Top 5 Lunch On the Go Spots in Oakville
Forgive me for being hangry most times, Oakville peeps. I’m all about eating, if you haven’t caught on, and have been to places across town trying new things and old favourites. Sometimes you have the luxury of time, when you can enjoy a leisurely lunch with mimosas. Or you can be like me and eat in the car with one hand, while typing with the other. (Which is a step up from my daily newspaper days when I’d only be able to eat at stop signs and red lights!). I’ve since instilled better habits but enough talking already … let’s eat. Here are our top 5 lunch on-the-go spots in Oakville.
Their bread though … did you know it’s used for a sandwich, too? Vili’s has been been an Oakville mainstay for about 20 years, with new owners taking over in 2016. (A Turkish family is now at the helm and they’ve added shawarma to the menu). Using fresh ingredients, dough is made everyday and vegetables are washed and cut by hand. They use real Canadian mozzarella cheese. Keep in mind, you’ll have to wait about 10 minutes since the bread is made fresh (so text your mom and ask how her day is going in the meantime). It’s essentially a fresh pita sliced in half then stuffed with lettuce, tomatoes, red onions, chicken, and a secret sauce. That’s it — no turnips, tabbouleh, or any of those other fixins’. It’s surprisingly delicious and the bread tastes phenomenal. When I walked in and was informed about the wait time, my voice in my head said ‘ain’t nobody got time for that’ but now I do. Service is friendly, and a steady stream of regulars, many whom work nearby, trickle into the shop in the Food Basics plaza on Kerr St., ordering ‘the usual.’
Best bet: Shawarma
Established in 2015, B's is the spot you've got to hit up for the delicious (and best-selling) Triple B Meatball sandwich. Filled with three generously-sized pork meatballs in a freshly toasted baguette, the cucumbers, jalapenos, and house-pickled carrots and Daikon radish make this sandwich a fresh and tasty flavour party. Vegetarians have more than one option (there's a "light and slightly spicy" tuna sandwich) while vegans can try the lemongrass tofu banh mi, featuring fried tofu with Thai chilli pepper, topped with roasted gim (seaweed) for $6.99. Daily specials ranging from pho to crepes are posted online. B's is only open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., so be sure to make a trip to Wyecroft Rd. (near the Porsche dealer and/or Bronte GO station -- whatever your reference point is) during business hours for a cheap thrill.
Best bet: Triple B Meatball ($7.99)
The menu at this Hays Blvd. sandwich shop lists a wide variety of Italian sandwiches, including Veal, Chicken, Steak and Onions, Meatball, Sausage and Onions, Veggie, and Eggplant Parmesan. I've heard so much about this authentic family run Italian sandwich joint that I had to finally make a pit stop for a quick bite and see if it's really "perfection on a bun." Old-world Italian recipes and techniques are followed at this shop, where you'll feel as though you're at a family gathering, from the way you're greeted to the way staff bid you farewell. The Veal sandwich is everything you'd expect it to be - greasy, meaty, made to order - and then some. Make sure you add cheese and mushrooms to take it up a notch! The Eggplant Parmesan is also outstanding. Service is phenomenal.
Best bet: Veal Sandwich ($7.99)
This quaint pizzeria on Kerr St. knows how to craft a fabulous meal. Wings are thrown into the wood-stone oven, which draws me in. Verdict: These wing sauces are amazing! Very saucy (albeit fatty) wings were sampled mild, which was surpringly a tasty and tangy sauce in and of itself. Then I had the medium, hot, and honey garlic. Both medium and hot have a great blend of herbs and spices, while the honey garlic obviously has both real honey and garlic in it. This adorable little pizzeria in Kerr Village boasts super-friendly service and super-fantastic wings (plus delicious breadsticks, which were thrown in!). With more than 30 years of experience, the men behind the counter say they used to be located in east Mississauga, near Bloor St. and Fieldgate Dr. Once they moved to Kerr they never looked back. They’re fun to be around (check out a pizza dubbed the Pretentious Pie, complete with bocconcini, prosciutto, golden berries, figs, goat cheese, and blueberry honey) and their crust is downright amazing.
Best bet: A pound of medium ($10).
This casual dining option opened on May 3, 2017, and man, are they ever crushing it with their next-level sandwich game! The menu at this gourmet shop combines classic braising techniques with unconventional flavours. It offers up six sandwich options, including top sellers such as BBQ Pulled Pork, Beef + Kimchi, and Karaage (Japanese fried chicken), which are finished on the flat top. There's also poutine, fresh cut fries, and milkshakes. Items are made fresh to order. But all you need to try is the Beef + Kimchi sandwich. Alongside the obvious ingredients, it's got spicy bap sauce, sweet soy, and fresh scallions. Served on a French bun (that's ridiculously delicous, one bite in!), it's a serious flavour party in my mouth. It arrives on a cute little stainless steel serving tray. The sandwich looks and tastes spectacular. Same goes for the similar-yet-different- Kimchi Bap Poutine. (Their fries are the bomb). You'll find the resto in the Fortino's plaza at Dundas St. W. and Neyagawa Blvd. -- look near the Hasty Market.
Best bet: Kimchi Bap Poutine ($6.25)