sig­na­ture dishes of ot­tawa

The Cap­i­tal’s Sig­na­ture Dishes

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Six mouth-wa­ter­ing dishes that are sta­ples in Ot­tawa’s culi­nary scene

beaver­tails, shawarma, pou­tine, per­haps pho. the cap­i­tal isn’t lack­ing for ac­claimed fast-food op­tions. but stop for a minute and take your taste imag­in­ings to a higher plane. what restau­rant dishes are ot­tawa clas­sics? these are unique to a par­tic­u­lar din­ing room, and beloved by le­gions of fans who ex­tol their virtues far and wide. sig­na­ture dishes might be in­no­va­tive and com­plex, but they could just as eas­ily be sim­ple. nev­er­the­less, they have two things in com­mon: they’re in­stantly cher­ished and nearly im­pos­si­ble for the chef to re­move from the menu.

any de­bate over a de­fin­i­tive list could last well into the night, so we’ll just start here with six picks.

the duck confit at les fougères is leg­endary. lit­tle won­der, since

chef-owner charles part has been re­fin­ing it for up­wards of two decades.

benny’s bistro has been serv­ing up “French fast food done right” for years. Its house-made sal­mon gravlax is a thing of beauty, a key el­e­ment in a dish that sees a warm potato salad topped with fresh greens, gravlax, and a flaw­less sunny-side-up egg.

Ab­sinthe sees a large and de­voted fol­low­ing for chef-owner pa­trick Gar­land’s steak frites.

on the dessert front, a nod to Al­lium’s banof­fee pie. sure, the restau­rant’s sig­na­ture event might be the mon­day night tapas, but that choco­late-cream­banana pie is never com­ing off the menu. same goes for the smoque shack’s ken­tucky bour­bon-glazed chicken or mari­posa’s fois gras.

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