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Ottawa with kids

edub | Jul 4, 201512:45 PM

I thought I'd do a quick write-up of our recent two day trip in Ottawa. We honestly didn't focus on food because of the kids, but I thought this (and the companion piece I'll put up on the Montreal board) could be helpful to others.

We were in Ottawa in late June for the women's world cup. To supplement breakfast we picked up blueberries to munch on as we walked to an attraction, which can be helpful when trying to get some healthy things into your kids on a vacation. We did one lunch at ByWard market, a combination of pizza and sushi choices from the covered part of the market. Everything was fine if unremarkable. For more adventurous kids there are Indian and other choices in the market.

The first evening we went to Zak's in the ByWard environs. A good choice with kids, they had a unique light grilled cheese that I enjoyed and excellent onion rings. The area is full of restaurants with outdoor seating that seemed lively and congenial, but with kids, a diner with free crayons and drawable paper place mat was the ticket.

Clearly we made several stops for beavertails. There is not a kid alive who wouldn't enjoy these butter-and-sugar dripping concoctions. Try to steer your kid towards the classic rather than those dripping in chocolate. Not only are the latter option over the top, but they have to be folded or eaten with a fork, and you can't get a cute picture of them holding up the beaver tail before chowing down.

Another place that looked like tons of fun was near the stadium, where we watched the game. We got a very serviceable meal at Whole Foods, but we loved the open pedestrian zones surrounding the stadium, particularly one bar with a bocce pitch where the kids played until they got kicked out. A sweet little farmer's market right there as well.

I wish we had more true foodie experiences to report, but we'll save that for another, older, trip!

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