5 Hottest Restaurants in Oakville, Burlington and Milton – July 22 to 28

Here are the 5 hottest restaurants in Halton for the week of July 22 to 28, based on the amount of organic page views and searches these restaurants received on inhalton.com.

5. Julia's Ristorante


Boasting beautiful decor with plenty of natural light, Julia's is home to a great bar, gorgeous red chandeliers and excellent service. It's a glamorous place to eat. Then there's the gnocchi ... made in-house by a nonna named Caterina, who has worked alongside Julia for 34 years. Ingredients are high-quality, including locally produced meat, dairy & produce. Julia's offers paella, Spain's national dish, which includes chorizo sausage, tiger shrimp, mussels, sweet peas, oven roasted roma potatoes and sofrito rice. Check out Julia’s fusion of Latino and Italian cuisine!

4. The Coop Wicked Chicken


There's good chicken and there's chicken that's tasty as cluck (that wasn't a typo). Brant St. is home to this fun, laidback resto ... you may recognize the name from Hamilton's original King St. W. location. Doors opened in March 2017 and locals are flocking to the place. Featuring lunch, dinner, and boozy weekend brunch, Coop Wicked Chicken offers fresh in-house food made with high-quality ingredients. Offerings include Deep-Fried Deviled Eggs (fantastic!), Sriracha Honey Cauliflower (for the vegans in your life), Hardcore Pulled Chicken Poutine, and Chicken & Waffles topped with an egg — this was absolutely phenomenal. The atmosphere is unpretentious and fun. Service is great.

3. Goldstar Cafe


I could chill here all day, errryday. The laid-back vibe at this Lakeshore Rd. E. spot is punctuated by white tables with comfy grey chairs and booths, pendant chandeliers and plenty of seating, plus a cool semi-private upstairs level where you can settle in with mugs which have glam handles (pictured at the very top and below) and pretend you’re in a chic place which just so happens to be quiet and cozy. It’s a refreshing local alternative to the conventional coffee chains, and their food choices are surprising (and under $10). For example, there’s a soup and salad combo, chickpea salad in a jar and the chicken panini sandwich comes with pears, arugula, brie, and sriracha honey sauce. Staff keep it 100 … they’ll even heat your food and bring it to you … when you’re done, chase all that sugar and spice with the free detox water.

2. Pasquale's Trattoria


This restaurant on Lakeshore takes me back into time ... when owners came out of the back to chat with you, shake your hand, and thank you for visiting. The owner, Pasquale, did just that. He's old-school, and I'm charmed. Pasquale says his father ran Ristorante Pinocchio (in Etobicoke at Dundas and Islington) for decades and that's where he began washing dishes at age 12. Speaking of dishes, the food is divine. The antipasto is lovely, with a great selection of salami and prosciutto, while the calamari is nicely seasoned and portioned perfectly. As for pasta, the pappardelle, made in-house, is served with bolognese sauce and makes for a delicious entree. (The gnocchi is downright sinful, although it isn't made in-house). Meanwhile, the veal is perfectly cooked and is accompanied by tomatoes, roasted potatoes, and broccoli. The owner creates all of the desserts himself and takes great pride in his work. He recommends the mascarpone, and it's absolutely amazing. Its airy texture is complemented by strawberries, and I detect a hint of booze — Grand Marnier, it turns out. Pasquale's opened in 2009 and the food and service is wonderful. You must go.

1. Wundeba Restaurant


This is 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 get into their yummy organic chicken wings. The honey garlic is light and doesn't taste artificial or sickly sweet like most counterparts. This is a welcome change for health-conscious folks who've still got love for wings. Wundeba features weekly specials, in addition to steak, sandwiches, fish and chips, 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 and Jane, my acupuncturists, would approve.

The 5 hottest restaurants in Halton for the week of July 22 to 28 were based on the amount of organic page views and searches these restaurants received on inhalton.com.

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