Ottawa takeout in or near Centretown in a time of crisis

Takeout available during the 2020 crisis.

This is not a comprehensive list, it’s just ones I’ve noticed, mostly on Twitter.

Note that restaurant offerings are changing rapidly as the situation in Ottawa and Ontario evolves.

Also see below for specialties including ice cream, bread and chocolate, book & flower deliveries, and what’s closed.

Open For Takeout

Ceylonta Sri Lankan restaurant – call 613-237-7812

Island Grill Caribbean restaurant – call 613-565-3030

Whalesbone on Bank (430 Bank Street, Bank near Gladstone) – Take-out lunch now available, Tuesday-Saturday from 11am-3pm.  Call 613 231 8569 to order.  Also has weekend special dinner takeout sometimes.

If you’re interested in seeing the weekly specials (things like tuna poke bowl kits, lobster Mac + cheese, frozen fish, steak, oysters & more) available at The Whalesbone shop on Kent Street (504a Kent Street, Kent near Arlington), e-mail info@thewhalesbone.com

Whalesbone on Elgin (231 Elgin Street) patio is open Mon-Thurs 4-11pm, Fri-Sun 3-11pm. Call to make a reservation: 613-505-4300.

Fauna at 425 Bank Street (Bank near Gladstone) is open for takeout orders, with dinners available Thursday-Sunday.  Free Curbside Pickup 4pm-10pm Thursday-Sunday.  Also see their Instagram @faunaottawa  The (small) patio is available for reservations for dinner Thursday-Sunday.  Call (613) 563-2862 for reservations.

Fairouz Middle Eastern Cuisine at 343 Somerset Street West is open for takeout Wednesday-Sunday 5pm to 8pm.  Phone 613-422-7700, starting at noon.  They have also opened their patio Wednesday-Sunday 5pm to 8pm, call to reserve.  See their website https://www.fairouz.ca/ for more info.  Also see their Instagram @fairouzottawa

Union 613 is open for pickup and delivery Wednesday through Sunday starting at 5pm.  Call 613-231-1010.  Food and cocktails to go.  Patio is also open, weather permitting.  I can’t do any better than just quoting them:

Take away wed-sun starting @ 5pm and going until we run out of food. all profits are going to the ottawa food bank. Give us a call… . longest waits are usually 30 min. you can also order using uber eats. yes we hate them also but when you cannot beat ‘em…

Bread & Sons – open 9am to 1pm (weekdays only I think) – takeout only, card payment only (not accepting cash) – pizza, sandwiches, delicious baked goods

Subito Sandwich at 389 Gladstone Avenue (Gladstone near Bank) has reopened.  Check their Instagram @subito.sandwich for more info.

Gongfu Bao is open for scheduled pickup and delivery.  For pickup orders call 613-454-5963.  Limited time slots available for pickup.  Delivery is by Uber Eats.  Wednesday to Saturday, 11am to 8pm.  Same-day orders only.  Order at least an hour in advance.
Warning: The website has autoplay video in the background, which may trigger motion-sensitivity disorders.

East India Company at 210 Somerset Street West is doing deliveries through Love Local Delivery.  11am to 8pm daily.  See their menu and call 613-567-4634

Coconut Lagoon South Indian Cuisine has temporarily relocated their pickup and delivery to Thali Ottawa at the corner of Laurier and O’Connor – 136 O’Connor.  Check Thali Ottawa for the new menu.  Call 613-594-4545 or 613-742-4444 to order.  You can pay over the phone.  Pickup and delivery (delivery starts at 4pm).  Hours approximately 11am to 8pm.

North & Navy – 226 Nepean (Nepean between Bank and Kent) – Wednesday to Sunday 4pm to 8pm through Love Local Delivery.  The menu on the Love Local Delivery site is out-of-date, see the current menu under “Take Home Menu” on the North & Navy website.  Call 613-232-6289.  Also has online shop offering meal kits.  Ideally order a day in advance; order by 2pm for same-day pickup.  See their Twitter @northandnavy for updates.

