As a student, your life is already tough enough. You've got exams, papers, assignments, and constant stress to deal with. Sometimes, you overeat but other times, you don't eat at all. Although Carleton U is pretty central and there's definitely a lot to do in this area of town, finding the perfect dietary balance without breaking bank can be hard AF.
Fortunately, Ottawa has a bunch of amazing food spots to dine at. If you're a Raven and you never know what to eat, here's a list of 11 spots within walking distance from Carleton that won't hurt your wallet too much:
Where: 340 Elgin St.
Why you should go: Pure Kitchen is truly, honestly amazing. It's one of my ALL time favorite spots to dine at in Ottawa and it's entirely vegetarian. Whether you're a meat eater or not, this is definitely a place you can enjoy and won't regret afterwards, either. If I could recommend one thing on the menu, it'd most definitely be anything with a side of fries!
5.4 km from Carleton
Where: 886 Dynnes Rd.
Why you should go: Just looking for an image of Asia Garden made me want to pick up my phone and order some food. This tiny little underrated gem has the absolute best food in Ottawa; it's always fresh, hot, and crazy cheap. The portions they serve are huge so you'll definitely have some leftovers but you will 100% not regret it.
2.4 km from Carleton
Where: 435 Sunnyside Ave.
Why you should go: This is a privately owned restaurant and if "humble" could be defined by a place, it'd be here! This is an authentic Vietnamese restaurant where they serve Banh Mi (yum) and a bunch of other Vietnamese dishes. They also have some amazing pastries, such as macarons so you'll definitely get your moneys worth here!
1.4 km from Carleton
Kettleman's Bagel Company
Where: 912 Bank St.
Why you should go: Kettleman's is definitely a gift sent from Heaven. Their bagels are one of a kind and the food is the bomb.com. They're open 24/7, 365 so you can go in between any class at any time, so convenient! They can make some crazy sandwiches using their bagels so just make sure to go on an empty stomach.
2.6 km from Carleton
Where: 4th floor University Centre, 1125 Colonel By Drive
Type: Sit down restaurant
Why you should go: Well look at that! You won't even need to leave campus for this one. Located on the fourth floor of the UC, this little diner has some great food and is easily accessible. If you have a smaller break in between classes, you can definitely head here and grab something quick but worth it to eat.
Where: 859 Bank St.
Why you should go: Who said eating good couldn't be delicious? Mad Radish has some amazingly tasty dishes that are so, so good for you and healthy! If one things for sure, it's that you won't feel bad for eating here and you won't have to deal with freshman 15, #winning!
2.9 km from Carleton
Where: 1103 Bank St.
Type: Italian Pastries/Gelato
Why you should go: Stella Luna is definitely a spot to knock off your bucket list whether you go to Carleton or not; the gelato here is effing amazing! If you're not too hungry but craving something sweet, you should definitely head over to the Glebe to grab a bite from here.
2.0 km from Carleton
EVOO Greek Kitchen
Where: 438 1/2 Preston St.
Why you should go: If you're looking to try something different, EVOO is a great place to start. Not only is it amazingly tasty but you can also make sure what you're ordering isn't bad for you! Healthy options? Yasss.
3.8 km from Carleton
Where: 100 Marché Way
Type: Breakfast Diner
Why you should go: All day breakfast is such a blessing! Sunset Grill which is open until 4 usually, is located in Lansdowne and it is oh-so-good. Not only do they have amazing breakfast but they also have great lunches so if you forgot your lunch at home, you can bike or walk over and enjoy yourself!
2.9 km from Carleton
Where: 225 Marché Way #109
Why you should go: Ugh, who isn't obsessed with Cacao 70? If you're a chocolate lover and a sweet tooth, you will definitely enjoying grubbing here. Since it is a dessert spot, eating here won't take too long meaning you won't be late for class!
2.8 km from Carleton
Where: 346 Elgin St.
Why you should go: If you don't have that much time to spare but you're still craving something tasty, Pirho is for you! It's Greek food that's made right in front of you and is totally customizable.
5.4 km from Carleton