5 Hottest Restaurants in Oakville, Burlington and Milton – Feb. 3 - Feb. 9


Here are the 5 hottest restaurants in Halton for the week of Feb. 3 to Feb. 9 based on the amount of organic page views and searches these restaurants received on inhalton.com.

5. Downtown Bistro & Grill


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. Memphis BBQ & Wicked Wings


You know it’s good when a national newspaper comes knockin’ for some smokin’ BBQ at a mom and pop shop.This family-run resto has been serving up southern BBQ for more than 20 years. In addition to winning accolades by the dozen, they've got a Woodbridge location bearing the same name. A few sauces are made in-house, such as the Alabama Slamma, and their smoked wings come doused in their Signature BBQ sauce. Overall, the Hot Creamy Parm is their most popular sauce. It looks dangerously fattening but ain’t nobody got time to count calories when you’re at the best wing joint in Milton!

3. Oliver's Steakhouse


Easily one of the best restaurants in Ontario.- and even Canada, Oliver's offers a phenomenal fine dining experience and is going strong after four decades. The menu features the best of the best: USDA Prime steaks, fresh seafood, and an extensive wine list. This is some next-level fine dining, minus the white tablecloths ... even the ice cream is made in-house! You'll find amazing service without the pretentious aura. The menu features high-quality ingredients, while the staff's attention to detail and presentation is simply on point. The resto seats 120, complete with a private area that can be separated into two rooms for parties. With dim lighting, the beautifully designed restaurant is accented with gorgeous chandeliers, art, a mix of wood and rich tones, plus the wine cellar (if you didn't know, Oliver’s wine list earned the prestigious New York’s Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for five years running). The experience is downright unforgettable.

2. Bru Restaurant


Head downtown to 'restaurant row' and ask for the Brisket -- it's smoked in-house, featuring honey bourbon BBQ sauce, corn, and pickles. Devour and resist the urge to lick your fingers. Then get the Lemon Pavlova. This gluten-free treat includes meringue, mousse, and pomegranate seeds as garnish. It's light and even though it's not something typically up my alley, we polished it off pretty quick. This trendy gastropub is gaining popularity among craft beer enthusiasts (there are more than 15 varieties) and night owls alike. Desserts, such as pies, are made in-house (well, if we're splitting hairs, they're made next door at Seasons -- same owners) and offer the same upscale post-dinner indulgence you'd expect, except it's served in a casual atmosphere. The kitchen keeps it 100.

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. Get the gnocchi while you’re there, too. Service was outstanding and so was the meal.

The 5 hottest restaurants in Halton for the week of Feb. 3 to Feb. 9 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 - Feb. 3 - Feb. 9

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