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Best New Restaurant 2011

Hot Dining: Back Lane Café Earns Title of Best New Restaurant in Ottawa

The pretty interior of Back Lane Café. Photo credit: Miv Fournier.

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.

Hot Dining: Best New Restaurants 2011: Deseo Bistro

From tapas to chic burgers, Winnipeg’s top new restaurants serve the best bites around. Deseo Bistro tops the list. It’s been chosen one of Canada’s Top 10 New Restaurants by the editors of Where Canada. (more…)

Hot Dining: Best New Restaurants 2011: Elements

At Elements, food is smart, well executed and environmentally conscious just like its home, the new Richardson College for the Environment and Science complex. (more…)