City Goose – 478 Bank Street (Bank & Flora; former Berryman Pub location) – order on their website for pickup, or via Uber Eats for delivery.

Pho Bo Ga LA – 784 Somerset Street West – call 613-230-2931 – takeout, and delivery over $30 – 5 to 10pm

Mazarine – 282 Kent Street – has reopened with a takeout menu including coffee.  Open Wednesday to Sunday from 10am-2pm.  Check their Instagram @mazarineottawa for updates.  June 13, 2020 menu posted.  To order call (613) 514-0153.  Payment over the phone.
Gift card option available, https://www.mazarinebrunch.com/shop

Som Tum Thai – “open Tues ’til Sat 5 pm to 9 pm for pickup (10% off) and free delivery through Skip the Dishes” – easy pickup ordering through their website, enter your information and select a time – pay when you pickup at the restaurant

J:unique Kitchen – “open for take-out and delivery. Get delivery through door dash, uber eats, skip the dishes. Our temporarily operating hours are Tuesday to Sunday 5PM to 8:30PM” – not sure if they are still open

Wolf Down – not sure what days.  Check Instagram @wolf.down  Delivery (Uber Eats, etc) or pick-up (pre-order at www.wolfdown.com or on our app). Pre-pay only.

Pure Kitchen has really sophisticated web ordering.  Delivery or pickup available.  I like that it includes the options to donate a meal and to set a tip amount.
You can also order some groceries from them using the Pure Groceries option.

Town is open for curbside pickup and delivery, Friday, Saturday and Monday, 4pm to 8pm for main menu, orders 613-422-6505 starting Thursday at noon.  Meatless Sunday, orders 613-695-8696 starting Friday at 1pm.  New menus posted Tuesdays maybe.  Dinners for two.  Menus are online at https://towncitizen.ca/#site-town-intro-take-out but I find access is a bit flaky.  Main menu and Sunday menu are separate.  You should check out Instagram @townlovesyou for more info.

Responsible Choice – Love Local Delivery https://responsiblechoice.ca/lovelocaldelivery/
includes contact information and menus.  They now have more restaurants than I can list, they keep adding new ones.  First check what days and times they are open.  Contact each restaurant directly to order and schedule your delivery.  Here are a few of them:

  • Ola Cocina Taqueria
  • Das Lokal
  • Bibi’s Middle Eastern Kitchen
  • East India Co.
  • North & Navy – see their website and above for updated info; the menu on Love Local is out-of-date
  • Gray Jay
  • Grunt
  • Orto
  • Pi Rho
  • Bistro Ristoro
  • Pascale’s Ice Cream
  • Absinthe
  • Eldon’s
  • Buchipop Burrow Shop
  • La Fiesta Latina

Burgers n’ Fries Forever Byward Market location is open Thursdays-Sundays 2PM – 8PM for pickup using Ritual and delivery using Uber Eats.

Tokyo Sushi – 248 Kent Street – call (613) 233-3777 or order pickup and delivery online through Skip the Dishes.

Riviera is doing dinners for two and burgers.  Also has steak and alcohol available for purchase.  Orders by Wednesday at 4pm.  Pickup and delivery Thursday & Friday 12pm to 4pm.  Meal options seem to be for pick-up only.

Hintonburg Public House (1020 Wellington Street West) – Same-day HPH To Go online ordering, including Sunday brunch 11am-3pm.  Can also pre-order by email at thehph@live.ca  Pickup and delivery.

Supply and Demand (1335 Wellington Street West) – a set take-out menu for two on Fridays and Saturdays with pre-scheduled pick up times booked over the phone only at 613 680 2949.  They start taking orders at 10am on Wednesdays.  Very high, err, demand, sells out within a couple hours.  Check their Instagram @supply_ottawa for info.

