5 Hottest Restaurants in Oakville, Burlington and Milton – July 7 - July 13

Here are the 5 hottest restaurants in Halton for the week of July 7 to July 13 based on the amount of organic page views and searches these restaurants received on inhalton.com.


5. Risposta Bistro

Milton

This huge hidden Italian restaurant has been running for four years (technically it’s located in Campbellville but for all intents and purposes it’s Milton). Once you exit Hwy. 401 at Guelph Line you’ll make a quick right on Crawford and then you’ve arrived. They make most of their pasta in-house and the Fettuccine Con Pollo was delicious. It’s the perfect amount of sauce in a nice, hearty size. The Risposta Pizza -it’s white, topped with gorgonzola, prosciutto, green olives, red onion and truffle- was cooked perfectly and the bonus is they also deliver. The salmon was beautifully plated and tasted just as good as it looked. The food is spot on, although the service can use some work. On Wednesday nights they offer a tapas/fixed price menu and it’s changed up throughout the season.


4. Yolanda’s Spuntino Casa

Oakville

This rustic modern Tuscan farmhouse in Bronte Harbour is gorgeous, with a mix of marble tables, pendant lighting ,sconces and a retractable roof on the patio! (The heritage home is from 1843 … one look at the beautiful patio and I know where I’ll be parked all summer!) Created by the Mercanti family of Hamilton, the menu highlights sustainable seafood and classic italian spuntino (snacks or bites). Yolanda’s - home to coastal Italian fare - offers yummy eat. The grilled calamari was a delicious starter, while the gnocchi, made in-house, was incredible, featuring truffle cream. The charcuterie board comes with two cheese selections and salumi, alongside a delectable oil and balsamic reduction. The knotted bread is to die for! I could eat those everyday for the rest of my life. For dessert, the tiramisu was light and fresh, and reminiscent of pudding. Service is stellar. Run, don’t walk, to Yolanda's and buy me a drink on the patio!


3. Stone House

Burlington

They’re known for their oysters and steak but we’re about to put you onto the Shrimp & Lobster Mac and Cheese. Stone House Restaurant opened in Jan. 2010 and features Mediterranean cuisine, including gourmet thin-crust pizzas, risotto, and pasta dishes. But the mac and cheese …. It’s served with fresh tiger shrimp and potato gnocchi in a garlic cream sauce baked with mozzarella, parmesan, and goat cheese … plus a two-ounce lobster tail. It’s accompanied by garlic bread, but you really don’t even want it because the entire dish feels so gluttonous and fancy and carb-loaded, however, you’ll eat it because it’s superb. If you haven’t tried it, head to Stone House for the best mac and cheese dish in Burlington!

Price: $29.95


2. Ricarda's

Oakville

There’s a bicycle by the entrance in downtown Oakville and an interior you’ll love. Plus, there’s jazz with Sunday brunch. A popular Toronto-based Mediterranean bakery, cafe, and restaurant is now at 219 Lakeshore Rd. E. Ricarda's offers up everything from flatbreads (we love the Orbetello version, featuring prosciutto, figs, gorgonzola, walnuts, and brussels sprouts) to the aforementioned weekend feast, plus dinner and cocktails. There are plenty of vegetarian options, including custom salads. The Quinoa and Spinach burger is a hit, featuring balsamic-glazed portobello mushrooms, pepper jam, and smoked cheese (there’s also feta in the burger). It’s served with a green field tabbouleh salad or shoestring fries which are downright addictive. Carnivores will love the Lamb Burger with scamorza cheese, tomato aioli, caramelized onions, romaine, and some absolutely perfect shoestring fries. The restaurant's Toronto location is on Peter St., right in the entertainment district and boasts a substantial food menu. It's best known for its upscale-yet-unpretentious vibe and vast array of eats such as quiche, flatbread, pizza, and wine. The new Oakville menu is curated and early best-sellers include the Carnaroli Risotto with black truffle oil, wild mushrooms, aged balsamic glaze, and hibiscus sea salt flakes (I will legit try just about anything with hibiscus). With its airy, brass-heavy interior and great service, it will no doubt satisfy locals who can never have enough fantastic Mediterranean eats.


1. 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!


The 5 hottest restaurants in Halton for the week of July 7 to July 13 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 - July 7 - July 13

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