For more than 50 years, Denny's has been stifling rumbling stomachs with a menu of around-the-clock breakfast plates and classic dinner entrees. Guests may begin the comfort-food extravaganza with appetizing selections such as beef-barley soup or Caesar salad. Main courses including lemon-pepper-grilled tilapia schmooze with country-fried steak, which is known for its rustic charm and country gravy. Diners can challenge appetites with an Ultimate omelette, a three-egg amalgamation sporting sausage, bacon, fire-roasted peppers, and onions, and others can stick to Denny's classic Lumberjack Slam. After the main event, teeth avoid cramps with a series of stretches before plunging into desserts such as caramel apple crisp or a banana split. Denny's boasts free WiFi, a friendly staff, and a warm family-oriented atmosphere where griddled grains and cured bacons meld to energize hungry patrons for a day at work or for an afternoon staring contest.
The din of slurping straws fills the soundscape as enthusiastic customers polish off the last bits of chocolate-milk tea or extract the final tapioca balls from the bottoms of their cups. Others sip intently on fruity frozen slushes and creamy coffee floats, pausing only to laugh at friends' jokes or take nibbles of rice cake. Servers emerge from the kitchen with Asian and Western specialties, including spicy noodle soups and sizzling teriyaki dishes, as well as crunchy sandwiches and juicy hamburger steaks. Come morning, the cooks replace these savoury main-course ingredients with eggs, bacon, and fresh fruit to create hearty breakfast spreads.
Customers perch on cushy black booths in the cozy seating area, where flat-screen televisions glimmer with entertainment such as K-pop music videos. This cheerful space plays host to regular variety shows, when local artists dazzle audiences by singing and reciting poetry.
The Senate Sports Tavern & Eatery blends old-world stateliness with a modern aesthetic when it comes to both the hearty pub food and the decor. Glass display cases set into the exposed brick walls proudly display autographed footballs, jerseys, and other sports memorabilia, and factory-style lights and flat-screen TVs illuminate spacious wooden tables and booths. The atmosphere is lively, especially when the tavern celebrates sporting events of all kinds with screenings, specials, and prizes.
Fans fuel their cheering stores with plates ranging from beef and bison burgers to internationally inspired wraps to entrees including fish 'n' chips, shepherd's pie, and New York strip steak. At the bar, 11 taps dispense beers for pairing or pouring on fans of the opposing team.
When Dominica Schaaf says "chocolate is in my blood," she means it. As a child, she used to stand on a stool for a better look as her mother worked on a new chocolate confection, and today she heeds that calling with a wide-ranging lineup of vegan, diabetic-friendly chocolate truffles. Using all-natural ingredients, including coconut butter, raw agave nectar, maca powder, and naturally harvested love, Schaaf whips up scrumptious confections in delicate flavors such as raspberry rose, lavender, peppermint, and orange spice. These delights, enjoyed by vegans, raw foodies, and chocolate lovers from all walks of life, can be picked up in the store or ordered online and sent to a loved one.
Chinatown's Wei's Noodle House serves up a broad spectrum of Asian noodle dishes that ranges from traditional pad Thai to vegan and gluten-free entrees. Chefs simmer noodle soups with rare beef and toss noodle stir-fries with soya or spicy Malaysian sauce. There's also a savory peanut satay soup that's well-suited for fall weather, according to one Ottawa Citizen writer. Try your meal paired with an imported beer or bubble tea.
Gluten-free, nut-free, and vegan. Those three criteria describe all of the treats at Strawberry Blonde Bakery; and owners Jacqui Okum and Claire Tomchishen will tell you that their sweets taste just as good as those made with traditional ingredients. The baking team specializes in cupcakes in flavors such as German chocolate cake, carrot cake, and Sax on the Beach?their tribute to George Michael with creamy coconut crumb topped in zingy lime frosting. They also bake cookies, pies, scones, and other goods.