Pulling apart a warm quesadilla and watching the cheese stretch apart is a bucket list experience everyone needs to go through at least once in their life. There just isn't anything like it.
Before I get too emotional, let's just take a step back to appreciate the quesadilla - Mexico's unsung champion of cheesy food. Whether you like your tortilla stuffed with chicken or beef, Ottawa's a place that is plentiful with this wonderful, majestic dish.
Here are 7 quesadillas you absolutely need to devour this summer:
Burrito Shack // Various Locations
Price: $7.79 - $9.49
Filled with a choice of filling of beef, pork or chicken, some melted cheese, salsa and an irresistible side of sour cream to dip it all in.
Burrito Borracho // 105a Clarence St.
Price: $8.50 - $12.00
Served in small and large sizes along with a full trio of salsa, sour cream, and guac, you can eat up a hearty quesadilla at Burrito Borracho with pulled pork, chicken steak or al pastor. If you're more of the vegetarian type, they also just offer plain cheese and veggie options.
Feleena's // 742 Bank St.
Foodies have a choice of beef, chicken, seafood or some extra cheese in their warm tortilla, along with some roasted bell peppers sandwiched nicely inside.
Corazon de Maiz // 55 ByWard Market Square
Price: $7.50 - $8.50
Enjoy a hearty, affordable 12-inch quesadilla at this hidden gem in the heart of the ByWard Market and grab some of the tasty sauces at the counter to add some extra flavour. It only costs an extra dollar to add meat to this cheesy masterpiece.
Burrito Gringo // Various Locations
Price: $9.25 - $11.25
Tear apart the melted cheddar Jack cheese of this filling quesadilla sandwiched with peppers, onions and a choice of ground beef, pork, steak, chicken, cheese or veggies. Also included is a side of sour cream and salsa.
Ahora // 307 Dalhousie St.
Price: $6.95 - $9.25
A cult favourite and one of the cheapest options for a quesadilla in the city. Their most basic quesadilla filled with cheese and guac starts at just $6.95, but they also offer all the traditional quesadillas you'd find at other restaurants for just a slightly higher price. Interestingly, what's unique to Ahora, is their shrimp quesadilla with peppers and onion inside. God bless.
The Manx // 370 Elgin St.
And for quesadilla that's not at a Mexican restaurant, a popular one can be found as a starter at The Manx. Priced at a flat 10 dollars and big enough to share with a few people, The Manx's quesadilla with black beans, cheddar corn and additional filling of chicken (if requested) is a pub treat. The perfect appetizer to share with the squad over a round of beers.