Good chow near Brampton Civic Hospital?
Are there any places within reasonable walking distance of either the hospital or the Holiday Inn Select Brampton? We're open to all types of cuisine and price isn't really a factor. However this isn't exactly a celebration so loud or super-high-end places would be out. Need to find breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Thanks Hounds.
I wanted to take a quick moment to thank you guys for your suggestions.
On day 1 we ended up at Toshi Japanese for lunch. It was pretty decent. I'd say comparable to most downtown Toronto sushi restos.
On day 2, rindinella, we didn't up at Tonino's. We went to Bassano instead as we were celebrating a good friend and relieved that another was going to be okay. What a treat! Absolutely one of the best Italian meals I've had in the GTA. The 3 of us opened by sharing bruschetta, the insalata Toscana, and a huge plate of calamari fritti that was light, delicate, and oh so tender. Normally I like my calamari with lemon only thank you very much, but after one bite of it dipped in their tomato sauce I was a convert. For mains the gf had penne alla vodka which she heartily enjoyed. Hubby had the night's special of pork tenderloin served in a sauce of apple, apricot, and plum with a side of pasta. He was so excited by the flavours he insisted gf & I try it. Now it seems I'll have to recreate that sauce at home. The ever helpful and never far away server, Alberto, suggested to me I might like the seafood so I went with the Risotto di Mare. This tender, flavourful risotto was chock 'o' block with lobster, shrimp, mussels, squid, and I can't remember what else. Even with the abundance of seafood the flavours were beautifully balanced. Very impressive. We ran out of steam before we could get to dessert. Guess we'll just have to go back. As for service, again our server was very professional and gentle while guiding us newcomers. The woman who seated us put our 3 sets of freezing feet by the gas fireplace and turned it to just the point where you're warmed, but not overly so. Shortly thereafter, no doubt overhearing us saying how bright it was, they dimmed the lights until they heard "aaahhhh". Perfect. Set in an old 2-storey home the interior decor is very old-fashioned. They coooould change that, but I certainly wouldn't. It feels very cozy and loans itself to long relaxed meals.
Thanks again to everyone and especially Rindinella K.
re: Food Tourist
If you click on the link I provided at the bottom of the post you will see there's a "Menu" link which provides pricing for their regular menu items. The wine list is fairly reasonably priced as well. Not extensive and not cheap, but reasonable with a little something for everyone. I noticed a '98 Barolo parked behind me in the wine rack.
add "Mangia, Mangia" to your list.
Small place w/ home-made Italian lunch (11-4 mon thru fri)
Family run; it is noteworthy for its great food, cheer and positive energy ... mite be just what you need right now.
It is @ S-W corner of Chrysler Drive & Williams Parkway.
(a coupla blocks east and south of the hospital)
Right around the hospital, there is a few Indian places, at the strip plaza at Bovaird and Dixie (west of the hospital.) Also there is one east of the hospital in another little plaza.
I work, right next to a place on Bovaird called Toninos. Good Italian family place. They have seats, they serve, pastas (all with homemade sauces,) pizza, sandwiches, and such. good pricing, and a nice little spot. It is located at Bovaird and McLaughlin rd. west of the hospital, about a 5-10 min. drive along Bovaird.
Hope this helped a little. There aren't really any outstanding, or ever half decent places that I have found in this area, unless you are looking for something upscale, there is Bassano's, but I don't think it is what you are looking for.
Your place, Tonino's, sounds perfect. A casual family-run Italian place is always a good idea.
As for more upscale places, let's put it this way: Day 1 while we wait on the results of our good friend's surgery I think we'd both feel guilty going someplace really high-end. If on Day 2 we have cause for celebration then it might be a possibility. Thank you very much for your help.