Other lists

There are many many other lists online.  And I certainly don’t want to try to maintain a list of lists.  I will point just to the Bank Street list; if you scroll down (past the gift cards section) there are links to businesses offering takeout or delivery.  https://www.bankstreet.ca/businesses

Specialties

Moo Shu Ice Cream – order through online store for pick-ups at the following times: Tuesday 12pm – 5pm, Wednesday 2pm – 7pm, Saturday 10am – 3pm.  Ice cream, flour (sells out quickly), Beking eggs (sells out quickly), Dairy Distillery hand sanitizer, a few grocery basics like chickpeas, etc.  Easiest way to see everything is the All Products view.

Purebread bakery (hosted by Moo Shu) – order through online store by Thursday 3pm for pickup on Saturday 10am-3pm

Thimblecakes is open Tuesday – Saturday from 11am – 6pm, Sunday 11am – 5pm for pick-up orders and deliveries are available Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4pm.  Order online https://thimblecakes.ca/gallery/ and also see their Instagram @thimblecakes for info.  Ice cream tubs may also be available for pickup only, call 613-695-0109.

Three Tarts has reopened for scheduled pickup only, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  Order must be confirmed two days in advance.  See the website for more info.  https://threetarts.ca/

Meow That’s Hot Small batch hot sauces are available to order online.  As they have a kitchen + bar at 519 Bank Street they have also experimented with a Saturday takeout menu with with payment by etransfer and pickup only.  Not sure if it will be available every week.  Follow their Twitter @MeowThatsHot for more info

Cylie Chocolat – Contact them by email info@cyliechocolat.com – payment by email transfer (e-transfer) only.

Saslove’s Meat Market (Byward Market) has partnered with neighbours Byward Fruit Market, House of Cheese and and Lapointe Fish and they can deliver your meat, produce, and cheese orders together. 8am to 4pm Monday to Saturday, closed Sundays.

True Loaf bakery – Tuesday to Saturday from 7am to 1pm. Closed Sunday and Monday.

Red Apron – “You can pre-order any of our prepared meals to be delivered to your door each Monday through Friday.  Find the selection of available items on our Twitter feed @FreshontheShelf or website. Add in any multiple of our fresh baked goods, frozen cakes, lunch, preserves and shelf items.
Place your orders one day in advance if possible. The drivers start loading up the deliveries in our electric vehicles around 10am. 🚙⚡️ Call us with your specifics and we’ll help you place your order.  613.695.0417 ”

Seed to Sausage – Ottawa local delivery https://www.seedtosausage.ca/local-ottawa-delivery – curbside pickup at Gladstone location also available (call ahead for pickup) – meat and Bekings farm fresh eggs

Corner Peach now has an online shop https://cornerpeach.com/shop – check on Mondays for updates.  Sourdough bread, sourdough bread kits (flour, starter and salt), and frozen chocolate chip cookies available, along with wine and beer (which must be bought with food). Also check their Instagram @cornerpeach for updates.

Burrow Shop has Maverick’s doughnuts, Nat’s bread, and a whole variety of other food items, along with soap and cleaning products from The Unscented Company and many other vendors.  Also face masks.

We deliver anywhere in Ottawa for between $8 – $15 depending on distance. Deliveries will be left on your doorstep and the driver will ring your door bell or buzzer number. Certain items, like ice cream, are not eligible for delivery. We currently deliver on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Café Delice has two locations, the original on Kent (197 Kent St., near Laurier) and the new one on Bank (100 Bank St., near Queen).  They have a takeout menu (PDF).  Both locations Monday to Friday 8am to 1pm.  They also have an online store for chocolates and coffee cafedelice.ca/collections/

Bridgehead has coffee, tea, granola and other things available, including Dairy Distillery hand sanitizer.  For delivery only.  Pulldown the Shop menu in the upper left corner of the desktop website or shop their collections of products.

Happy Goat Coffee Company has, well, coffee, plus honey and maple syrup, for pickup or delivery.  Pulldown the Shop menu in the centre-right of the desktop website or shop their collections of products.

Planet Coffee in the Byward Market has a wide assortment of groceries and some household items available for pickup or delivery from their planet groceries shop.  (Yes, it’s not the world’s greatest URL for an online store, but it is a real site.)

