We're always looking for casual outdoor dining spots in Ottawa during the summer and early fall months. We have such a beautiful Byward Market and we try to take advantage of its beauty and charm as much as possible. Memories Restaurant and Bakery, located on the corner of Clarence and Sussex in the Market, is a really great place to get hearty and home cooked-style meals at a reasonable price. They also serve delicious home-made desserts and a variety of specialty coffee and tea beverages.
I have lunched at Memories a few times now and have experienced fabulous and unique meals with their daily soups and quiches, as well as sandwiches and salads. The only possible negative comment I could make, and others may also agree, is that the service is sometimes slow, but don't mistake that with being unfriendly. I wouldn't recommend Memories for a rushed meal as you may become frustrated with their relaxed demeanor, but I have never been disappointed with their friendly and helpful attitudes.
The last time we decided to stop in for lunch happened to be on an unexpected warm day in late September and we were lucky enough to sit on the patio; probably for the last time of the season. The broccoli and cheese quiche of the day was very appealing to me and it came with a delicious side salad with raspberry balsamic dressing. The vegetarian chili was equally delicious and came accompanied with fresh warm bread and a side salad.
|Quiche of the Day - Broccoli and Cheese|
Memories is most appealing when the outdoor patio is in full swing, but the indoor cafe also has a cute charm and fares well during the winter months with a hot beverage and hearty soup.
Verdict: Great outdoor patio, simple yet unique meals, sometimes slow but friendly service. 8/10. Recommended.
Cost: Entrées vary between $10-$15.
Memories Restaurant, 7 Clarence Street in the Byward Market, Ottawa. 613-241-1882.