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I was hoping someone could suggest places to eat in the big bedroom city west of TO.

I've been to Ruth's Cris...but would like some more affordable places .. particularly family type eateries. Understand that Oakville has a few recommended places ???

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  1. I can defintitly help out since i've lived in the area my whole life, i just need a bit more of a direction of what you're looking for (i know affordable and family, but cuisine?)

    1. Hey ...
      Scroll down to my Dec 2/04 entry.
      Lists some of my Mississauga favourites.

      Add to the list:

      Nepalese/Indian restaurant in Streetsville.
      Can't remember the name; quaint little place; worth trying.
      NE corner of Brittania and Mississauga Rd (Queen Street)

      Enjoy

      1. Peter's on Eglington. Decent prices with portion sizes suitable for a Grizzly Bear just about to go into hibernation.

        Mexican Post (by Yuk-Yuk's on Dixie and Aimco...I think) has pretty good and affordable Tex-Mex stuff.

        Baton Rouge (either at Heartland Centre on Mavis and Britannia or on Winston Park Drive) has good steaks and a nice Oban Scotch (for $18 per ounce-and-a-half) that'll blow your socks off.

        Jimbay's Japanese (on Dixie just a block north of Eglington Ave) is a fantastic Sushi place.

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        1. re: RogueEats

          Our Mississauga favorite is the tiny Bistro Matisse on the south side of Lakeshore Rd. in Clarkson Village. Chef-owner Jean-Jacques single handedly puts out consistently excellent traditional French bistro fare at moderate prices.

          Weekend business volume stretches his capabilities. They are at their best is on weekdays either at lunch or dinner. Please, don't all go at once.

          1. re: iamafoodie

            Jean-Jacques has sold the Bistro Matisse to another French trained chef and they do fairly well maintaining the French fare and the food quality.

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            Bistro Matisse
            1710 Lakeshore Rd W, Mississauga, ON L5J1J5, CA

            1. re: vqanna

              Has anyone been to Bistro Matisse recently? I noticed it a few weeks ago while picking up from Mango Rain a few doors down. It's a bit of a drive for me, but looked very inviting.

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              Bistro Matisse
              1710 Lakeshore Rd W, Mississauga, ON L5J1J5, CA

              Mango Rain
              1714 Lakeshore Rd W, Mississauga, ON L5J1J5, CA

        2. wow korean... somewhere near dundas is all i know. but really really fab pork bone soup. they give you the nice meaty bones and the meat is tender and moist is a fantastic way and good large chunks come right off. the broth is cabbage-y and delicious with a minor infusion of the pork and good heat from the chili. awesome and cheap at their $6 special they've got advertised. good rice too! don't go for the fried chicken special though... nice crispy bits of chicken but a bit pricier and the sauce is your basic sweet and sour gloop.

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          1. re: pinstripeprincess

            Are you thinking of Man Doo Hyang? If you are, then I concur!! It's a great restaurant. It's on the north side of Dundas, between Hurontario and Cawthra. Try the spicy squid and pork hot plate. YUMMMMMY!

            1. re: pinstripeprincess

              Took your recs about Man Doo Hyang. We just bought a car a block away and where starving so I looked up some finds in the Cawthra/Dundas search. We got the shrimp fried rice. Wonderful. Nice and sticky with egg shrimps and lots of sesame infused flavor with the seeds and oil. We also got their dumplings. By far the biggest asian dumplings I have ever had. Massive and stuffed with beef, thinly shredded cabbage, zuchinni and green onions. I am a huge dumpling fan and they where much different than Chinese/Japanese ones as the cabbage they use has a stronger more "cabbagy" (for lack of a better adjective) flavor. I also want to add they have a platformed no shoes area clad with asian floor style tables and cusions.

              1. re: food face

                Glad you enjoyed it! My favourite dish there has to be the sizzling hot plate of spicy pork belly and squid. The sizzling plate adds some serious "wok hay" to the dish. Now I'm craving it! Thanks a lot! ;) With regards to the dumplings, I find them to be large and tasty but somewhat bland. They definitely need the assistance of the dipping sauce to render them flavourful. I can't say I've ever had a bad dish there, though, but the squid and pork hot plate and the pork belly with kimchi certainly stand out.