Pressed – 750 Gladstone Ave. – Offering Goods in the Hood, “a walk, bike or drive thru no-touch grocery store” – Pickup only, Monday & Friday 2-6pm.  Order through a Google Form, payment by e-transfer.
Also has Sunday brunch for pickup only.  Orders due by 6pm Saturday.  Pick ups available between 9-2pm Sundays.  Payment by e-transfer.

Lunch Ottawa has reopened with two offerings of “LunchBox”, which is a a combination of pre-made meals and grocery items. Small LunchBox is $75.  Curbside pickup available at Lunch Kitchen (250 City Centre Ave.) or delivery within the greenbelt for $10.

Spark Beer in Chinatown – 702 Somerset Street West – Wednesday through Saturday 12pm to 8pm – Order online – Pickup, or free local delivery (within 10km) Wednesdays and Saturdays on orders of $40 or more.  NOTE: Closed June 1-8, 2020.

Bread By Us in Hintonburg (1065 Wellington St. West) – online store refreshes Mondays at noon, sells out quickly – Contactless pick-up on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays from 3pm-6pm.  No delivery.

Jacobsons (103 Beechwood Avenue which makes it New Edinburg-ish) has a wide variety of food available for online order, along with some kitchenware.

Ottawa Valley Meats – “All of our farms … use no non therapeutic Antibiotics or Hormones, are free range, and 100% grass fed.” – beef, pork, chicken, dairy

Not Food

Perfect Books has curbside pickup or delivery for book orders.  If ordering by phone, call on weekdays only.

Scrim’s Florist – “Open 11am-4pm Tuesday-Saturday for contact-free pick-ups and deliveries. Call us at 613.232.1733 for any inquires.”

Bel Fiore flowers – 276 Elgin Street – call (613) 232-7673 for curbside pickup or delivery.  Main site is on FB belfioreflowers.

terra20 offers environmentally-friendly products including unscented soap and dishwasher powder.  They do postal mail deliveries, they are also now offering same-day delivery in Ottawa for orders over $50 placed before 10am.

Birling, a skateboarding shop, will somewhat surprisingly sell you Le Bar a Savon soap, along with other products.

Tall Tree Cycles is taking appointments, including for online consultations.

Readi Set Go has online ordering. Travel (remember travel?), backpacks, water bottles, containers etc.  Also face masks.

Closed Until Further Notice (No Takeout)

Wilf & Ada’s diner although their Instagram says “re-opening soon”.

Culture online in a time of crisis

What can you listen to and watch?  The following content is free, uninterrupted by ads (with a few exceptions that I will flag) and uninterrupted by news.  There are thousands of hours worth of audio and video listed below.  All of the content below is available in Canada (as far as I know there are no geographic restrictions).

Audio

I’m mostly an audio person.  Plus which audio uses much less bandwidth than video, which is particularly important on weekdays when high demand may interfere with the delivery of essential services.  Note that some BBC audio is only made available for a limited time, often for 30 days from date of airing.  Many of the BBC Radio websites listed below are also available as podcasts, but BBC Radio podcasts have ads outside the UK.

