I haven't been to Ottawa since I went there in kneepants to see Princess [sic] Elizabeth's visit and will be returning for a two or three day visit in June as a sexagenarian tourist in kneepants. I'm primarily interested in low-end ("proletarian") eats whether indigenous or ethnic imports and have some very broad questions about what Ottawa has to offer.
1) What food (other than Beaver Tails) says Ottawa? If you were an Ottawan exiled to New York, for example, for several years, what food would you crave on a visit home and where would you get it?
2) What ethnic ciuisines is Ottawa particularly strong in? Searching the board suggests it might be Middle Eastern, maybe some Slavic? Where to go and what to look for?
I also need a Byward Market 101. What's best there to gawk at, sample, or buy to bring back to California?
Sorry to be so vague, but I really have no idea what Ottawa is about other than Parliament and Mounties.