5 Hottest Restaurants in Oakville, Burlington and Milton – Sept 15 - Sept 21

Here are the 5 hottest restaurants in Halton for the week of Sept. 15 - Sept. 21 based on the amount of organic page views and searches these restaurants received on inhalton.com.


5. Borgo Antico

Oakville

The menu is curated and the offerings are fabulous. This cute little downtown Oakville spot opened its doors in October 2016 and is an under-the-radar dining experience when it comes to great Sicilian fare. If you’ve never been, start with the fried artichokes (incredible!) and order the steak (equally fabulous but keep in mind it’s not offered daily since the meat selection is changed up). We also dig the fabulously fabulous burrata-tomato salad! The resto is casual yet authentic, kid-friendly and - more importantly - offers a solid wine list, plus cocktails and beer. Service is very friendly. You must go.


4. 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!


3. Mye 1

Oakville - south

As mentioned above, the Mye restaurant brand is the best in Oakville and the original Mye is located in the heart of beautiful downtown Oakville in the Lakeshore and Trafalgar area. It is located in what looks like an old house and they have 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. 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.


1. Industria Pizzeria & Bar

Burlington

The city now has a slice of la belle province with a chic new restaurant and bar that's large, airy and fun. Ottawa already has one at Lansdowne Park. But this is the first location outside of the Hwy. 417 corridor - formidably penetrating the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) market - and that's something worth bragging about, no? Industria Pizzeria & Bar, also known as Industria Brasserie Italienne, is in the former Fraticelli's location. The menu starts with small bites, or sfizi, such as the Salmon Tartare Bomb and Grilled Lamb Chops. Salmon arrives with green onion, rice krispies, sesame seeds, and coriander aioli. Then there's the most popular dish: Gnocchi Poutine, which arrives with a sweet veal demi-glace. The portion is more fine dining than casual eatery and doesn't exactly look appetizing but once you taste it, good luck resisting. It's equal parts sweet, savoury, warm, cheesy ... Those in search of libations can find themselves at the bottom of a vino list offering up everything from chianti to an Australian shiraz. The interior is what you'd expect from Montreal: super-stylish and, well, industrial. Overall, the atmosphere is casual, with chic lighting fixtures and friendly service. There's also a gelato bar with flavours you're accustomed to (chocolate, lemon, pistachio). We even spotted a vegan option! Desserts are made in-house and gelato flavours change daily. We can't wait to return for a drink.

What to order: Gnocchi Poutine ($13).

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5 Hottest Restaurants in Oakville, Burlington and Milton - Sept 15 - Sept 21

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