  • Gramophone magazine – Artists in isolation: enjoy performances by musicians from around the world
  • audiobook – The Peregrine (abridged) by JA Baker, read by David Attenborough – in 9 parts – BBC Radio 4 – 8 months left to listen as of March 21, 2020
  • Sunday Morning – BBC Radio 3 – three hours of classical music, hosted by Sarah Walker
  • Essential Classics – BBC Radio 3 – three hours of classical music every weekday
  • The Essay – BBC Radio 3 – 5-part thought-pieces around a theme. No omnibus; only separate episodes. – 1390 episodes available
    • The Essay – Higher Thoughts and the Meaning of Welsh Mountains – Episode 1, Snowdonia – “Jon Gower, writer and keen walker of the Welsh mountains, explores unique features of each of Wales’s five ranges, reflecting on what they mean to the people who live among them.”
  • In Our Time (Archive) – BBC Radio 4 – Melvyn Bragg and guests (usually university professors) discuss a topic.  It’s kind of like attending a university symposium. – One of my favourite shows.  – 896 episodes available
  • Moonrise – by Lillian Cunningham at the Washington Post – there are ads, but it’s a good enough podcast that I could endure them – “the origin story behind the United States’ decision to go to the moon” – in 12 episodes
  • 13 Minutes to the Moon – Season 1: The Apollo 11 story – BBC World Service – in 12 episodes
  • 13 Minutes to the Moon – Season 2: The Apollo 13 story – BBC World Service – has 6 episodes available, but there won’t be a final episode 7 for a while
  • Desert Island Discs – BBC Radio 4 – “Eight music tracks, a book and a luxury: what would you take to a desert island? Guests share the soundtrack of their lives.” – over 2000 episodes available
  • The Life Scientific – BBC Radio 4 – “Professor Jim Al-Khalili talks to leading scientists about their life and work, finding out what inspires and motivates them”
  • Ramblings – BBC Radio 4 – “Clare Balding joins interesting people for a walk through the countryside”
  • Folger Shakespeare Library – seven complete audio performances of Shakespeare plays, available for free streaming until July 1, 2020
  • You can find episodes of the first through sixth series of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy with varying availabilities.
  • audiobook – Landmarks (abridged) by Robert Macfarlane – in 5 parts – BBC Radio 4 Extra – 25 days left to listen as of March 21, 2020
  • You can listen to the first, original Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galxy 1978 radio series, in seven parts: Fit the First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth – 17 days left to listen as of March 21, 2020
    • For the moment the first two episodes of the second series are available, with the rest coming week by week: Fit the Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, Twelfth – 23 days left to listen as of March 21, 2020
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is 42 – BBC Radio 4 Extra – 17 days left to listen as of March 21, 2020

For more audiobooks than I have highlighted above, you can check out:

I used to listen to CBC Radio literally all day long, mostly CBC Radio 2.  But now I listen pretty much exclusively to the BBC.  Mostly because I find the CBC hammers me with ads while BBC (from their website) is ad-free.  Nevertheless…

Audio – Podcasts I listen to

Podcasts I listen to, sorted by largest number of episodes I’ve listened to:

  1. 99% Invisible – by Roman Mars – it’s sort of a podcast about design, but I think of it more as a podcast of interesting things – this is free to listen to, but it does have ads (after the main episode) and is listener supported, you can donate to the PRX network
  2. The Memory Palace – by Nate DiMeo – this is sort of a podcast about history, but I think of it more like little carefully-crafted gems of stories, often with a strong emotional impact – this is free to listen to, but it does have ads (after the main episode I think) and is listener supported, you can donate to the PRX network
  3. Travel with Rick Steves – I don’t think anyone is going to be travelling for a long time, so this may be a way to voyage vicariously – Rick Steves is a good interviewer and ranges widely – it’s not just episodes about destinations, he also talks to travel writers and other authors, he has even done segments about space missions – currently at 597 episodes (I don’t know if all of them are online)
  4. Spacepod – by Carrie Nugent – she interviews a space scientist about their research, in some detail
  5. Talking Headways (audio only on libsyn, episodes with descriptions and transcripts on Streetsblog) – by Jeff Wood – “a weekly podcast about sustainable transportation and urban design” – listener supported, you can donate to The Overhead Wire on Patreon
  6. The Urbanist (from Monocle 24) – usually hosted by Andrew Tuck – “the show all about the cities we live in”
  7. BBC History Extra – now has Acast ads inserted at roll-in and part-way through the show regardless of whether you listen on the website or by podcast.  If your podcast app has the ability to skip intros, skip the first 30 seconds, which is now ads.
  8. Emperors of Rome – by Matt Smith – You can find it on Apple podcasts or the direct URL from La Trobe University is https://www.latrobe.edu.au/marketing/assets/podcasts/rssfeeds/caesar.xml
  9. Gresham College Lectures – this is what it says on the tin, lectures by university professors for a general audience, usually a series of lectures on a particular theme – you can find the audio podcast in Apple podcasts or the full videos of the lectures in the video section below
  10. When in Rome – by Matt Smith – this is a subscription podcast, it is starting its fifth series, you can subscribe through the Kickstarter (44 hours left as of this writing) – you can also find it on Apple podcasts or Google podcasts – “place and space in the Roman Empire”
  11. Carbone 14, le magazine de l’archéologie – France Culture

