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🍽️ Wednesday Resto Roundup

It’s disheartening to return to a world of no inside dining at our favourite restaurants, but there are lots of convenient and delicious takeout options. 

▪️ The Smoque Shack makes it easy to enjoy their meaty meals at home. They vacuum seal the protein for takeout, so all you have to do is pop the sealed bag in boiling water for the specified time (detailed re-heating instructions are available on their website). They’ve also got Mac ’n’ Cheese, Nachos, and many more sides. Based at Beyond the Pale brewery, you can stock up on beer, too. 250 City Centre Avenue K1R 6K7.

Patios are still a thing all over town, but it’s time to shift gears into BYOB season (bring your own blanket).

▪️Perhaps Ottawa’s twinkliest patio, the Moon Room, offers cozy nooks and crannies for evening cocktail sipping, surrounded by fairy lights and candles. It’s equally magical on a sunny afternoon, though. 442 Preston Street. 

▪️Don’t forget a rare positive aspect of the pandemic is takeout booze. The takeout bottle shop at Hintonburg bar 10fourteen offers an extensive menu of takeaway wine, beer, and cider with your food order. Or stick around and visit their patio out back. Open 5:00pm - 11:00pm every day. 

▪️Finally, here’s a plan for tomorrow (Thursday): Hintonburg Public House’s “Burger, Beer, and Beernut Thursdays” deal includes a beef or vegetarian burger, a tall can of beer, cider, or mead, and spicy beernuts for $25, all to enjoy on the patio or to take away. Available at lunch and dinner. 1020 Wellington Street

☝️Readers’ Haunts

Yesterday we asked readers to plug their favourite restaurants:

Peter J recommends Deacon Brodies, the Scottish pub on Elgin Street, for the duck wings, chicken curry, haggis, and their monthly whisky tasting session. 

Vicki likes Cooper's Gastropub on Cooper Street between Cartier and The Driveway. Get cozy – Cooper’s has overhead heaters, a 'fire-table', and blankets. 

Karin wants you to patronise Ola Cocina Taqueria in Vanier. (And people do – Ola Cocina Taqueria was the runner-up for Best Taco in the Best of Ottawa 2020 Awards.)

🥡 Takeout Canada Wednesday

It's been awhile since we plugged the takeaway services but here we are.

Your first search should be at Love Local Delivery, the Ottawa-born delivery service.

You can also find local restaurants at Local Eats Ottawa, Apartment 613, Together Apart and These will put you in touch with restaurants that offer curbside pickup.

Uber Eats and SkipTheDishes are also options but they take a large per centage of the restaurant’s revenue. It's better to support the restaurant with takeaway.

We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren


Weather: 🌤️ Clearing. High of 15°  

Number: $17,000,000. The amount of money Area X.O. has received for expansion. Area X.O is a potemkin village near Hunt Club Road and Woodroffe Avenue for testing driverless cars complete with streets, intersections, buildings and a railway crossing. Area X.O. was formerly known as Ottawa L5.  [Ottawa Citizen]

Ottawan of the Day:  Pierre Poirier. Poirier is the new Chief of the Ottawa Paramedic Service. He was previously the City's manager of security and emergency management [CBC]

Quote: “I think the Ottawa food scene, for the past three or four years, has been the best in Canada” – Restaurant designer Andrew Reeves whose firm helped three restaurants open this year, and a fourth soon [Ottawa Business Journal] 


For up-to-date info: 

Ottawa Public Health dashboard     Outaouais Public Health dashboard

OTTAWA: There have been 5662 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 116 since yesterday, and 297 deaths, no new reports.

OUTAOUAIS: There have been 1830 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 31 since yesterday, and 34 deaths, no new reports. 

⭕ Gatineau mayor says Ontario/Quebec checkpoints could resume at any time  [CBC]

⭕ Canada’s chief medical officer, Dr Theresa Tam, says kids can trick or treat, with physically distancing and hockey-stick-delivered chocolate. As Ottawa is a COVID-19 red zone, Tam's advice may be overruled by Ottawa Public Health  []

⭕ McDonald’s inside the Walmart in South Keys Mall and the one at Bank Street and Hunt Club Road are temporarily closed as staffer who worked at both tested positive for COVID-19 [CBC]

⭕ Porter Airlines, which flies from YOW, won't restart service until December. The airline grounded itself in March and previously planned to restart service this month. [Ottawa Matters]

🍁 The Canada COVID Alert App

Be alerted if you have come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The app now works in Quebec as well as Ontario. 

📲 How It Works  [Apple App Store] [Google Play Store]

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▪️Ottawa’s final household hazardous waste drop-off for the year is Wednesday October 21 – Sunday October 25. COVID-19 rules mean that the staff cannot help you lift items out – it must be in a bag or box and drive-through only. Items accepted include aerosol containers, propane cylinders, disinfectants, fluorescent bulbs/tubes, fire extinguishers, fertilizers and pesticides, mercury switches/thermometers, needles and syringes, pharmaceuticals, paints and coatings, oven and window cleaners, gasoline, and pool chemicals. Electronic waste is not accepted this time [City of Ottawa] 


▪️New draft pick is already Ottawa Senator material. Tim Stützle, the German hockey star that was Ottawa's first-round draft pick has broken his arm. He’ll have surgery next week. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️The National Capital Commission kicks pedestrians and cyclists off its parkways in favour of cars. The NCC had opened Queen Elizabeth Drive, Sir John A. MacDonald Parkway, and Sir George-Étienne Cartier Parkway to human powered transport earlier in the year in a bid to create more space for people to be physically distant in public. Over 600,000 people used the parkways this summer. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️Owner of concrete 1970s apartment building argues that his building is not architectually significant. The City's heritage committee wants to add 309 buildings to its heritage register, noting that one, 10 The Driveway, is an example of Brutalism. Michael Casey of Arnon Corp. told the committee, ‘the building doesn’t have a strong historical connection to the community'. Casey's collegue said, “the building actually stands in contrast with the rest of the community. It just isn’t remarkable.” Arnon’s website says  “10 Driveway is a beautiful high-rise building.”  [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️The Provincial police watchdog wants to interview three Ottawa police officers over the death of a 23 year-old last week. The three officers identified by the Special Investigations Unit can legally refuse to speak or provide their notes to the SIU. Anthony Aust fell from his 12th story apartment after Ottawa Police raided his apartment using a flash grenade, looking for drugs. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk is suing Ottawa Sun columnist Rick Gibbons for defamation. Melnyk alleges that the columnist’s articles suggest he was dishonest and tried to divert money from the Senator’s charity. Melnyk is asking for $500,000 in reparation. [TSN]

▪️Local woman takes cute Thanksgiving photo of her husband and son in autumn leaves [Instagram]


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