For some of the best Japanese cuisine in Ottawa, Shinka Sushi Bar fits the bill

Shinka Sushi Bar (previously known as New Generation Sushi) is located on Laurier Avenue West near Elgin. It has been around since 2004. When the COVID-19 pandemic, it pivoted exclusively to take-out and delivery. Their clientele responded in strong numbers so they have stuck to this format. A second location will open later this year at a location to be determined.

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Suffering from Red Lobster withdrawal? A trip to Ottawa will do the trick

Red Lobster still operates in four Canadian provinces – Ontario, Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. There are two locations in Ottawa. The one at 1499 St. Laurent Blvd., just as you enter the city, has always been our “go-to” spot. Twenty years ago, I did a few reviews for my newspapers and connected with General Manager Ian Forrester. When I went there for a curbside pickup back in December, Ian was still on the job. It turns out he has been there for an incredible 36 years.

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Appetite for Ottawa: With Milestones Grill + Bar headed to Quebec, Mike Cohen provides a sneak peek

When Montreal-based Foodtastic purchased the Milestones Grill + Bar restaurant chain ( last summer, with plans to finally debut franchises in Quebec, I got pretty excited.

Foodtastic, a highly successful multi-brand restaurant company, is owned by brothers Lawrence and Peter Mammas.

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