Top 5 Hottest Restaurants in Oakville, Burlington, and Milton: June 23 – 29


Here are the 5 hottest restaurants in Halton for the week of June 23 to June 29, based on the amount of organic page views and searches these restaurants received on 

5. The Rad Brothers Sports Bar and Tap House  


This burger was super-filling. The patty was handmade and it was nearly as thick as my mom makes them (she says I don't eat enough meat and am thereby lacking essential nutrients). Well, nothing's lacking in this thick patty. Served with lettuce, tomato and pickle, it's a simple burger which tastes great. (So was the house salad -- it was fresh and had a delicious vinaigrette). This Ontario St. neighbourhood bar is covered in damask wallpaper, boasts a digital jukebox, and has ultra-comfy tufted booths. Naturally, locals love it. The burger was inhaled plain -- ketchup or mustard weren't necessary. The bun was soft and hit the spot. You must try it.

4. Lakeshore Coffee House


This long-running indie cafe is known for its array organic, free-trade coffee plus its medley of cheap sandwiches ($6.95). If you're indecisive, bad news: you can also get hot sandwiches, a panini or a melt (open face, with more meat and cheese, Sue says!). All are made to order once you select an option or three. We kept it simple with a turkey sandwich, which came with lettuce, tomatoes, red onions, and alfalfa sprouts. It's fresh, healthy, and a great option if you need a break from the deep fryer. You'll find very friendly service, with staff eager to customize and answer questions, plus an array of seasonal drinks and classic bevvies. Given its absolutely amazing location near the corner of Brant St. and Lakeshore Rd., there's limited seating.

3. Stoney's


There's no better fish sandwich in town. Equal parts healthy and delicious, this Blackened Atlantic Salmon Sandwich is served open-face on foccacia with mango salsa, citrus aioli, and avocado salsa. The combination of flavours is superb and I can only hope this item is on the menu the next time I go to Stoney's. It's a keeper! (So is the Nove sandwich, with a thick chicken breast, bacon, and provolone). With a wide selection of daily soups and artisan pizza, Stoney's Bread Company has been delighting Kerr Village diners since 2004 and was even featured on You Gotta Eat Here! This market-fresh food is simply on point.

2. Culaccino


There's no lasagna on the menu and we don't even care. You won't miss it. 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, pasta, bread ... carb-loading) secret. To start, get the Sourdough Bread plate -- with housemade bread, ricotta cheese, and an incredible butter compound. Then, just order the gnocchi and wait ... it's made in-house and you'll quickly realize you're in a legit Italian resto. There's oodles of dairy and flavour and it's so stellar you may nearly explode with happiness. The friendly owner, Jerod, and staff work hard to provide a stellar experience. Oh, and by the way, they've got craft beer on beer on beer on beer! Dozens ... close to 100 varieties. Culaccino opened around summer 2016 and weekends are fully booked. Who says Italian restos have to be dark, stuffy, and old-fashioned?

1. The Olive Press


This spacious family-friendly restaurant on Dundas St. offers up a long list of Italian comfort food and features a truly unique item on its menu: Pasta Fritti, or an Italian version of nachos. Pasta chips, which resemble wontons, are made in-house. They're buried in Italian sausage (I just wish it was spicy), green peppers, alfredo, tomatoes, red onions, black olives, green onions, mozzarella, sour cream, and marinara. One bite in and you won't want to share. I said I'd have a few and wound up with a legit stomach ache. Worth it! If you haven't been, trek to north Oakville and try the best nachos in town!

The 5 hottest restaurants in Halton for the week of June 23 to June 29 were based on the amount of organic page views and searches these restaurants received on

Top 5 Hottest Restaurants in Oakville, Burlington, and Milton: June 23 - 29

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