Natural light floods Iron Empire Gym’s workout space, which is populated with a weight room stacked with dumbbells, barbells, and machines to work out every muscle in the human body. Treadmills, stair climbers, and ellipticals also fill the space to accommodate cardiovascular requirements.
Au Café Show supports and celebrates the Ottawan region by promoting local artists and sourcing most of its products from nearby suppliers. The café's founders, Frédéric Jobin and Geneviève Shaw, studied theatre at the University of Ottawa, putting them on common ground with many of the artists they promote. Their coffee and espresso beans are roasted by Tierra Coop, and patrons can enjoy them with locally baked breads and pastries as they browse the web using free WiFi. Their staff assembles sandwiches and wraps stacked with gourmet ingredients, such as smoked chicken with fresh strawberries and candied walnuts. Other sandwiches feature calabrese salami with green olives and cheddar, or feta, kalamata olives, and cucumbers. Throughout each month, movie screenings and art shows populate the events calendar.
Owners Chris and Jessica Bishop model the Tartan Pub & Grill after traditional Scottish eateries and match offerings from a menu of classic and reinterpreted pub fare with more than 10 draft beers. The fish and chips showcases a 10-ounce battered fillet of haddock and fries, which the chefs weave into an edible kilt ($13.99 regularly, $11.99 on Fridays). Dishes groan beneath 10 ounces of AAA new york sirloin ($24.99) as well as the Scottish-Canadian fusion of salmon soaked in whisky and maple syrup ($16.99). The pesto pizza comes adorned in veggies—including black olives and tomatoes—snoozing beneath a blanket of mozzarella and shaved parmesan ($13.99). The pub's decor evokes the highlands with details such as dark wood furnishings, framed swatches of tartan-print fabrics, and William Wallace impersonators that regularly break through the pub's red and green walls.
Before opening Taco Del Mar's startup location in Seattle in 1992, its founders spent years surfing California's coastline and devouring fish tacos and stuffed burritos. During this time, they developed a bottomless appetite for the local specialty?a taco with fried fish, shredded cabbage, lime juice, salsa, and a mystery white sauce?and decided to make it their signature menu item. Since then, the chain has opened locations in more than 20 U.S. states and three Canadian provinces.
The restaurant's Spokane location gives locals a taste of California-surfer cuisine and mission-style eats inspired by the Latino restaurants of San Francisco's bay area. Fresh guacamole dresses tortilla chips, and proteins such as seasoned pork and fried Alaskan cod fill tacos. Cooks roll meats such as braised chicken or ground beef into burritos or edible origami. The foodsmiths also whip up vegetarian and vegan options.