Every year across Canada, WHERE editors choose the Best New Restaurant in their region; in Ottawa, our choice for 2011 was easy: Back Lane Café. Located in the increasingly trendy Hintonburg neighbourhood, this cozy restaurant excels at the details: fresh bread made in house, homemade spritzers (no manufactured soft drinks here), and décor that is part Parisian café, part farmhouse. Open since August, this charming spot is often packed. And it’s no wonder: the unique menu offers wood-fired pizza, creative salads, and mains such as hearth-simmered fisherman’s stew. Save room for dessert though — a glazed doughnut with homemade ice cream is a must. Open for lunch Monday to Friday, dinner Monday to Saturday, and brunch Saturday and Sunday. 1087 Wellington St. W., 613-695-2999.