Top 5 Hottest Restaurants in Oakville, Burlington, and Milton: July 14 – 20


Here are the 5 hottest restaurants in Halton for the week of July 14 to July 20, based on the amount of organic page views and searches these restaurants received on  

5. Ritorno


Before you balk at the prices, consider this: you can only eat so much fast-food before you need a home-cooked meal or something remotely resembling Sunday dinner. (I've also advised my nephew, a college student, to spend his money on great food!!). This north-end Italian joint is owned by Julia Hanna, who also ran Ristorante Julia downtown. With a warm interior, the Oak Walk Dr. resto houses an adorable Nonna Wall, honouring women who fed and nurtured their families, the server explains. She recommends the veal and the gnocchi, made in-house by Julia's mother. I started with the Calamari Fritti -- the large portion of salty & crispy squid was coated with cornmeal then dusted with flour, served with a tasty cherry pepper basil aioli. The gnocchi, topped with Alla Vodka sauce and fresh greens, was soft and delicious, while the handbreaded veal parmigiana was thin, crispy, filling, and flavourful, served alongside spaghetti pomodoro. Ritorno means 'to return' and with comfort food like this, how could you not be back for more?

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. Pulled sandwiches are popular ... we went with the Smoky BBQ. Shredded meat is doused in a tangy, tasty sauce and the coleslaw adds a nice crunch. Other 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. If you're a chicken when it comes to heat, consider yourself warned. This platter of Nashville Chicken Nachos is delicious and pretty spicy (and I grew up on hot foods ... trust). There's also a Mexi Beef or Veg option. The resto has added a digital vending machine for soft drinks (just like ones movie theatres use now) so you can get up and refill your own cups.

3. Jopapas Pizza & Wings


This Market St. pizza joint has been in Milton for about two years -- those of you from Mississauga may recognize the name and link it to the Clarkson location, which opened about eight years ago. Jopapas is across from Maplehurst in that awkward little Harvey's plaza. I wanted a large pepperoni but the guy working the counter suggested the XL walk-in special, which got me extra slices. And man were they good! The sauce here always tastes excellent, thanks to premium ingredients. With super-friendly service and really delicious pizza, Jopapas is always a crowd-pleaser.  

2. Caffe Demetre


Anything named after a cow has to be delicious because the bar is set far too high. After much deliberation and consultation with the owner, who humoured my talking in circles about "not really being into crepes," I went with the Moo La La. It's a Belgian waffle topped with a sliced banana, Nutella, chocolate ice cream and crunchy praline croquant. The owner really went out of his way to accommodate -- he noticed I was cold and moved me to a warmer location, close to an outlet to plug in my devices. Attentiveness always scores points! But back to the waffle. It was huge and even though I'd just had lunch, I devoured that heap of hazelnut-chocolaty goodness in no time. The extensive menu at Demetre covers just about every sweet craving humanly possible. Go big or go home!

1. Pho Mi 89


There may be quite a few locations across the GTA, but don't let that fool you, each location has some specialty items that the others don't. While this may be tricky when going from location to location, it does help make each location a little bit unique - and unique is refreshing. The satay got me again here, but it was done very differently than any other satay pho I've had. This was one of the most flavourful phos I've ever come across and if I'm ever in the area, it'll be a no-brainer for me to go back and have another. Pineapples in the dish help to offset the nodes of spice, but the heat here is not overwhelming at all. It's a flavourful heat that blends with the soup perfectly. When you bite into a spring onion, the flavour profile changes yet again. Oakville, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! 

Top 5 Hottest Restaurants in Oakville, Burlington, and Milton: July 14 - 20

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