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Where to go in Brampton Ontario

I moved to Brampton last year and have done the chains. They are as predictable here as one would expect. I am surprised that in such a large and growing city the best I could find is Aggie Martin. Not that I have a problem with Aggie's, they are the best and I am a little surprised they have settled here as they would do very well in Toronto, Mississauga or Oakville.
However there seems to be little in new offerings other than Italian or Indian. I am bored and craving some Japanese, Fusion, Italian not based on Pasta or Veal (around here you would think that is all they eat in Italy if the local menus are any representation of Italian cuisine) how about a Sunday Brunch other than Cora's or Giggling Tomatoes, maybe real Thai and a steakhouse that is local and independent! Help from those of you who have been here longer and are tuned into the dining scene.

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  1. Lived here all 25 years of my life -- and I know pretty much all the good places in my price range (ie: not suit and tie dining)

    For all day brunch type stuff I still say the best is the greasy spoon at Queen & McLaughlin, its called Stacy Lee's Diner.. I reccomended it to someone here a month or two ago and they were happy also.. It's just a diner but the food is fresh and consistent as long as you stick to the standard stuff.. Fluffy waffles, pancakes, fruit, sausages, eggs bacon etc

    Italian I'm not sure what you've tried, there is Rapini's near downtown Brampton (Main & Nanwood) which I don't go to often unless someone takes me there for dinner , there is Pomodoro (pizza place/pasta/sandwiches) and Antonelli's in the same plaza (fine dining?), Pomodoro is good, never been to Antonelli's, this is at Ray Lawson & Hurontario

    There is also Bassano's on Main Street and Williams Parkway... But my personal favorite for Italian is La Capannina downtown Brampton.. A very nice restaurant that always treats my family terrific.. Our family has been going for 25 years and they're still there

    The thai place (thai pepper or something like this) beside Turtle Jacks and Pita Nutsy is supposedly good, thats at Main & Fisherman I think.. Sahla Thai on Queen is garbage

    Best falafels are from a tiny hole in the wall at Kennedy & Clarence, from a place called Falafel garden... their cole slaw topping is ridiculously good also

    Best shawarma's are from beside thai place at Fisherman drive, used to be called Pita Nutsy but is now called Shawarma & Grill... Either way, its very good and the guy is super friendly & enthusiastic

    As far as I know, Keg is probably the best steakhouse we've got (that I know of..) I don't recall ever seeing another specific steakhouse genre really

    Lots of other stuff I know of, i'll see what else your looking for and let you know if i think of anything

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      The above thread is a compendium of all things Brampton-related. We try to keep it updated, but it's not pretty.

      I don't mind Thai Pepper on Fisherman at Hwy 10 beside TeeJay Chicago's. It's mostly real Thai. I will have to retry the shwarma next door now that it's no longer Pita Nutsy.

      Toshi Sushi on Main south of Bovaird is just okay. Can be hit-or-miss. I hear the AYCE sushi place on Kennedy is good. Can anyone confirm?

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      1. re: Food Tourist

        Sushi 168 on Kennedy used to be good. However I was there recently and it's no longer worth a visit unless you want quantity over quality. Most of the sushi is tasteless (like tuna sushi , shrimp, egg and even Calif roll!) The tempura is still good - crispy and light, but that's about the only enjoyable item.

      2. Thanks for all of the info. Have been to Stacy Lee's. Good food for the money. Don't like Rapini's at all, it was one of the first places I tired when I moved to Brampton last year. The young girl was unprofessional and their food is boring. Their crème caramel and crème brulee is some of the worst I have tried. Atmosphere is nice though. Bassano is too pricey for the quality of the meat and seafood. I presumed they were cost cutting as the place is always empty. Went to La Capannina once with a customer. Very nice people. The décor is a bit out of date but the people make up for it. However good the food is, there is not a lot of “real Italian” on the menu, just some pasta and veal, the anticipated seafood, lamb and beef. What I wouldn’t give for that tender bean soup I had in Florence or some heavenly braciola. I love Toshi for a quick Japanese fix, good food, nice people and great value. Plus I don’t have to hit the Toronto traffic.

        Pomodoro sounds like a good one to try. Looked up Antonelli’s and they are closed?? Will definitely try the Thai Pepper and Falafel garden. I will stay away from the Keg though. The hwy 10 & Bovaird location is too cavernous and I find the sound echoes and it is too loud. Besides I stick with Aggie`s if I want a striploin or filet. Same money but much better quality –I don’t even need a steak knife it`s so tender.

        I heard Don Valentino`s might be good for REAL ITALIAN has anyone been there? I also heard there is a new place downtown but a friend said it was very pricey and slick? ? I just assumed that in a town of 400,000 plus so close to the airport there would be much more variety and so I was obviously missing out on some great dining.

