Where to take 17 year old boy in Oakville/Burlington?
This is my first post on Chowhound. I have enjoyed browsing the site for many years, and based on recommendations from this website I have tried many new places & foods around the Greater Toronto Area. Finally, I am stumped enough to post a question.
My 17 year old nephew from London, England will be staying with us for 3 weeks this summer. There will be plenty of homecooked meals, but we like to dine out and want to take him out for meals as often as possible.We are looking for cool new restaurants, food courts, hangouts in the Oakville/Burlington area. My husband and I are thirtysomething, open to trying new places but we are finding it challenging to come up with restaurants other than the usual Jack Astors, Keg, Starbucks etc where a 17 year old boy would enjoy. Does anyone know of interesting cafes, restaurants, hangouts where we could take him?
Thanks in advance for any suggestions, I look forward to your replies.
In Oakville definately Stoneys Bread Company for great sandwiches/pizza and a killer sunday brunch..
In Burlington, the downtown area would have a few places. For a nicer meal on the water, Spencers. For a more relaxed, casual meal Emma's Back Porch (atmosphere is lively for a teenager).
Also, The Rude Native on Brant is quite popular and lively, especially the rooftop patio.
Village Square would have a couple of places..Mantra for Indian, It's All Greek to Me for greek, a sushi restaurant (forget the name!), My Thai for thai..
And Dickens or Poacher for pub food (the Dickens and Rude Native often have live music..so does Spencers on Thurs I think..)
Joe Dogs on Brant is a sports bar with lots of live music, pool tables, etc and a popular younger place.
How about Spoon and Fork on Trafalfar Road? It's got a ton of variety--Thai/Chinese and a killer Spring Roll platter appetizer : )
I second Sweet Smoke - that place is so good, especially for the GTA BBQ scene. Mr. Cheeze tried the burger on a recent trip - it can be cooked to something other than "shoe leather". He got it medium - he said it was very juicy, fresh bun, topped with crisp pancetta and real old/sharp cheddar. He would definitely get it again. He wouldn't even let me have a bite! :P
As for another poster's suggestion of Spoon & Fork - I have not been to the Trafalgar one, but I have been to the one in Clarkson. it was awful. Trying too hard to be all things to all people, too many pan-Asian dishes, no discernable flavour to any of them. Won't go back
Go to Chicago Pizza Shack in Hamilton. SOOOOO so good. we went on a Sunday night around 7.30ish/8pm. No line up/no wait at all. I think we got very lucky
If he likes to try different food, Sakai in Burlington on Fairview is a Japanese restauarant and you could do Shabu Shabu or Sukiyaki (JAPANESE FONDUE DISHES COOKED AT YOUR TABLE) it is fun. There is also Barangas on the Beach if you don't mind going to Hamilton...nice to sit on the patio. For a rainy day activity try the new VIP rooms at the theatre in Oakville. I think it is $16.95 per person for the movie but well worth it.
Good luck and have fun!
K well the boy is 17!!!!!!!!!!!!
If you want fun, hip, cool, consistent JOE DOGG'S on Brant Street
(as burlgurl suggested:)
They have a great menu from wings to Mom's Homemade Meatloaf
AND try the fried pickles
Daytime it is a lot of business men
Later in the afternoon to early evening family's
But after 9pm, it becomes a full out bar, with band's on weekends
and sometimes during the week
Check out the link and take a look at the menu, photos and atmosphere
I have NOT been there in quite sometime, so not sure if it has changed.........
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