5 Hidden Gems Found in North Mississauga

Like Drake dissing up Meek Mills, I'm charged up about Derrydale Village (or north Mississauga or whatever). It's the area with Kennedy Road to the east, Mavis to the west, Derry to the south and the 407 to the north. Often overlooked when it comes to cuisine, there are some real gems in the area that you NEED to hit up.

1. Olympia Grill

This greasy spoon is a mainstay for families and truckers alike along the Mississauga / Brampton corridor. I have spent many a hungover morning/afternoon feasting on the famous steak and eggs that this joint serves up with a delicious Caesar to wash it down. I have had lunch here as well and the club sandwich is on point.

2. Potluck Restaurant

Located in the Derrydale Village plaza, potluck is a Caribbean restaurant that serves up delicious food that my wife loves. Fun fact: West Indians do not cook on Fridays and that is something that I have learned to not only accept, but embrace as I crush a large Oxtail with rice, peas and coleslaw.

3. Guru Lakshmi

Like October's Very Own, this place needs no introduction as it has won praise from all corners of the country for its delicious dosas. With lineups out the door every single day of the week, the owner wisely decided to take over the unit next door, making this place even more attractive to the public. Unless you are a player like myself, make reservations to avoid waiting in the que like the common folk. You can also snag a table if you show up really early -- like well before 5:30.

4. Lisboa Bakery and Deli

Located in an unassuming plaza just south of the 407 on Mavis, this spot has a hot table that can make Shawn Desmond's momma jealous. As you all may know, I am a man of the sea and this place has some of the best Bacalhau I have ever tried. I will put it up against any salted cod found on Rogers Rd in Toronto and that is a big statement.

5. Soaltee Restaurant

Located in the same plaza as Lisboa bakery, this place serves up three of my favorite types of food: Indian, Hakka Chinese and Nepalese. The Hakka is great and so is the Indian. When I say great, I mean it is really good. However, the stars of the show are the house-made momos, which are Nepalese dumplings made with ground chicken, spices and tomato chutney for dipping. Grub like this is enough to make your boy holler out, "what a time to be alive!"

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