5 Hottest Restaurants in Oakville, Burlington and Milton – Aug. 26 - Sept. 1
Here are the 5 hottest restaurants in Halton for the week of August 26 to Sept. 1, based on the amount of organic page views and searches these restaurants received on inhalton.com.
The Classic Back Porch Burger is so good I nearly weep while chowing down. Featuring fresh AAA ground chuck that’s hand-pattied, it’s slathered in cheese, bacon, BBQ sauce, and an Ace Bakery kaiser. Emma’s burger almost has me licking my fingers in public. But then I remember I’m at this cottage in south Burlington where Emma’s - formally known as the Estaminet Standard Hotel - opened in 1919 and famous people such as legendary musician Louis Armstrong and former Prime Minister John Diefenbaker (aka Dief the Chief) dined here, so I should exercise restraint.
Serving up fine dining without stuffiness, Noble offers a chef-inspired menu-boasting farm-to-fork cuisine. There were some surprises. For gluten-free folks, the chickpea fries ($7), served with a sriracha mayo, were unconventional, crispy, and perfectly salted. The tuna tartare was tasty, while the salmon, scallops (in Polenta Agnolloti) and roasted chicken were perfectly cooked. The quiche was flavourful, with a kick of goat cheese and a tough crust. The man behind the menu, JohnRoss Woodland (winner of Chopped Canada), ranks among the top chefs in the country. Naturally, there’s also an excellent selection of wines to enjoy alongside your meal.
This elegant Main St. resto is perfect for a date … a pizza date. As soon as I enter I’m greeted, whisked to a table, and promptly served. The sounds of Frank Sinatra fill the elegant, open concept space, where it’s warm and inviting, with tons of natural light. My Neapolitan pizza - with organic natural yeast - was lit up in a wood-fire oven, then served piping hot. It’s incredible, with a very thin crust, and the toppings (namely salomi ) were phenomenal. It’s so simple (tomato sauce, Buffalo Mozzarella, basil, and extra virgin olive oil) yet so scrumptious. Service was absolutely outstanding — never have I seen a restaurant where all staff are smiling and happy. No wonder diners have been flocking here since 2002. If you haven’t been to Pasqualino, check it out - when you’re not in a rush - and savour the best pizza in Milton!
One bite made me forget I was in an outdated shopping mall most frequented by my mom (and other seniors) and students on lunch break. This calamari was sublime. Tavolo, a longtime favourite, has been wowing Oakville diners who typically frequent other fabulous restos owned by Catch Hospitality Group. Try flagging a server on a Sunday night — it’s insanely busy. The pizza is phenomenal, too — fresh, fresh, fresh ingredients and that combination of margherita pizza plus salami … it’s heavenly.
This long-running Burlington favourite on Fairview has been pleasing diners for 17 years (and 10 years in Oakville’s Towne Square). Thai cuisine is my absolute favourite (after Indian, of course) with its liberal use of staple ingredients such as peanuts, basil, coconut, coriander, tamarind, and lime. Popular appetizers include Thai Spring Rolls, Mango Salad, and Golden Squid (calamari). But I’m super hungry so it’s all about the mains: Green Curry, Cashew Nut Chicken, and Pad Thai, which comes with chicken and shrimp. The signature dish features noodles topped with fresh, generous pieces of cauliflower, broccoli, bok choy, and crinkle-cut carrots. For dessert, you’ve got to try the sticky rice with mango — it’s downright sinful. The Fried Tofu and Taro are on my ‘to-eat list’ for next time (and there will most def be a next time!). Service is fantastic.
The 5 hottest restaurants in Halton for the week of August 26 to Sept. 1 were based on the amount of organic page views and searches these restaurants received on inhalton.com.
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