Recs near Brampton, Mississauga?
First visit to Toronto coming up next week and looking for some recommendations. We have a wedding to attend in Brampton and will be staying at the Stage West in Mississauga. Here is what I am looking for:
1) One of two of your favorite hole-in-the-wall, local MUST haves. Doesn't matter what cuisine although my husband doesn't eat meat so must include some fish/veggie choices. Doesn't necessarily have to be dinner.
2) Your favorite semi high end or high end place where the food is as good as their hype. Somewhere you would go on a special occasion.
3) any particular foods we should look for on menus that are especially good this time of year.
4) Your favorite ethnic restaurant- can be sushi, indian, anything you think we should try.
Thank you Toronto!
Our favourite breakfast place would qualify as a hole-in-the-wall... Lakeview Lunch on Dundas Street near Ossington, that's in Toronto proper.
Great steak or veal sandwich at a mom-and-pop pizza place in a strip mall in Mississauga, take the 403 to Winston Churchill, go south and turn left at the first set of light.
Best burger in Mississauga, Full Bite Burgers, south-west corner of Dundas and Dixie Road.
You must try roti while you're in town. Barb's Roti on Lakeshore blvd west of Dixie Road is pretty good.
I'd love to give you a good place for fish and chips, but none comes to mind right now. But there are quite a few tasty offerings in that department.
No matter how many people tell you it's a local specialty, do not try poutine anywhere in Toronto. It's a Quebec dish that is massacred outside that province. I'm from there, and in 6 years of living here I have yet to encounter a version that doesn't want to make me cry.
A lot what you'll find in the Brampton/Mississauga area are chains like Kelsey's. There is decent pub fare in Mississauga and Brampton, in case of doubt try the Fox and Fiddle or any of the Firkin bars (Swan and Firkin, Fox and Firkin, etc.), they're usually not bad.
One thing: Because there are a lot of immigrants in the Brampton/Mississauga area, you can find some pretty decent Asian restaurants, chinese, vietnamese, indian, etc, that are more authentic than the americanized versions often found in the USA.
Do take the time to go downtown Toronto to the St-Lawrence Market on a Saturday morning, and let your mouth do the walking. That's located at Lower Jarvis and Front Street. I wholeheartedly recommend Mustachio's in the basement for the veal sandwich, I hear their eggplant sandwich is awsome too. Nearby is a treaasure trove of good places, but for something upscale, try thai food at Spring Rolls on Front a block west of the Market.
I'll ask my boyfriend to post something here for you, he works around there.
Enjoy your stay!
I would like to add my favorite Trinidadian restaurant:
It's called Bhara's Hut. It's on Dundas and Kirwin ave (which between Hurontario and Cawthra) Northwest corner. Its in a strip plaza w/a sunoco gas station and. My favorite: doubles (only $1 each and also vegetarian), chicken roti or stewed chickn on red beans and rice.