5 Hottest Restaurants in Mississauga – Oct 31 to Nov 6

Here are the 5 hottest and best restaurants in Mississauga for the week of October 31 to November 6, based on the amount of organic page views and searches these restaurants received on insauga.com.

5 - Clarkson Mediterranean Bistro

The Clarkson Mediterranean Bistro is a gem of a find in a small and quaint neighbourhood located west of Port Credit in a community called Clarkson Village. The Clarkson Mediterranean Bistro is a restaurant that's now on my list of go-to places to dine in Mississauga. I had driven by it many times and had it on my list for months - I just wish I had gone sooner. I was floored by the level of service, the flavours, the quality of the food and the affordable pricing. This resto is a prime example of the benefits of supporting local restaurants over the big chains. We tried the California Chicken Risotto includes roasted tomatoes, zucchini and artichokes in a chardonnay and parmesan rose sauce. Risotto can be a heavy dish; however the flavours were on point and balanced with just enough acidity, resulting in a light, creamy and appetizing dish. The rice to ingredient ratio was perfect with substantial chicken, artichoke and zucchini pieces embedded in the silky risotto.

4 - Roc’n Doc’s

Located in the heart of Port Credit, Roc’n Docs features live music every night of the week and is a staple in the live music scene in Mississauga. The venue has made it onto a number of Top 5 lists, including best patio, top Port Credit bars and more. The resto’s main level is equipped with a stage and the second level boasts one of the best roof top patios the city has to offer. This casual restaurant offers a menu of pub-style eats, a variety of cocktails and beer.

3 - Koo Koo Chicken

Koo Koo Chicken is located in the No Frills plaza at Creditview and Bristol. It specializes in Taiwanese-style fried chicken and has one of the best logos I have ever seen. First off, any place that has bubble tea as the drink option for your combo is awesome. When you come in, you have to order at a counter and then take a seat that they sort of assign to you (or at least that's what happened to me!). The girls at the counter were very friendly and patient, as this was my first Koo Koo experience. We ordered the Chicken Steak Combo, which included a chicken steak, fries and bubble tea. They made the Taiwanese-style fried chicken as soon as I ordered -- no hot lamps here! The combo was better than I expected. As you can see from the picture above, they give you a basket full of chicken and it is absolutely delicious. There's already so much flavour, but they also give you the option of sprinkling extra spices on your chicken, such as curry, pepper and one simply called Spicy. Surprisingly, the chicken wasn't that greasy. The fries were good and the taro bubble tea with tapioca made it a perfect combo.

2 - Door FiftyFive

Imagine you've been whisked away to a Queen West bar. Since it opened just over two weeks ago, this place has been crazy. Even on weeknights, when other bars in the area are dead, this place is busting at the seams with people and with good reason. Get ready to be amazed. Every aspect of this place — including the space and menu — has been designed with the utmost thought to detail. Although the food menu is only about five per cent of entire menu (there are only 13 items), you will find interesting takes on southern classics, such as chicken and waffles, Rub Me the Right Way beef brisket, Boars Gone Wild smoked sausage, bison chipotle frank, blackened shrimp and gumbo cheddar grits and the boss platter (BBQ sampler platter). All of meat is smoked with SmokinLicious' cherry wood and sugar maple wood chips, which "gives a nice sweetness to meat."

1 - Carinderia

Carinderia is a new Filipino restaurant that specializes in authentic Filipino cuisine - a concept created by owner and local resident Dolly Flores. Carinderia is defined as an eatery that sells native home cooked meals. The restaurant is unique for serving authentic Filipino cuisine, including native sweet delicacies - sweets Flores defines as authentic Filipino desserts - with pre-Spanish and pre-Chinese influences. Everything from the sauces to the ingredients for a popular Filipino frozen treat called halo-halo are all made from scratch by her team of chefs who have worked in kitchens in Israel and California. The menu is categorized into various sections including merienda (a light meal, typically enjoyed late in the afternoon in the Philippines), iced dessert & parfait, kakanin (native sweet delicacies), smoked/grilled/BBQ, soup, fiesta (dishes typically reserved for weekends or special occasions in the Philippines), gulay (vegetables), isda (fish and seafood) and spicy dishes.

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5 Hottest Restaurants in Mississauga - Oct 31 to Nov 6

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