As you probably already know (because I’ve posted about it a million times) Ottawa has officially opened its own food hall! The concept comes from major cities like NYC and Boston but is the first of its kind. It’s called Queen Street Fare and its the second food hall in Canada, the first being in Toronto. Queen Street Fare is special however because it’s the first food hall to offer live music every. single. day. That’s right, no matter what day of the week, there will be live music playing at some point in the day. This is HUGE. There’s no other food hall doing this, we are the first. I worked closely with QSF during their launch phase. I was one of the only people that got to see the space grow, visiting regularly and giving my followers exclusive sneak peeks on the space. I also was the first to try Capitol Burger Counter and attend the VIP Launch Party!
Now for the food, and oh my GOODNESS where do I start?
Capitol Burger Counter is changing the burger game here in Ottawa. Their standard burger is inspired by that of Shake Shack (a famous burger chain in the U.S.) and is like nothing Ottawa has seen before. They feature a double patty, cheddar cheese, special sauce, pickles, lettuce, tomato, all served on a POTATO bun! I also tried their chicken burger which is Nashville inspired and, I honestly was left speechless.
Bar Robo is open for coffee, tea, donuts and everything in between. They also serve cocktails in the evening. I have yet to try their donuts but at the launch party I saw them and- they look God-sent.
Green Rebel is pretty self-explanatory, Everything GREEN. From salads to fresh juices, they have everything to keep your body happy and healthy. At the VIP party one of the dishes they made were AVOCADO BROWNIE CAKE POPS… need I say more?
Fiazza is already Ottawa famous. They make thin-crust oven fired pizzas that are ready in 3 MINUTES! Not to mention they taste phenomenal and have some pretty unique flavours (my favourite is the prosciutto & arugula).
Mercadito offers Mexican street-style food crafted by the one and only Top Chef Winner, René Rodriguez. I missed my opportunity to try Mercadito at the launch party (and I’m still mad at myself for it) but I can’t wait to try it ASAP!
Sen Kitchen offers traditional Vietnamese cuisine, like bao buns, banh mi etc. Their first location can be found at Lansdowne Park in the Glebe!
And last but not least, Q-Bar. Q-Bar offers a long list of speciality cocktails with expert mixologists. They also have a killer happy hour with $1/oz of wine from 4-7PM during the week!
I had SO much fun and was honoured to play such a big part in the launch of QSF. I can’t wait to make a return! *wipes drool*