Video

Be mindful about when you’re watching video, as it can use a lot of bandwidth.

  • The Gardener – TVO – Frank Cabot’s extraordinary garden Les Quatre Vents, in La Malbaie, Quebec.
  • L’espace concerts de France Musique
  • New York Metropolitan Opera – “Each day, a different encore presentation from the Met Opera Live in HD series is being made available for free streaming on the Met website, with each performance available for a period of 23 hours, from 7:30 p.m. Eastern until 6:30 p.m. the following day.” – I am not actually an opera fan, but you may be.
  • The UK Royal Institution Christmas Lectures (started by Michael Faraday in 1825).  The lectures present scientific subjects to a general audience.  They have lectures as far back as 1968 (not every year is available).
    The 2019 lectures were by Hannah Fry and called Secrets and Lies.  “An unseen layer of mathematics governs every aspect of our world.”
  • Story Time from Space – astronauts on the International Space Station read stories.
  • Carl Sagan’s Cosmos: A Personal Voyage (1980) on Twitch.  Start at 03:03:51 for Episode 1 “The Shores of the Cosmic Ocean” – this link will take you directly there: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/403579080?t=03h03m51s
    (Yes, it’s an official site supported by Ann Druyan.  She co-wrote the Cosmos series and married in Carl Sagan in 1981.)
  • Salma The Syrian Chef read by the author Danny Ramadan on Twitter (Periscope).
    More information and link to buy the book at https://dannyramadan.com/salma/
  • L’Orchestre symphonique de Montréal – with a new concert available every Monday, Wednesday and Friday
  • London Symphony Orchestra“Each Sunday and Thursday from 22 March 2020 we will be streaming a concert from our archive on our YouTube channel.”
  • Gresham College Lectures – this is what it says on the tin, lectures by university professors for a general audience, usually a series of lectures on a particular theme – you can also download PDFs of their presentations as well as PDF transcripts
  • British Museum – I don’t know how long they will keep the exhibition tours online
    May 20, 2020 – Pompeii Live – NOTE: contains sexual references and swear words that may be unsuitable for some audiences
    May 27, 2020 – Vikings Live
  • UK National Theatre – National Theatre at Home – theatre productions available on YouTube for a week starting Thursdays at 7pm UK time (2pm Eastern)
    May 21 – A Streetcar Named Desire, with Gillian Anderson
    May 28 – This House
    June 4 – Coriolanus
  • Ontario Stratford Festival – theatre productions released on YouTube each Thursday at 7pm Eastern, available for three weeks.  Follow their Twitter @stratfest for more info.
    May 21, 2020 – Timon of Athens
    May 28, 2020 – Love’s Labours Lost
    June 4, 2020 – Hamlet
    June 11, 2020 – King John
    June 18, 2020 – The Adventures of Pericles
    June 25, 2020 – Cleopatra
    July 2, 2020 – Romeo and Juliet
    July 9, 2020 – The Taming of the Shrew
  • France + Canada TV5 Unis – many excellent shows in French, e.g.
    Des racines et des ailes has episodes typically available for a week from Thursdays to Thursdays

I literally never watch CBC TV (I can’t stand ads).  But anyway…

  • CBC Gem (online TV)
  • Curio.ca is a paid service that is temporarily free in the current situation – “Curio.ca is a subscription-based educational streaming platform … thousands of programs, documentaries, audio content and archival material from CBC/Radio-Canada”

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