                1. re: food face

                  i think that the one i went to was not this man doo hyang place, which sounds delicious but was just not the one i went to.

                  i believe it had the typical orange exterior and was on the end corner of a plaza with parking. i'm pretty sure the name was "wow... somethign something" but i can't guarantee nor do i know the korean name. it had a long bar that led to the kitchen pretty much the entire left side length with large tables along the right. the washroom was downstairs as part of the plaza facilities. i only had their two specials of the fried chicken with goopy spicy sauce and the pork bone soup and would highly recommend those.

                  the dishes you and red earth had sound really great so i'll have to keep my eye out for them when i'm in the area.

                  1. re: pinstripeprincess

                    Yeah, that's definitely not Man Doo Hyang. I think I know the one you went to, but I'm not sure of the name, nor have I been there. It would be hard for me not to go to Man Doo Hyang if I was in the neighbourhood, so I can't guarantee that I'll be visiting the one you went to any time soon...;)

                    1. re: redearth

                      Man Doo Hyang is just 30 sec of drive from Wow. My Korean friend strongly recommend Wow to me. The bulgogi of Wow is much better than Man Doo Hyang. However, Wow does not have BBQ cooked on table, but Man Doo Hyang has.

                      1. re: skylineR33

                        it was recommended to me specifically for the pork bone soup and man doo yang for the dolsot dishes and dumplings.

                        1. re: pinstripeprincess

                          Yes, dumpling for sure go to Man Doo Yang if korean dumpling is your thing. I have the BBQ Pork Belly cooked at table at Man Doo Yang one time, but it is too chewy that it is hard to eat. The bulgogi cooked at table is not bad. However for Korean Cooked at Table, I prefer going to Arirang in the same plaza of Lion City if I am in Mississauga.

              2. I enjoyed Miga, a Korean BBQ type place, on Dundas west of Winston Churchill.

                1. New chinese take out place opened in Clarkson just a bit ago. Uncle Chon's is located on Southdown just south of lakeshore - between the Sheridan Nursery and the Canadian Tire/Big Daddy's Plaza. We had fried rice, cantonese chowmein and spicy fried pork chop - everything was good - not outstanding - but very good - but the kicker is we spent $15 and had 4 huge meals from it. They even threw in spring rolls. Yes it is a whole in the wall but good.

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                  1. re: juliewong

                    Have eaten at Uncle Chon's as well and totally agree with your review. Good food (as above, not great) at very cheap prices and they also threw in a freebie for us......2 wonton soups. We ordered fried rice, general tso chicken, deep fried shripm dumpling, singapore rice noodel, beef egg foo young and it was only $27. The only dish that was average and not good was the rice.
                    It is worth it if you are feeling lazy on a non-pay week........kinda like we are tonight so going to have a second try at it.

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                    Uncle Chon Restaurant
                    802 Southdown Rd, Mississauga, ON L5J2Y4, CA

                    1. re: fryerlover

                      Did not end up ordering here as they did not have a person available for delivery and the person on the phone was very hard to understand due to a language barrier. We ended up ordering from Empire Wok for the first time and it was good. Still searching for an excellent chinese delivery in the area though.

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                      Empire Wok
                      970 Southdown Rd, Mississauga, ON L5J2Y4, CA

                  2. Mississauga has great Asian food. I frequent a couple of Viet places:

                    1125 Dundas E (near Dixie, across from Canadian Tire) has a bunch of Viet places. My favs are Pho Dau Bo and the Ba Le sandwich shop in the back. This place also has the bakery that makes bread shaped like alligators and rabbits.

                    888 Dundas E (between Dixie and Cawthra, the Chinese shopping center with the gate, pagoda, pond, and HSBC). I usually eat at the Viet place closest to the street. I've had the build-your-own rice paper rolls and I think I saw fire pot on the menu as well. This was also where I tried Hue soup for the first time (wow!).

