Winter is coming. No, that's not a pun on Game of Thrones, it's just the very sad fact that Ottawans will soon have to face. While some of us will have the luxury of being able to travel overseas for some amazing all inclusive vacays, the rest of us will have to struggle in the city in -40 degree weather. It's tragic, it's depression, but it's reality. With that being said, however, Ottawa really does have some of the best restaurants in town to remind us of our 2004 trip to Mexico that one time.
If you're looking for a spot to warm you up on the insides these upcoming months, Ottawa definitely has something for you. From Mexican restaurants to Salvadoran restaurants, these are the best Latino spots in Ottawa to get a little taste of the tropics.
Where: 742 Bank St.
Why you should go: Located in the heart of the Glebe, not only does this place serve amazing food, it's also extremely aesthetically pleasing. From the string lights to the graffiti, this restaurant will make you feel as though you're actually in Mexico!
Where: 848 Merivale Rd.
Type: El Salvadoran
Why you should go: Renowned for their a-m-a-z-i-n-g pupusas, if it's your first time trying El Salvadoran food, this place will change your life... for the better! You can't go to La Cabaña without getting some of their fresh and hot pupasas, that's for sure!
Where: 85 Montreal Rd.
Type: El Salvadoran
Why you should go: Super close to downtown, El Tucan offers some of the best authentic El Salvadoran food you'll find! Whether you opt for some pupusas, tamales, or even just some plain fajitas, they'll give you all the options your heart desires.
Where: 361 Elgin St. #8
Why you should go: Definitely a place to add to your bucket list, and that is not an exaggeration! Pancho Villa serves fresh, delicious Mexican food that can be mild or hella spicy; it's entirely up to you!
Where: 105 A Clarence St.via @warby_ottawafoodies
Why you should go: Wait... you're still here?! You haven't ran out to try one of these delicious places, yet? Alright, okay, well Burrito Borracho might be the change to that. Whether it's a drunk night out for you or you're just really craving some Mexican food, this place is a hidden gem and it's bomb AF.
Taqueria La Bonita
Where: 1128 Cadboro Rd.
Why you should go: This place has got to be one of the cutest on this list! Not only do they serve bomb food, have amazing decor, and great service, but they also serve you your drinks in a little skull shaped cup! What more could you ask for, really?!
Where: 380 Elgin St.
Why you should go: Would you prefer to take out or dine in? The choice is yours at El Camino where they serve some of the freshest and tastiest tacos in Ottawa. Located downtown so it's totally accessible meaning you have no excuses to not try out this amazing place!
Corazón de Maís
Where: 55 ByWard Market Square
Why you should go: If you want authenticity, flavour, and great service, Corazon de Mais has got you covered. If you're looking for an A1 taco, this is the place to get it and that is not a lie! I promise!
Where: Kent and Laurier
Why you should go: This food truck is an Ottawa gem but it's so underrated! If you're craving a nice, hot Peruvian empanada or some ceviche, honestly I'm drooling just thinking about this, head over to Kent and Laurier and bless your taste buds!
The Soca Kitchen
Where: 93 Holland Ave.
Type: Spanish and Latino Fusion
Why you should go: Last but not least, this for those of you who are more into fine dining and are willing to try new things! The Soca Kitchen offers Spanish and Latino fusion food if you're craving a taste of Europe with a little bit of the tropics, this place is for you.