5 Hottest Restaurants in Oakville, Burlington and Milton – Jan. 13 - Jan. 19

Here are the 5 hottest restaurants in Halton for the week of Jan. 13 to Jan. 19, based on the amount of organic page views and searches these restaurants received on inhalton.com.

5. Pepperwood Bistro


The patio and the cold beer ... This Lakeshore Rd. resto offers up an in-house brewery and catering. Try getting a seat outside during the summer -- it's the first patio to fill up! Popular items include Caribbean Crab Cakes (complete with panko crust and avocado puree), artisan pizza, and the Chipotle Chicken Crunch. The sandwich features quick fried crispy chicken breast, sweet chipotle aioli, charred corn and roasted red pepper salsa, and crispy onion rings on an artisan Kaiser bun. If you're into craft beer, check out Pepperwood.

4. Rad Brothers


This burger was super-filling. The patty was handmade and it was nearly as thick as my mom makes them (she says I don’t eat enough meat and am thereby lacking essential nutrients). Well, nothing’s lacking in this beautiful piece of beef. Served with lettuce, tomato and pickle, it’s a simple burger which tastes great. (So was the house salad — it was fresh and had a delicious vinaigrette). This Ontario St. neighbourhood bar is covered in damask wallpaper, boasts a digital jukebox, and has ultra-comfy tufted booths. Naturally, locals love it. The burger was inhaled plain — ketchup or mustard weren't necessary. The bun was soft and hit the spot. You must try it.

3. Mye


The Mye restaurant brand is the best in town and the original Mye is located in the heart of beautiful downtown Oakville in the Lakeshore and Trafalgar area. It’s located in what looks like an old house and they’ve modernized it by partitioning the dining room off with glass. We had the exact same seven course-tasting menu as we had in Mye 2 with just one difference at the original Mye. There was a crab claw in my sunomono salad, which Mye 2 didn’t have. The location of this Mye restaurant with the combination of the fresh crab claw makes this location just an inch better than Mye 2!

2. Barque


Go for the brisket … leave having sampled everything because the ravenous carnivore in you will surface and the meat is *that* damn fantastic. Barque Smokehouse first opened in Toronto's west-end Roncesvalles Village in 2011, heading further west to Burlington in summer 2017. Once you’re seated, you’re served popcorn and complimentary sparkling water. Don’t look at the menu. Just order the Smoked Beef Brisket with red cabbage slaw, fried onions, and horseradish mayo. Now, the popcorn. It’s amazing. You might sneeze or cough but you must keep snacking. (Turn the container upside down, RIGHT over your mouth, if no one is watching). The seats are so comfy, the vibe is fun and casual chic, and the meat speaks for itself. For the plant-based lovers in your life, the Chopped Kale Salad is downright lovely, with pickled cabbage, red onion, turnips, and heirloom carrots ribbons. Barque serves locally grown ingredients when possible. The menu also offers Southern Fried Chicken, Baby Back Ribs, Pulled Pork, and Smoked Wings. Service is awesome.

1. Pasquale’s Trattoria


This restaurant on Lakeshore will take you back into time … when owners come out of the back to chat with you, shake your hand, and thank you for visiting. The owner, Pasquale, does just that. The decor is simple but the food is divine. Opening in 2009, diners have been filling the place when they’re in the mood for authentic Italian fine-dining. They’re known for wholesome food (the pasta is wonderful!), delicious wine, and specialties from the heart of the Calogero family. The owner, Pasquale, creates all of the desserts himself and takes great pride in his work. He recommends the mascarpone, and you should definitely have some.

The 5 hottest restaurants in Halton for the week of Jan. 13 to Jan. 19 were based on the amount of organic page views and searches these restaurants received on inhalton.com.

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