                    1. What a relief, having just moved from Toronto to Mississauga I thought we had to drive into the city for a decent breakfast. This is our new breakfast spot.

                      Perfect over medium eggs, quality peameal, tasty real potatoes,hot buttered toast and great breakfast coffee.

                      If you are tired of the overpriced oversized menu at Coras this is great choice.

                      Proper breakfast !!!

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                      Bobby's Hideaway
                      20 Queen St N, Mississauga, ON L5N1A1, CA

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                      1. re: urbanegastrojedi

                        You might also try Sunny's Deli on Rathburn near Square One. The serve "all day breakfast" with good quality, fair price, and friendly service.

                        I also like Grano's Italian on Enfield Place across Bathhurst from Ruth Cris and Square One. It is small, not easy to locate the first time you go (but free garage parking with a well marked exit that puts you on the street right next to the door), family run place with reasonable prices. It's not fancy fancy, but a great food. Reservations are best on weekends.

                        1. re: South Carolina Girl

                          I think you mean Burnhamthorpe, not Bathhurst.

                          1. re: adkatz

                            Yes, I did. Thanks for the correction, adkatz!

                          2. re: South Carolina Girl

                            We were headed to Sunny's yesterday only to find out they have closed and an Indian joint is going to be opening there soon. So, now we are looking for a good breakfast joint in the Eastgate Parkway and Dixie area. We don't want to go anywhere that has a line or a long wait on weekends.

                            1. re: South Carolina Girl

                              The Orchard near hurontario and dundas is pretty good, the line up moves fast and if you get there before 9 there usually isn't one. other than that there is cora's(blech, whatever) at dundas and burnhamthorpe.

                              1. re: jiminy

                                I feel the same way about the Orchard as you do about Cora's. I feel the same way about Cora's, too!

                          3. re: urbanegastrojedi

                            Completely agree with Urbangastrojedi ... been there a dozen times and always great value - VERY busy on weekends - be prepared to wait for a table especially around 11:00A

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                            Bobby's Hideaway
                            20 Queen St N, Mississauga, ON L5N1A1, CA

                          4. Chinese: Deluxe Noodle (Creditview/Burnhamthorpe in Deer Run Plaza). They only accept cash.

                            Indian: Nawab in Streetsville (on Mississauga Rd.). We just discovered this gem. The butter chicken is delicious...actually everything we've tried has been very good.

                            Soup/Sandwiches: Panera (Square One - near the Walmart/Sears parking lot side)

                            Korean: Man Doo Hyang for sit down, but even better is a take-out (cafeteria) in a small strip plaza on Shepard and Dundas (near Hurontario). The food is delicious. There are 3 Korean take outs there, I will find out the name of the ones my parents frequent.

                            Portuguese - Leao D'Ouro (920 Dundas St. E.) Excellent take-out value if you get the family meal (bbq chicken, rice, melt in your mouth Parisian potatoes, salad, 2 large rolls). The chicken is a bit scrawny, but nevertheless delicious. The sit down menu features non-traditional meals as well, like peppercorn steak and salmon with mango chutney (my favorite). All dishes come with an assortment of Portuguese side dishes that are all yummy.

                            Pub grub: Belfast Lounge (Dixie/Eglinton) - haven't been there in awhile, but their servings were huge and food was good.

                            Vietnamese: I agree with Mr. Rabbit, 888 is very good. It's on Dundas St. in the Chinese Pagoda near the back

                            Still looking for a good Japanese restaurant. We went to Maki Maki last night and was not overly thrilled. Fortunately, I found this site after doing a search to see what others thought of it.

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                            Man Doo Hyang
                            6068 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M2M3W6, CA

                            Maki Maki Restaurant
                            1170 Burnhamthorpe Rd W, Mississauga, ON L5C4E6, CA

                            1. Turtle Jacks is good and they have a few locations in Mississuga...just google them.
                              What type of food and are you looking in a certain area of Mississauga?

