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Hot Dining: Gourmet Pub

Burgers, thin crust pizza, and mac and cheese are all on the menu at The Berryman Pub.

Where to go when a discerning diner meets a sports fan and they want to grab a bite? Head to The Berryman Pub. This upscale pub, which just opened in July 2011, has 13 high definition big screen TVs spread throughout the bar and dining room. As co-owner Mark Berry says, “There’s not a bad seat in the house to enjoy a quality meal while watching the latest sports action.” The menu yields both classic items (fish and chips, wings, The Big Berryman Burger), as well as some fun surprises (thin crust pizza, gourmet mac and cheese, a maple butter pork chop). There’s a certain expertise behind the offerings, and we know why: this local eatery is the sister restaurant to The Great Canadian Pub in Paris. Very cool, non? 478 Bank St., 613-421-7675.

Hot Dining: Kooky Gourmet Pizza

Zazaza Pizza with Pizazz offers 32 pizza toppings.

How could you not love a restaurant with a dish named The Scary Roommate? (FYI, it’s a pizza with Kraft Dinner and hot dogs). This is the draw at Zazaza Pizza with Pizazz, the brainchild of the original owner of The Works (a local chain of gourmet burger joints). In the same vein, this bistro brings 32 original pizza toppings to the table. Some lean towards traditional (hot Italian sausage, pesto, caramelized onion), while others are more daring (tandoori chicken, twice baked potato, cream cheese). All perch atop a thin cornmeal or honey-oat crust and a healthy dose of homemade sauce. If you still have room, end on dessert pizza. 143 Putman Ave., 613-747-9292.

Hot Dining: Gourmet on the Go

Fresh baked pies, scones, and cinnamon buns are just some of the goods on offer at The Red Apron.

Just because you’re travelling, doesn’t mean you can’t eat well. The Red Apron makes sure of that. This gourmet food shop carries many ready-to-eat and heat-and-serve items that are cooked from scratch. A visit to the store yields fresh baked pies, scones, and cinnamon buns, as well as an ever-changing lunch menu Monday through Friday (think roast beef sandwiches with artisanal cheese and potato leek soup). In fall, keep an eye out for beef bourguignon and roasted butternut squash and pear soup. 564 Gladstone Ave., 613-695-0417.