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Los Tacos de Mauro

Hot Dining: Hidden Gems

Sometimes, great food can be hard to find — and we mean that in the most literal sense. These three eateries are off the beaten track but fully worth the effort.

Art-Is-In Boulangerie: The lineup is often out the door at this industrial lunch counter, and for good reason — the sandwiches, flatbreads, soups, and baked goods are among the best in the city. Pick up a loaf of bread on the way out — it’s what made them famous, after all. 250 City Centre Ave., Bay 114, 613-695-1226, www.artisinbakery.com

Los Tacos de Mauro: One might not expect to find authentic Mexican food in a nightclub above a convenience store, but that’s exactly what Los Tacos de Mauro provides. Slightly surreal (disco ball and all), but completely delicious. 349 Dalhousie St. 613-562-9756

Edgar: Located in a residential neighbourhood across the river in Hull, Edgar’s small kitchen churns out exciting lunch fare and frozen meals all week and a to-die-for brunch on the weekend. Don’t miss the sweet/savoury Dutch Baby on the brunch menu — a crispy, fluffy pastry shell filled with pork belly, maple, cheddar, and apple. 60, rue Bégin, Gatineau (Hull sector), 819-205-1110, chezedgar.ca