5 Hottest Restaurants in Oakville, Burlington and Milton – Dec. 16 - Dec. 22


Here are the 5 hottest restaurants in Halton for the week of Dec. 16 to Dec. 22, based on the amount of organic page views and searches these restaurants received on inhalton.com.

5. Hawthorne Cafe


Their paninis are reason enough to visit but this child-friendly indie cafe also makes a mean PSL. I asked for mine to be made with one-third of the sweetness because sugar is the root of all evil, and so it arrived piping hot and just perfect. The airy space, with books and toys, is relaxing and regulars are known by name. To accomany your beverage, I'd highly recommend the vegan and gluten-free chocolate desserts which are made locally (I had a tiny little double-chocolate raspberry cake which was beyond indulgent!). Baby items and jewelry are sold here.

4. Piazza Bistro


This adorable resto offers up a variety of unconventional gelato flavours such as avocado, charcoal, and blueberry basil sorbet. (Get a large and try all three flavours!). This cute bistro is a hidden gem when it comes to dessert, and pizza alike. Located in downtown Oakville’s Towne Square, the restaurant is inspired by piazza culture. With everything from cappuccino to handmade pizza, to wine, there's something or everyone. They’ve got plenty of seating, plus two patios (one for dining, and the red seats for gelato and other cafe items) Service is friendly.

3. 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, my acupuncturist, would approve. Make sure you try the Cacao Avocado Mousse.

2. Culaccino Bar & Kitchen


This hip Italian bar-slash-gastropub is one of the newest along Brant St., taking over the former Eatalia spot. I found this place while strolling downtown … the stunning aesthetic caught my eye so I went in to find out more, quickly realizing it’s Burlington’s best-kept burger secret. Just order The Burger and wait for it to arrive. Take in the glorious horseshoe-shaped bar and industrial light fixtures and wooden chairs with colourful legs. Try not to drool over the food or decor. Decked out between a bun with black-and-white sesame seeds you’ll find a thick grilled patty made in-house, like everything on the curated menu. It’s wrapped in prosciutto and drowned in melted Gorgonzola and served with frites and house-made ketchup, which tastes so healthy it feels as if I’m eating clean for just a split second. A few bites in, I had to put The Burger down and just nod at it to convey appreciation and respect. The friendly owner, Jerod, and staff work hard to provide a stellar experience. Chase the Spaghetti Carbonara - featuring pasta made in-house, plus double-smoked bacon, garlic, arugula, and parmesan - with suds … they’ve got craft beer on beer on beer on beer — nearly 100 varieties. Cheers!

1. Trattoria Timone


The short ribs at Trattoria Timone should be on every meat eater's bucket list. Seriously ... it was an exquisite culinary experience. (Cheers to head chef Michel Fronteddu!) This long-time east-end favourite in the Oakville Entertainment Centrum has undergone renovations. It rocks a nautical theme, and it's elegant and fun all wrapped in one. We started with the grilled calamari, which was crispy, not greasy, and served atop mixed greens. A great aioli with chives gave it a flavour boost. The gnocchi with veal ragu came in a creamy sauce, and it was phenomenal (the meat was well-done, while crispy asparagus and red peppers added texture to the dish). As for those short ribs … they were oh-so-tender and it was essentially pure carnivore heaven. Ribs were served with sweet potato fries, which I can't stop raving about, alongside a spicy aioli. Service was outstanding and so was the meal. 

The 5 hottest restaurants in Halton for the week of Dec. 16 to Dec. 22, were based on the amount of organic page views and searches these restaurants received on inhalton.com.

5 Hottest Restaurants in Oakville, Burlington and Milton - Dec. 16 - Dec. 22

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