                              1. I'd have to say Kumai sushi is probably one of the most authentic Japanese restaurants in Mississauga, if not Toronto. It's Japanese food made by a Japanese chef. If you're looking for dragon rolls, rainbow rolls, etc...this isn't your place. This is a good old fashion sushi joint - but their cooked food is right up there. The only downside is the pace of service on busy nights. They only have one server, one sushi chef (one of the best in the city), and one cook in the back. They're all great but when they get slammed expect to wait.

                                I'm a regular there and would like to keep this place to myself - especially with the lack of servers - but as a foodie...I need to spread the word.

                                it's located on Hurrontario and Brunel.

                                1. I'd like to know about good ethnic places around the Mississauga Road/401 area.

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                                  1. re: KitchenVoodoo

                                    If you move a bit east to HWY 10 and 401 there are a couple recommendations.

                                    1. El Sombrero just south of 401 on Brunel

                                    2. Pho 89 at Eglinton and HWY 10 East side

                                    3. Emerald Chinese Restaurant and BBQ

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                                    El Sombrero
                                    35 Brunel Rd, Mississauga, ON L4Z3E8, CA

                                    Emerald Chinese Restaurant
                                    30 Eglinton Ave W, Mississauga, ON L5R3E7, CA

                                    1. re: juliewong

                                      there is also the japanese place in the same plaza as el sombrero that I've heard good things about, can't remember the name though

                                  2. if you like thai food there is a good place on third line close to dundas called bamboo legend

                                    1. -Western, etc.: Blue Sage Gourmet Eatery, Saucy, Grano Ristorante, Grabriel’s, Aielli, Rosewood Bistro, Breakwater, Rogues, LagoShore. Also, Terrace On The Green in Brampton (just a few km north of Mississauga). I tried Blue Sage for the first time last week (had a delicious champion’s platter while enjoyed chatting with the friendly owner-chef).
                                      - Chinese: Chiuchow Man Chinese Restaurant, The Perfect Kitchen. For dim sum: Emerald, Sam Woo, Perfect Kitchen. Two weeks ago had a sumptuous dinner with friends at the Chiuchow Man Chinese Restaurant which hit the sweetspot (fish maw soup with crabmeat, steamed Vancouver crabs, huge oysters in special sauce, marinated duck with jelly fish, steamed chicken with veggies, baby snowpea leaves with mushroom, beef rib with spicy honey sauce, rice with tiger prawns wrapped in lotus leaves, red bean dessert ).
                                      - Breakfast, Bakery or Cafe: Tutti Frutti, Marish Boulangerie, Panera Bread, Adobo Cafe, Bobby’s Hideaway, Artisano. For coffee: Marish Boulangerie, Sweets Pastry Shop, or Faema at Sherway Gardens
                                      - South East Asian: Pho Dau Bo (Vietnamese, 1525 Bristol at Creditview), Lion City Restaurant (Singapore & Malaysian), SukoThai Restaurant (Thai). Also, Celadon House in Oakville (South East Asian, Ford & Royal Windsor)
                                      - Japanese: Kumai Sushi Restaurant. Before it moved to Toronto, Kaiseki Yu-Zen Hashimoto Restaurant was the best Mississauga restaurant of any cuisine.
                                      - Lebanese: Paramount Fine Foods
                                      - Korean: Miga BBQ, Man Doo Hyang
                                      - Indian: Guru Lukshmi, Nirvana: The Flavours of India, Nawab Indian Cuisine, Madras Dosa Hut
                                      - Burgers: Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Hero Certified Burgers, Johnny Rockets
                                      - Chicken Wings: Chiuchow Man Chinese Restaurant (one flavour: spicy), Popeyes Chicken & Biscuits, Wacky Wings, The Clarkson Pump & Patio
                                      Tiramisu & Desserts: La Sem Patisserie

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                                      1. re: Tony8952

                                        , Tried Pho Dau Bo, Chiuchow Man, Blue Sage, Five Guys, Kumai and Tutti Frutti, all sensational. Any other hot spots in Mississauga? Where's the best coffee? Fine(est) dining? Pub?

                                      2. There is Fionn MacCool's opening at Southdown and Lakeshore sometime in May. It's opening where the old Big Daddy's used to be. At at the one on Esplanade over a year ago.....can't remember what I ate, although remember enjoying it. Will have to give it a try once it opens.

