5 Hottest Restaurants in Mississauga: Oct 1 - 7

Here are the 5 hottest restaurants in Mississauga for the week of Oct. 1 to Oct. 7, based on the amount of organic page views and searches the restaurants received on insauga.com.

5 - 17 Steakhouse and Bar

17 Steakhouse and Bar was one of the most impressive new openings of 2015. Millions were spent redesigning the majestic 32,000 sq. ft. space filled with over the top features such as a gorgeous oversized freshwater aquarium filled with a colourful array of African cichlid fish that's visible from both the main bar and one of the two private dining rooms. The menu includes a number of U.S., Ontario and Alberta prime cuts of beef, including the tenderloin, strip loin, prime T-bone, porterhouse and tomahawk. You will also find Japanese A5 wagyu and a reasonably priced American flat iron wagyu at $40 for 8 oz. Other options include oysters, ahi tuna, seared scallops, tempura shrimp, fish options, salads, duck confit, bison tenderloin, risotto, chicken, braised back ribs, charcuterie board, calamari and a seafood tower.

4) Kravingz

Lissa Genobaga and Damian Kubarski are a husband and wife team who are self-proclaimed foodies and steadfast local supporters who love their community in Clarkson - an undiscovered area of the city that has a number of gems including theirs: a brunch spot called Kravingz. The resto is unique for its made-from-scratch menu that supports local suppliers. They source a number of the ingredients for their dishes from local bakeries and suppliers such as Manila Bakery's specialty - a Filipino bread roll known as pandesal, produce from A.J. Lanzarotta, and other ingredients from Truscott Bakery and Sheridan Meats. Their signature dish is The Flip Side (house made longanisa which is a Filipino sausage served with crunchy garlic rice and a fried egg), The Polski Benedict (potato placki is a Polish potato pancake served with smoked salmon or peameal bacon, poached eggs and house made hollandaise), Chicken N' Waffles (crispy fried chicken served with bacon and jalapeno waffles, bacon dressing and coleslaw) and The Islander (jerk corned beef hash, corn and cheddar grits and poached eggs) are so far the most popular.

3) Michael's Back Door

Before we start talking about the food and the restaurant, we've got to say that we love the name and where Michael's is located. The setup is so unlike anything else in Mississauga, as it is located at the back of a building in Clarkson off Lakeshore Road and is almost a secret because it's completely hidden from public view. As you park in the back alley, you will find a glass solarium protruding from the back. It's almost like you are walking into a secret location. We love the risotto pescatore, which has risotto with shrimp, scallops, fresh tomatoes and white wine. This is a perfect place for a date and they even have a piano room that can accommodate 40 people (so it’s great for a corporate dinner). They also have a wine room for up to 16, which is great for family parties when you just don't want to cook at home. Michael's is expanding so much that it might have a front door one day. Also, Michael's Back Door has been around since 1981, so you know they're doing something right.

2) Moral’s Village

The space is grand and the Asian inspired decor is modern and includes wood panelling and high ceilings. Pop and dance music plays throughout the resto. It's a fun spot to dine with friends! Every seat is equipped with its own stovetop. Both sides of the restaurant are almost mirror images of one another with self-serve sauce and garnish stations that include over 12 options such as spicy sauce, green onion, preserved bean curd, sesame oil and garlic and vinegar. This style of dining is communal; it's the epitome of what food does - brings people together and encourages conversation (while you wait for your ingredients to cook). It's also some serious comfort food with a hot soup base, flavourful sauces and nourishing ingredients. It's definitely enjoyable solo, but it’s much better when there are others to share the experience with.

1 - Fired Up

Fired Up! Woodfire Barbeque Company is Mississauga's first BBQ restaurant that boasts an open concept, street-side cookery right in the heart of Port Credit. It's an impressive restaurant-front that exposes Executive Chef Luis Vultao and his team of grillardins who are literally on street-side display, encircled with fire from the woodfire grills where they display their craft. The 1,500 square foot space (formerly a Gino's Pizza) was completely gutted and is surprisingly more spacious than the corner unit appears to be. The resto design is masculine but cozy and filled with reclaimed Canadian wood such as hemlock and maple, plus 250 year old barn boards. You will find everything from game meats such as venison, Australian lamb from Opal Valley, ostrich, pork belly, wild boar, and seafood such as ahi tuna, swordfish, octopus and prawns, burgers, poutine's and a variety of salads on the menu.

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