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        1. re: bramptonfoodie

          oh! How could I forget Osso Bucco

          It's hidden kind of in the back of a rural area on north of Bovaird on Hurontario.. The original owner died (Vito) but the place was erected and re-named in his name, and it has a very loyal clientele.. I haven't been in a while though...

          There is also Tonino's at Bovaird & McLaughlin near my house.. Open kitchen so you can see your food being prepared but I've never been terribly impressed by my take-out from there.. Although it seems to get mentioned alot when I talk to other friends around here..

          Tony & Jim's also is a Brampton landmark at Flowertown & McLaughlin... A pretty humble little pizza & pasta place but its been the same owners for like 20 years and they can whip up some pretty good food at times... I went to high school around the block from there and tried most of their stuff.. Their sandwiches are pretty popular

          Where is Aggie's? I don't recall seeing it in Brampton

          Across from Thai Pepper there is also most peoples favorite Fish & Chips in Brampton (Heritage F&C north location)... Although I think I like Mimi's best at Main & Nanwood (Their tempura shrimps arent bad either!)

          Never been to Don Valentino's but seen it a few times.. Sounds gimmicky

          I don't think Antonelli's is closed.. I could have sworn I drove through the Plaza and its stil there (Maybe renamed now. It's in the same plaza as Turtle Jacks and Pomodoro if I recall correctly)

          Best portuguese chicken goes to Nova Esperanca at Main & Williams

          Best custard tart's you've ever had are from Lisboa Bakery that opened up downtown Brampton, right around Main & Queen.. Ridiculously good, super crispy and flakey.. They also have a hot table thats OK and great fresh buns/bread

          1. re: duckdown

            I had a great meal at Aggie Martin as well..it's across the street from the Rose Theatre. It was on Restaurant Makeover awhile back..

        2. I have heard of Lisboa but never been. Love Portugese chicken so I will head to Nova Esperanca. I have also heard that Osso Bucco's was good for Osso Bucco only.

          Aggie martin is on Main St. right beside the Royal Bank at the four corners. Looks high end with the white table cloths and all, but they will do take out and you can wear jeans and a tee to dinner. If doing take out be prepared to wait or call ahead as everything is made from scratch.

          1. Also, to add to the list, there is Antica Osteria which opened within the last year at Hurontario and Mayfield. Italian place, good fresh food.

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            1. re: rindinella_k

              I'm around there from time to time, anything you can specifically reccomend?

              1. re: duckdown

                They make an excellent, if I remember correctly, spinach filled ravioli in a cognac sauce. Their pasta pescatore, seafood pasta, was very good as well.

                1. re: rindinella_k

                  That sounds excellent. I definetely head out there!

            2. I have lived inBrampton all my life and here are a few of my fav's (or are close by):
              - Canelli's (Queen and Kennedy), family run and very friendly and yummy!
              - Bamboo Garden (Queen and Kennedy)
              - Norval Pancake Factory ( take Bovaird west to Georgetown) - Awesome Breakfast!
              -Zets (Airport Road and Derry) - best late night grease!
              - Shawarma & Grill (Fisherman Drive) just rocks!
              - Antica Osteria (Mayfeild and 10)
              There is a few suggstions....

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              1. B. Foodie, while we seldom go to steak houses, we have enjoyed our nostalgic experiences once every few years at Zorro's on Torbram just north of Derry. That might qualify as South Brampton.

                You'll have to turn your watches back about 35 years before entering to reset your expectations from contemporary standards. It's right out of the 60's. However, their beef is exceptionally well aged and carefully cooked to your specifications. Warning, the portions are as huge. I have a very healthy appetite, but can't manage both an appetizer and a main there.

                My wife and I recently shared their Chateaubriand and it was a very substantial roast that could have fed 6. It was presented on the traditional platter surrounded by many different vegetables and then sliced tableside. Far too much food, but all very good.

                Service staff are well-seasoned and quietly competent pros. The environment is the traditional red and dark steakhouse norm.

                This is definitely not a destination for most under-30 folks although no one will make them feel unwelcome.

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                7270 Torbram Rd, Mississauga, ON L4T3Y7, CA

                1. I tried the "Calypso Hut Too", Queen and Airport, not knowing what to expect, and for $6.95 (lunch buffet Wed-Fri) it exceeded my expectations. Crispy wings, sauteed broccoli and peppers with bits of garlic, plain and fried rice,noodle dish, fried fish with thin batter,BBQ chicken, all similar to Chinese buffets, with the difference being the added curried chicken and goat dishes, giving it the Caribbean stamp.Not bad at all!