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                                        1. re: fryerlover

                                          DH and I ended ujp eating at Fionn MacCool's a few months back and food was great. I had a Haddock sandwhich with lobster sauce and coleslaw and really enjoyed it. DH had a potato pancake filled with chicken tikka masala with a salad. Both salad and entre tasted great. All around great meal and would go back.

                                        2. I wanted to revitalize this thread as I am looking for a great steak meal in Mississauga. Have been to La Castille which is great but pricey and also Aristotle's but wondering is there is any others out there.

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                                          1. re: juliewong

                                            Julie, Bistro Chezanne in the centre of Streetsville does a great Steak au Poivre with extraordinary Frites for $24. I haven't found better in Mississauga. The pleasant interior and cheerful service are a bonus.

                                            They are on the corner of Queen St. South at the cenotaph.

                                          2. I wanted to write about a hidden gem in Mississauga. The restaurant is called Sushi in Sushi. I first came here when it opened and was pleasantly surprised by the quality and service provided by the owners. It's run by a Korean family who clearly takes pride in what they do. The restaurant is tucked away in an odd location (beside a car garage) but inside the restaurant is a quaint and clean traditional Japanese styled space.

                                            The service is always prompt, courteous, and warm. You're greeted by the owner/chef with a smile and you can seat at the bar or at one of the 9 smaller tables nearby. The menu is mostly Japanese but it does have a fair number of Korean dishes. For lunches, they have set boxes that are good value. The prices range from 8.95 to 12.95 and this includes real authentic green tea (with rice pieces!), salad, miso soup, fruit (honeydew slice), sushi rice, and variety of entrees. I've had the bulgogi (sliced beef in a sweetened soy sauce), salmon teriyaki, chicken teriyaki, and tempura options. Everything is freshly made, hot, and good tasting. Portions are not large but is a good value for the price. The salmon is fresh, succuluent, and has good charred bits. The bulgogi is flavourful and not dry. The tempura is not oily or heavy.

                                            You can quickly get your lunch and finish within 30 minutes but the atmosphere is relaxed and calm with the classic jazz being played over the speakers. I highly recommend this place to try if you're in the area for lunch! I'm going to eventually go here for dinner and hoping to try for sushi and sashimi dinner.

                                            1. I just found another great lunch place in north Mississauga. I've never noticed it till today and I'm really happy I found it. It's called Mizuki and it's located just south of the 401 on Winston Churchill. It's right in the area where they have Walmart, Rona, and Starbucks. It specializes in teriyaki only and the portions and quality are really really good. It's not quite fast food but it's not a restaurant either. You do go up and order but they bring out the meals to you once they're done cooking it.

                                              They greet you as you come in with smiling faces. They're constantly cleaning the table tops (it's a pristine clean place). And as I mentioned, the quality and portions are great. For about $10 to $12, you get a large tasty portion of meat (sirloin steak, chicken teriyaki, salmon teriyaki, chicken katsu, or yakisoba), large salad, and rice. The spicy teriyaki sauce wasn't a cloying brown sludge. You can see the individual spices and it was high on flavour (I didn't get the dreaded MSG or salt hit from other places). It doesn't taste frozen and the dressings taste homemade.

                                              For a Friday, it was pretty busy so we had to wait about 5 minutes at our table to get our food but it was worth it! Far better than the lousy Japanese Teriyaki fast food places.

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                                              1. re: Nevy

                                                Just tried this place on your advice and it's great, thanks. I'm new to working in this area and was looking for somewhere other than chains for lunch.

                                                Agreed on the pristinely clean and the friendliness. I actually felt like they were happy to have me come into their store, not just being nice because I'm a customer. Almost empty at 1:30pm, so it seems that a little later in the day, waiting clearly isn't an issue.

                                                For $11 (incl tax) I had the Chicken Katsu - crispy, fresh and what looked like two portions of chicken - more than I could finish, though admittedly I'm not an enormous eater, as well as rice and salad. I wouldn't call their 'spicy' even 'barely warm', but maybe that's the area?