Top 5 Hottest Restaurants in Oakville, Burlington, and Milton: September 1 – 7


Here are the 5 hottest restaurants in Halton for the week of September 1 to 7, based on the amount of organic page views and searches these restaurants received on

5.  The Raging Olive


The meat tastes as if it's been marinating overnight and boy, oh boy, does the flavour come through. The thinly sliced chicken is the best part of the meal, hands down. This shawarma - served in a small pita - needs no sauce or extra fixings to make it come alive. I had mine with a garden salad and skipped the rice. Owner/chef Nelson Philipose has created a great casual dining experience. Definitely check out the Raging Olive for a sit-down meal, complete with cozy English pub booths and wonderful service. 

4. Cucci


There's glamorous, and then there's Cucci. It's a high-end modern Italian restaurant that will be sure to impress the hardest-to-score dates. This Bronte gem is absolute perfection. Voted one of the best restaurants in Canada (no pressure!), you won't be disappointed with the offerings from Chef Erik Mauke. The food is on point, and so is the libation I chose. The location on Jones St. makes it perfect for dinner, followed by a stroll along the harbour and a kiss (or seven) by the water. Perhaps the live piano will set the mood ... staff are very attentive and willing to go the extra mile. The restaurant offers private dining for special occasions. You've got to get dressed and head to Bronte.

3. 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!

2. Dar Nabati


Come for the Eggless Egg Sandwich and leave with dessert -- a plant-based resto has opened along Lakeshore Rd. E. -- so tell all the vegans, raw food enthusiasts, and Paleo/Crossfitters in your life. If you're looking for a place to grab cheap eats in downtown Oakville, this is your next stop. Dar Nabati opened April 27, 2018, and is offering up a variety of light options. One of the very best items on the menu: Baked Egyptian Falafel. They're made with fava beans and served hot, without a hint of dryness, and drizzled with tahini. (And I certainly don't miss the upset stomach which accompanies traditionally fried falafel). The Eggless Egg Sandwich is delicious, garnished with scallions and dill. You should try it. 

1. Ned Devine's Irish Pub 


When the meaty juice drips from your hands to the plate, there's something special in store. A pretzel bun encompasses this juicy meat patty, which leaves me in awe of their recent menu changes (they've switched their fries and swapped the bun). Ned's Classic Burger comes dressed with lettuce, tomato, dill pickle, and red onion. This burger was the bomb! I had no expectations when ordering it, but wow ... mind blown. The meat was perfectly seasoned and it was so tender inside ... it nearly crumbled in my mouth. The pretzel bun was soft and it was an absolutely perfect combination of flavour. I nearly scarfed down this entire burger in a few minutes and the server was all smiles when I asked for a box to take home the last two bites. It's. That. Damn. Good. Even with plenty of dining options nearby, with a burger like this, Ned's is sure to be full all summer.

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