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Must-try Sandwiches: Ottawa Magazine food editor Shawna Wagman provides the Eating & Drinking Guide with her choices for five inspired sandwiches that take the middle meal of the day up a notch.
The modern magic of this old-school classic is charred rosemary aïoli and nutty gruyère cheese. Zest Café, 45, rue Laval, Gatineau, 819-771-3456.
Crispy coated fish, caramelized onions, iceberg, and spicy mayo make this the brown-bag lunch to beat. Whalesbone Sustainable Oyster & Fish Supply, 514 Kent St., 613-231-3474.
Fresh lobster plucked from The Merivale Fish Market tank next door is the key to Luigi Panini’s Maritime grilled cheese. 1482 Merivale Rd., 613-762-2280.
Everyone loves a classic: this triple-decker dynamo from Meadows Lunch, one of the city’s few remaining true heritage diners, is truly top-notch. Meadows Lunch, 55 Preston St., 613-567-5214.
Classic Grilled Four-Cheese Tosto
The cheese that escapes and oozes onto the grill makes this killer panini — a rich combo of fior di latte, Bulgarian sheep feta, ricotta, and havarti with olives, roma tomatoes, red onion, and dill — a cheese-lover’s dream. Bread & Sons Bakery, 195 Bank St., 613-230-5302.