Sandy hill is pretty good when it comes to food selection. Growing up in the GTA suburbs you had to drive somewhere for food if you didn't have any in your house. That's why first year me was very grateful for the 2 am food options at my disposal but over time, the gratuitous amounts of poutine, spin dip and pizza did some damage to my body and my waistline. Opting for something else besides be fried dough became difficult.
Since then, I’ve been on a search for some tasty non-pub food to grab in Sandy Hill. So far I've come up with a modestly short list so here are 4 great sandy hill spots to check out if you are like me and are completely tired of bar food. If you have any other sandy hill gems you want others to know about, let us know!
1. Happy Goat Coffee Company
Happy goat is pretty new in the neighbourhood, just opening in 2017. This a great place to get coffee and tea as well as fresh pastries and sandwiches. A cashier there told me their food is made by the Cordon Bleu School’s students a couple block down on Laurier. I’m inclined to believe her – their stuff a bit expensive for snacks but is quite good and fresh. Happy Goat is actually a local chain of spots so they have two locations with a great vibes and great coffee. There are big comfy mix and match chairs, local art and chill music. It’s not far for uOttawa making it a great in between classes place to go.
2. The Guild Room
The Guild Room has a kind of weird story which fits Ottawa perfectly in my opinion. From the outside, it looks like one of the many churches in Sandy Hill but it wasn’t until I had been there multiple times that I had realized that it was not a church at all, but a repurposed event space with a bar and kitchen! What is now an event space was once and old church. I had been thinking that it was just a super chill church who really wanted college kids to like them. Inside the space is where you find the guild room. This is another obscure gem of Ottawa with a full bar and a great atmosphere. Not to mention the food and beer is quite good. This place is still pretty unheard of, it only has 5 google reviews and not a single blog post (first!). Check it out and tell me what you think!
3. Sandy Hill Lounge and Grill
I’ve seen and past by this place a number of times and to be very honest, paid it no mind at all. From the outside it doesn’t look like much, I will admit but this is seriously one of those “don’t judge a book by its cover” moments. The food here is AMAZING. I had never had any interest in trying this place out. My boyfriend, on the other hand, had been going there for years with his buddies and swore by it. I decided to give it a try and was very impressed. SHLAG serves some of your regular bar food, but they also have other options that are little more on the fine dining side. Be sure to check out all the historic pictures of sandy hill and memorabilia all over the walls; it’s quite the throwback to see Sandy Hill before it was overrun the college students.
4. The Moon Dog
This was another spot in Sandy hill that I was very apprehensive about at first. This place is right on Laurier and I’ve passed it going to several other locations on that street. It was again my ever so convincing boyfriend who got me to give it a try for brunch one afternoon. I will say I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of food. Their breakfast menu is quite large and diverse; I still think they have some of the best poached eggs and hollandaise sauce in the city. Their lunch menu is also quite good and large. The décor and atmosphere does leave quite a bit to be desired, but considering their reasonable prices and good food, it a pretty small sacrifice. Next time you’re looking for a brunch on the more economic side – give the old moon dog a try!
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