5 Hottest Restaurants in Oakville, Burlington and Milton – Jan. 6 - Jan. 12

Here are the 5 hottest restaurants in Halton for the week of Jan. 6 to Jan. 12, based on the amount of organic page views and searches these restaurants received on inhalton.com.


5. La Parisienne Creperie

Oakville

House-made chantilly cream accompanies each crepe and boy, are they good. The strawberry reduction was nicely done. It wasn’t too sweet and that cream though … This “little piece of Paris in Bronte Harbour” opened in 1991 and new owners took over in 2014. The menu at this cozy French bistro offers an array of sweet and savoury crepes made fresh in-house, using local ingredients when possible. This tiny restaurant is adorable, making it the perfect place for a leisurely date. With French music playing, grab a window seat and people-watch, or take in the various framed prints on the wall.


4. 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.


3. Portabello's Pizza & Eatery

Milton

This cute little pizzeria on Derry Rd. W. (next to the Hawthorne Cafe ) doesn't look like much at first glance. The decor is simple, with wine on display. But the pizza is everything! A huge slice took several minutes to inhale and didn't stop me from going back for more. The sauce tastes homemade because it is -- everything is created in-house. With a great crust and flavourful cheese and meat in each bite, drizzling chilli oil (also prepared at Portabello's) took it to an unbelievable level! The server was really friendly and helpful -- she even reminded me to grab a cell phone charger on the way out. If that isn’t fabulous customer service, I'm not sure what is.


2. Culaccino Bar & Kitchen

Burlington

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. Bru Restaurant

Oakville

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.


The 5 hottest restaurants in Halton for the week of Jan. 6 to Jan. 12 were based on the amount of organic page views and searches these restaurants received on inhalton.com.

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5 Hottest Restaurants in Oakville, Burlington and Milton - Jan. 6 - Jan. 12

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