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Ottawa - ISO nice, but not formal


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Ottawa - ISO nice, but not formal

klmonline | Apr 15, 2009 12:26 PM

We'll be in Ottawa in early May for the Tulip Festival and my sweetie's birthday. We're trying to travel as light as possible, so I'd like to avoid bringing a suit, tie, and different shoes just for a single night's formal dining. Given that, can you suggest good food in restaurants where we won't feel out of place in "business casual" rather than a coat and tie? I have been scouring archives on the board and have a pretty good feel for what generally seem to be the top contenders: Domus, Navarre, Black Cat, Wellington, and so on.

While we enjoy all ethnicities and different types/flavors of foods, for this meal I don't want to go with Indian or Italian (I see that there are many fine restaurants of both types in the city). A more North American or European basis would be preferable in this instance.

I would also prefer someplace more on the quiet side rather than a family-oriented chain where we will face crying babies and antsy kids. We're staying at the Westin, so extra points for things closer to the Canal area. But I'm perfectly willing to taxi cross-town if justified. Please nothing in other cities!

Thanks for your help, and cross your fingers that the tulips actually bloom in conjunction with the festival dates!

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