Food trucks to make over Ottawa's street food scene
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Move over, hotdogs: you're now competing against South Indian dosas, fish and seafood, Tex-Mex tacos and a host of other street food trucks and carts, as the city announced 18 tasty new choices will arrive this spring.
“Food vendors can be so much more than their current stereotypes,” wrote Councillor Mark Taylor, Chair of the Community and Protective Services Committee in a release, giving hotdogs the cold shoulder. “I’m thrilled to see these diverse and interesting options added to Ottawa’s great existing food culture.”
The trucks and carts are slated to begin popping up on street corners in May and stand to create new food and small business opportunities in the heart of the city.
The city sifted through 613 applications for licences under the New Street Food Vending Program and picked ones they thought offered the best menu, business plan, vendor experience and contribution to the food scene the city hopes to foster.
Here's a list of new options you'll be able to track down in addition to the handful of adventurous pioneers that can already be found scattered through Ottawa.
- Benjamin Baird: Ottawa “Streat” Gourmet – Fresh, local and seasonal ever-changing menu – North side of Queen Street, west of O’Connor Street
- Layne Belcher and Mathew Hinds: Urban Cowboy – Texan street food – East side of Bank Street, north of Glen Avenue
- Peter G. Bowen: Health conscious foodie friendly locally sourced cuisine – East side of Olmstead Street, south of Montreal Road
- Mario Burke: Ad Mare – Fish and seafood – South side of Slater Street, east of O’Connor Street
- Steven Dupras & Glen Galbraith: TURN Rotisserie + Kitchen: Turn yourself on to Ottawa's best food truck! – North side of Argyle Avenue, east of O’Connor Street
- Mathew Gregoire & York Entertainment: Ragin’ Cajun – West side of Bank Street, north of Clemow Avenue
- Jacqueline Jolliffe: Stone Soup Foodworks – Creative blend of local soups, tacos and sandwiches – East side of Spadina Avenue, north of Wellington Street West
- Jake Thomas: Dosa Inc. – South Indian crepes – South side of Somerset Street West, west of Lyon Street
- Jason Tran: Chow Down – Asia snacks and meals – North side of Byron Avenue at Woodroffe Avenue
- Kin Tran: Asian-Fusion with a twist – North side of Gloucester Street, east of Lyon Street
- Tim Van Dyke: LUNCH – Fresh and local ingredients in wholesome soups, salads and sandwiches – North side of Albert Street, east of Lyon Street
- Wasi Choudhry: Olive Green – The South Asian food experience – location to be confirmed
- Rodney Cummings: Royi Fruta Bar – Baked empanadas and fruit drinks – East side of Elgin Street, north of Laurier Avenue
- Gavin Hall: BOBITES: Best Organic Bites – Organic baked potatoes with seasonal toppings – East side of Metcalfe Street, south of Sparks Street
- Tarek Hassan: Gongfu Bao – Chinese steamed Asian buns –East side of Elgin Street, south of Slater Street
- Hana Jung: Roan Kitchen – Authentic Korean cuisine – West side of Bank Street between Albert Street & Slater Street
- Brian Nolan: SPOON – frozen yogurt – East side of O’Connor Street, south of Sparks Street
- Ulises Ortega: Churritos – Churro (traditional Mexican treats) – West side of O’Connor Street, south of Sparks Street