Sustainable seafood is important. History has shown what can happen to parts of the food chain when things are off-kilter, to put it mildly. In Ottawa, Whalesbone Oyster & Fish Supply provides the city with a source of sustainable seafood…it’s a place where you can go and know where your fish or shrimp or whatever seafood you fancy comes from, and that your fish/shrimp was raised in a good environment. They have 2 locations; one is the seafood “market” (504 Kent Street) while the other is a restaurant that serves seafood-based dishes (430 Bank Street).
The Kent Street location sells seafood but they also have brown bag lunches Mondays through Saturdays from 11am to 2pm. You basically get a seafood sandwich or a bowl of clam chowder in a brown bag to go. During my visit, the choices were a walleye sandwich, fancy ‘po boy’ oyster sandwich, smoked tuna sandwich, or a bowl of clam chowder. The sandwiches and chowder all come in 2 sizes. As plain as these sandwiches may sound, they are truly gourmet. The sauce is pretty similar for the three types of sandwiches and is absolutely amazing. The seafood is cooked very well (tried the oyster and the walleye). The sandwiches/chowder are $6 to $10.
They have a few stools inside where you could sit and eat on a rainy day but for a clear day, there are clean picnic tables just around the corner outside. The food from this place is delicious and if you enjoy seafood, I would recommend dropping by Whalesbone if you’re in Ottawa.