5 Hottest Restaurants in Oakville, Burlington and Milton – Aug 4 - Aug 10

Here are the 5 hottest restaurants in Halton for the week of Aug. 4 - Aug. 10 based on the amount of organic page views and searches these restaurants received on inhalton.com.


5. Downtown Bistro & Grill

Burlington

It's a great little hidden gem with fabulous service and a flashy orange door, which is what drew us in. The bistro is known for its salads and crepes - Seafood or Chicken - and so it began ... The Greens and Berries Salad is so fresh and light and lovely. It features mixed greens, fresh seasonal berries (I had strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries) with a yummy vinegar-heavy mission fig dressing and roasted pecans. The dish is technically served with blue cheese but staff were happy to sub goat cheese instead. (Mental note to eat here when I've got a business meeting booked right before the gym). The Chicken Crepe is also served with goat cheese, plus sauteed spinach and a house-smoked chicken breast in a tangy rose sauce. I'm a fan of crispier crepes but the sauce had me going back for more even though I was stuffed. The fries are amazing! And for dessert - they're all made in-house, too - get the carrot cake ... it has pineapple.


4. Kerr Street Cafe

Oakville

There's a new menu for summer 2018. Kerr Street Cafe and sister company Brothers’ Coffee Roasters (their Notorious espresso blend is fire!) are known for being on point. They plate their meals beautifully and even offer bike racks out front. Their famous all-day breakfast includes French Toast, Chia Pudding, and Pancakes (with rosemary custard, local fruit, bee pollen, creme fraiche). There's also an enormous slice of Healthy Toast, served on sourdough with hummus, alfalfa sprouts, cucumbers, etc. It's equal parts superb and super-filling. Lunch offers up salads, the Burger Queen, a fish burrito, and a smoked chicken and brie sandwich. This Kerr Village staple, featuring a cafe and restaurant, has such a relaxing atmosphere (with plenty of natural light) it’s second only to a day at the spa. Or a day trip to New York City, because it feels like I'm at a posh cafe near Columbia University. The resto is serving dinner and all I have to say is, it’s about time! If you haven’t been, what are you waiting for?


3. Bru Restaurant

Oakville

If you're looking for a bonafide hipster hot spot in Oakville, Bru is your go-to resto. The downtown joint hits every mark when it comes to on-trend dining: a rustic interior, an enviable craft beer selection (the best of its kind in the town, in fact) and a menu full of modern pub fare (some of which is gluten-free and vegan-friendly). Plus, they're proud of the fact there's no Wi-Fi (go ahead and act like it's 1995 ... talk to each other, the sign urges). Nestled along 'restaurant row', Bru supports more than 15 Ontario breweries and offers a variety of on-tap and bottled brews. As far as food goes, the diverse menu is satisfying and unique. If you're in the mood for a sandwich, try The Brisket. It's got in-house smoked brisket, honey bourbon BBQ sauce, pickles, and corn slaw. Yum! Get the fries, too.


2. Pasqualino Fine Food. Fine Wine.

Milton

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!


1. The Express

Burlington

Downtown Burlington's food scene just got a boost, Italian-style. The Express Italian Eatery has opened along Lakeshore Rd. at Brant St. and it's serving up pizza, pasta, steak and seafood. The new restaurant opened last month in the former Salvatore's spot. It’s from Hamilton — there’s a location by McMaster University and another on Grays Rd. closer to Stoney Creek. Burlington is the third location. The Express is named after the train in Italy which weaved through Bolzano, Milano, Florence, Bologna, Rome, Calabria and Sicily. The menu represents a fusion of northern, central and southern Italian cuisine. What’s in store? Made to order wood fire pizzas, fresh in- house pasta and hand tossed gourmet salads. You’ll really want to get the Ravioli al Brasato di Manzo. Why? Pillows are stuffed with braised beef then topped with sauteed red onions and mushrooms. It’s comfort food that’s flavoured impeccably (and reminds me of my university roommate Tania's pot roast … gone Italian). The Gnocchi, made in-house, arrives in a dreamy, creamy Rose sauce. It’s topped with fried sweet potato chips for a layer of texture. If you’re into sharing, you’ll want to order the Venetian pizza ($16). It’s got a thin crust plus asiago, soppressata, fresh rapini and pepperoncino, made in-house. It’s fantastic and perfectly crispy. Service is great, and here’s something special for the ladies: They give out blankets on the patio if you're cold (or inside when the A/C is blasting.


The 5 hottest restaurants in Halton for the week of Aug. 4 to Aug. 10 were based on the amount of organic page views and searches these restaurants received on inhalton.com

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