5 Hottest Restaurants in Oakville, Burlington and Milton – Aug. 12 - Aug. 18

Here are the 5 hottest restaurants in Halton for the week of August 12 to August 18, based on the amount of organic page views and searches these restaurants received on inhalton.com.

5. The Firehall Cool Bar Hot Grill


These roasted wings are absolutely amazing without the sauce. And that tells you something about the quality of the food. I basically devoured a pound of yummy, crispy, seasoned deliciousness. There's a great selection of sauces - Baja Chipotle was my fave (and Honey Hot never disappoints)! Served with ranch or blue cheese, this place gets slammed on wing night, with lineups often wrapped around the building. Also, the perogies are everything.

4. Wundeba Restaurant


It's an unpretentious haven near Mount Nemo. You're not going here for the decor or to post pretty pics on your Insta feed ... unless those pics are for your bonafide foodie following. The menu at this low-key farm-to-table resto is created by a holistic nutritionist, Philippe St-Cyr, who's created an extensive selection. Start by reading the medley of beverages, ranging from a beet-apple-lime concoction (which I downed in 1.3 seconds) to ginger kombucha. Then there are shots -- with standard wheatgrass to items such as Indian gooseberry, or Amla. Not sure what that is? Ask the servers, who know the menu inside-out and clearly care about customizing options. (They convinced me to try the Wundeba Caesar salad with avocado garlic dressing — yum!). Wundeba features weekly specials, in addition to steak, sandwiches, and breakfast. Sundays offer yoga on the patio, followed by brunch. They've also got herbal concoctions such as astragalus and cat's claw -- Katherine and Jane, my acupuncturists, would approve. Make sure you try the Cacao Avocado Mousse.

3. Plank


This Bronte Village restobar, south of Lakeshore Rd., absolutely blew me away with their pizza. The bread is freshly baked in-house and that salami ... oh my. It just might be the best sliced meat I've ever tasted. This margherita pizza with spicy salami brought out my inner ninja turtle. Then there’s the Beef House Sliders, with bourbon bacon jam and vintage cheddar … Why does everything here taste so great? Catch Hospitality Group (which owns a slew of the best restos in Oakville, including this one) knocked this one out of the proverbial ballpark. This casual resto-bar has a farm-fresh focus and sources locally when possible. Good luck scoring a table on a Friday night … it’s worth the wait. The beer selection rocks, and so does the chill vibe. (My only gripe with the place is they’ve removed the phenomenal beet hummus from the menu. Please bring it back!)

2. Son of A Peach


The gluttonous pizzaholic in me was outed at the mere sight of this pepperoni pie, finished with fresh basil and parmesan. Everything is made in-house at this cute downtown pizzeria on Pine St. Well, technically the meat and cheese are smoked outside, but you get the idea. One bite in, and you can taste so much flavour from the quality farm-to-table ingredients. The slightly burnt crust - from three-day cold fermented naturally leavened dough - was phenomenal. To wash it down, there’s sparkling wine on tap (they say they’re the first Burlington resto to offer this), plus hand-crafted local beer and wine. As far as atmosphere, it’s dimly lit and makes a great spot for a low-key first date … and regardless of how it goes, you’ll leave smelling divine. There’s no delivery, so you’ll have to come here to have Burlington’s best pizza. Complete with great service, the only word to describe this endearing gourmet pizzeria is fabulous!

1. Pasquale's Trattoria


This restaurant on Lakeshore takes me back into time ... when owners came out of the back to chat with you, shake your hand, and thank you for visiting. The owner, Pasquale, did just that. He's old-school, and I'm charmed. Pasquale says his father ran Ristorante Pinocchio (in Etobicoke at Dundas and Islington) for decades and that's where he began washing dishes at age 12. Speaking of dishes, the food is divine. The antipasto is lovely, with a great selection of salami and prosciutto, while the calamari is nicely seasoned and portioned perfectly. As for pasta, the pappardelle, made in-house, is served with bolognese sauce and makes for a delicious entree. (The gnocchi is downright sinful, although it isn't made in-house). Meanwhile, the veal is perfectly cooked and is accompanied by tomatoes, roasted potatoes, and broccoli. The owner creates all of the desserts himself and takes great pride in his work. He recommends the mascarpone, and it's absolutely amazing. Its airy texture is complemented by strawberries, and I detect a hint of booze — Grand Marnier, it turns out. Pasquale's opened in 2009 and the food and service is wonderful. You must go.

The 5 hottest restaurants in Halton for the week of August 12 to August 18 were based on the amount of organic page views and searches these restaurants received on inhalton.com.

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5 Hottest Restaurants in Oakville, Burlington and Milton - Aug. 12 - Aug. 18

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