard a lot of discouraging remarks about that place. Why on earth is it a good date spot?

[–]Santera 3 points 1 day ago

If she’s shallow she will hate it. If she’s cool, she won’t be judgmental.

[–]Saline_Drip[!] 2 points 12 hours ago

So basically, if you’re expecting something halway decent, you’re shallow?

Allow me this fit of laughter.

[–]Santera 2 points 10 hours ago

No no no, this is just my personal taste for informal dates. If you want to wow a girl don’t bring her there. If you are searching for a down to earth girl, she will pass this test.

[–]Saline_Drip[!] 1 point 8 hours ago

Ah k, good to know 😉

[–]skootles 1 point 1 day ago

Eh, you either love the dom or hate it I guess. I wouldn’t call it a good date spot though, more of a place to go drink and maybe play pool.

[–]tsahandjob 1 point 11 hours ago

it’s a dive bar, if she’s that kind of girl it will work if not she will hate it

[–]sirspate 0 points 23 hours ago

Lunch downtown? Grab a burger and beer at the Lieutenant’s Pump. (Sorry, that’s all I got; I don’t get out much..)

[–]seamusfish 2 points 19 hours ago

The Prescott on Preston has cheap drink and food, the restaurant side (on the left, if you are facing the front of the building) is appropriate, the other side is a sports bar. If you’re looking for something cheap to do, the Mayfair Theatre shows great cult movies and has a cool atmosphere.

[–]Glossy_Paper 1 point 13 hours ago

Minigolf.

[–]skeetar 1 point 10 hours ago

Howdy fellow Vanmigrant.

If you’re both anglophones, going to some franco places in Gatineau can be fun if you have basic workable French. Scrabble and a show at Raw Sugar is great (added bonus, coffee and beer) Anything apt613.ca posts is generally legit Couchassassin.com has listings of local events

Lots of restaurants: Everything already suggested Quinn’s (pub, old ottawa south) Jak’s Kitchen (preston, breakfast/lunch) Green Door (veg buffet) Govindas (Hari Krisha student dive) Los Tacos de Mauro (new place, down street from Ahora, is in a nightclub but man does Mauro know what he’s doing)

Exploring historic sites is fun too. Like sneaking into places you probably shouldn’t be in the Chateau Laurier.

[–]mrAsshole 1 point 6 hours ago

Garlic Corner at the corner of Dalhousie and York. 2 Canadians for 5 bucks and they have hookahs.

[–]sroske1 -1 points 1 day ago

yoga kirtans, like sing-a-longs. they are often by donation. just give a few of the studios a call, like Rama Lotus, Santosha, or Pranashanti.

edit. drink alcohol after the kirtan, not before.

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