Ottawa restaurant offers a variety of menu items
Ordering out on Sunday nights can be a challenge.
Some of my favorite Ottawa restaurants are closed.
That's not necessarily a bad thing, however, because it allows me to try new places. And one of those places happened to be Halftime Restaurant Pizza & Cocktails.
I've had Halftime's pizza before, and it was really good. I found out while browsing their menu, all of their specialty pizzas are served with a pitcher of beer or soda pop, which is a good deal.
This time, I thought I'd give their sandwiches a try.
Halftime puts a little trophy next to a recommended menu item. For someone who likes to try new things and taste the best a restaurant has to offer, I really appreciate it.
I went for the rib-eye sandwich. For $13.59, they make a steak grilled to order – medium well please – topped with grilled onions, mushrooms and cheese. It's served next to a bed of french fries and with a side of soup – the soup of the day was a hearty cream of chicken with wild rice.
The sandwich had that "melt-in-your-mouth" quality. Though it was sizable, all the ingredients blended together and created a full flavor. The steak itself was a good piece of meat and overlapped the bread, so you got your money's worth.
My dinner companion ordered the house sandwich ($10.39). This is a roast beef with onions, green peppers, mushrooms and mozzarella cheese (with some au jus for dippers). My companion gave it a thumbs up, saying it was a very filling sandwich.
To get the dinner started off with a little kick, we ordered the cream cheese poppers ($7.39) – jalapeņo peppers stuffed with cream cheese and yes, deep fried. These were phenomenal. The cream cheese was the perfect complement to the spicy jalapeņo.
If you want to run the gamut and try most of Halftime's appetizers, the combo platter includes cream cheese poppers, fried mushrooms, breaded cauliflower, cheddar breaded broccoli, onion rings, jack sticks and mozzarella sticks for $10.39.
While we opted for a carryout, Halftime has a large patio that accommodates outdoor diners well, especially during the pandemic. The restaurant itself is roomy, and easy to social distance in too. You can sit up at the bar, have a beer and watch games while you wait for your food. They also deliver.
The menu features fried chicken, Italian dishes, quesadillas, horseshoes, steaks, ribs, chops and fish, among other items, catering to a wide variety of customers.
Halftime is a good fit for those nights you don't want to cook. It also strikes me as the perfect "working late" food, because there are plenty of good sandwiches to choose from and the easy carryout and delivery options are a big plus.
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