e SmoQue Shack’s philosophy is, “Food comes first… licking the plate comes after.” Put it to the test by digging into everything from pulled pork, brisket and ribs to Jamaican jerk and BBQ chicken. Spotlighted on e Food Network’s You Gotta Eat Here, this ByWard Market gem knows how to work a grill and a smoker.
e coffee BBQ sauce leads a pack of nine saucy options; the Shack’s hefty combo platters are meant to be shared, and will turn the crowd at your table into regular Fred Flintstones. 129 York St., 613-789-4245, smoqueshack.com
e summer is the perfect time to visit yme&Again, home to some of the best daytime sandwiches and desserts in the city. An endless parade of festivals (p. 14), coupled with Ottawa’s wealth of beaches and parks (p. 50), means organized visitors should plan ahead to eat outdoors. is food shop and caterer is a one-stop shop for a gourmet picnic. Best bets include the smoked salmon on pumpernickel bun, the Portobello mushroom wrap and homemade squares (peanut butter chocolate and cappuccino brownie!). Limited seating is also available. 1255 Wellington St. W., 613-722-0093, thymeandagain.ca You can’t bring your BBQ with you to Ottawa, so seek out these culinary delights that sizzle off the grill.
##2 Fatboys Southern Smokehouse: southern hospitality with a biker ambience in the ByWard Market fatboys.ca Bytown Bayou: smoke up at this gourmet BBQ food truck bytownbayou.ca Rosie’s Southern Kitchen & Bar: ribs, steak, catfish & more in e Glebe (p. 39) rosiesonbank.ca Foolish Chicken: finger-lickin’ chicken and ribs (and cheesecake) in a casual café (p. 39) foolishchicken.ca Little Red Shack BBQ: a saucy food shack that’s worth the drive to Stittsville littleredshackbbq.com
#63(&34 Hintonburger: Ottawa’s iconic fast-food burger. Fast. Fresh. Local. Handmade. hintonburger.ca
e Works: Ottawa’s iconic gourmet burger; seven locations but e Glebe spot is most central worksburger.com Bite Burger House: boutique burgers! Down your grilled goodies with specialty cocktails and fine wines biteburgerhouse.com Burgers n' Fries Forever: casual Bank Street burger joint; great shakes burgersnfriesforever.com Chez Lucien: one of the city’s best unsung pubs & best burgers (Editor's Pick: the Bourgeois with brie and roasted pear) 137 Murray St.