(Note: This thread was split from the Quebec board at: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/847326 Here's the original poster's request:
We will be making 2 back to back business trips to your lovely country. In Ottawa I think we are staying at the Lord Elgin. In Montreal we will be at the Le Centre Sheraton. We will be celebrating my birthday in Montreal and our anniversary in Ottawa. Suggestions for special places to eat in each city would be most welcome. We will eat anything that won't bite us first with the exception of sushi. Hubby does not like to get dressed up. We prefer local eateries to chains, and will have a car, so we can go most anywhere.
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Ottawa recommendations are Beckta for a special meal, and Play in the ByWard Market area for a more casual meal (same owner, both very good food).