Fast food has traditionally been fast and inexpensive. But today, fast food comes in all different sizes and price points. Here are some of the most expensive spots in Ottawa.
Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen
Popeye’s came to the forefront of fast food chains last year with the introduction of their chicken sandwich in the US, which many touted as one of the best fried chicken sandwiches available. However, after releasing it in Canada, fans who braved lineups were disappointed at the overpriced and underwhelmingly spicy sandwich. Their other food items are also somewhat pricey, with tenders costing about $7 for 3, and nuggets costing almost $4 for 3 small nuggets. In order to feel full, expect to pay around $12 for a combo.
Booster Juice brands itself as a health-conscious smoothie bar. Although their smoothies are nothing original, they charge anywhere from $5 for a very small snack size smoothie, to about $7.50 for the large smoothie. The smoothies are easily replicable at home, with a lot of recipes touting similar taste and consistency.
Five Guys is a popular burger chain in the US, and although they do have quality burgers here in Canada, their prices are expensive. A regular cheeseburger combo can run you just over $15, which is far more expensive than most competitors. Their generosity with fries doesn’t make up for the price hike.
Burgers and Fries Forever
Burgers and Fries Forever (BFF) have gained a lot of popularity over the recent years, due in part to their active and quirky social media presence. Their successful marketing may be the reason for the high prices, with their BFF fries costing $6 to $10, for the fries alone. Most of their burgers are in the $7 to $10 range, with their Swiss Mozza burger costing $12.50, all before sides and drinks. BFF burgers are 100% grass-fed, halal beef, and taste pretty great; just one of the reasons the chain charges top dollar.
A&W markets themselves as a healthier burger chain, with no probiotics in their chicken and grass-fed beef. Sadly, what most people don’t realize is that most beef in Canada is grass-fed, which doesn’t explain their hefty markup in prices compared to cheaper competitors. However, they do have some limited time deals for burgers as low as $2.50, with most combos coming in around the $8 to $12 range.
Mucho Burrito, unlike many other brands on this list, is not a heavily-marketed chain, especially compared to Chipotle. Expect to pay around $12 to $15 for a burrito or burrito bowl, which is significantly more than the $9.50 average for Burrito Gringo.
Osmow’s was first started in Mississauga, and has made its way across the province. The popularity of the modern Mediterranean cuisine, which combines western-style food like french fries with Mediterranean dishes like lamb shawarma, doesn’t seem to be hampered by its prices or saturated market. There are many shawarma shops, especially in Ottawa, that offer large shawarma platters for about $17, which should last for about 2 meals, and includes all the potatoes, meat and vegetables as well as bread. Osmow’s on the other hand, offers platters with significantly less food that start at $16.15 for a large, which includes the meat, fries and rice, with additional toppings costing another $1 to $1.50 each.