As we've previously mentioned on the site, Ottawa is evolving and transforming in more ways than one. As a result of this, the city has seen new businesses, restaurants, and events pop up all over town.

With that being said, one of the biggest and most recent additions to the Ottawa community is Queen St. Fare, a dining hall located in the downtown core. The hall has 6 eateries and a bar, as well as live entertainment all in one place.

Recently, I went to check it out in order to get a feel of the place that had created so much buzz, it actually hit capacity on its' opening weekend late last year. The night I went, it was a Wednesday and I got to Queen St. Fare at around 5PM, right after work. Upon arrival, I was pleasantly greeted with a very relaxed and favourable ambiance. The place wasn't too packed but it was still busy enough to feel like a social event and fortunately, there weren't any overwhelming lines at any of the eateries.

That night, their in house performer was local saxophonist, Ben Joseph. Now, I can't say I'm the biggest fan of live music, especially when it's strictly instrumental, but boy, did I enjoy this show. Ben played some popular RnB tracks including Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" and Drake's "Nice For What". It was a great contemporary twist to a sort of classical style of musical performance. In between his two sets, a top 40's hiphop blend could be heard playing overhead throughout the hall. This really created the perfect vibe especially for those who were there to socialize and catch up with friends by the bar.

In terms of the food, there's a great variety including Asian, Mexican, baked goods, pizza, and greens, among others. Personally, I had a chicken ceasar salad from Green Rebel and it was to die for. The ingredients are fresh and they prepare it in front of you. My friends let me know that Capitol Burger Counter, which specializes in hamburgers, is also delicious and it sure looked like it.

All in all, I definitely think that Queen St. Fare serves as an amazing addition to the city. It brings culture and food to the city so basically, all I could ever ask for.

Visit Queen St. Fare for food from Monday to Thursday from 10:30AM to 9PM, Friday's from 10:30AM to 10PM, Saturday's from 10AM to 10PM, and Sunday's from 10AM to 3PM at 170 Queen St. Drinks and entertainment start at 11AM til' late with the exception of Sunday's.

Vendors include: Mercadito, Bar Robo, Fiazza, Green Rebel, SEN Kitchen, Capitol Burger Counter, and Q Bar.