5 Hottest Restaurants in Mississauga: Sept 24 - Sept 30

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Here are the 5 hottest restaurants in Mississauga for the week of Sept. 24 to Sept. 30, based on the amount of organic page views and searches the restaurants received on insauga.com.

5) The Wilcox

The Wilcox Gastropub is located on the corner of Hurontario and Eglinton and is situated in the Wilcox House - one of Mississauga’s oldest Heritage Homes. It features Greek and Gothic detailing and was built by Amos and Charles Wilcox in 1850. It serves everything, including pork sliders, poutine, Scotch egg, ceviche, cassava frites, braised short ribs, an 18oz bone-in rib eye steak and confit of duck leg. One of their signature dishes is called The Wilcox Burger and it doesn't disappoint. The beef is ground daily and the resto actually bakes their brioche buns. Now that’s dedication!

4) Corner by Spoon and Fork

Corner is a cafe that offers a casual dining experience in a contemporary space and offers a global menu that caters to a wide variety of palates. The concept, by Spoon & Fork, is the brand's first quick-service restaurant. The popular brand is a family run business, well known for their contribution to the Asian restaurant scene, having started their first Japanese restaurant called Prince Japanese Steakhouse back in 1996. Corner's Asian and European menu includes a wide variety of options that include freshly baked pastries (croissants, scones, muffins, brownies, donuts, Danishes and cinnamon buns); sushi burritos, desserts (French macarons, tarts, cupcakes, cakes); all day breakfast (benedict's, omelettes, breakfast sandwiches, pancakes, French toast) and sushi trays (made fresh daily and on-site). The Mum Bowl is a fun Thai-inspired dish where you can mix and match over 50 different ingredient options to create your own personalized dish.

3) 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.

2) 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.

1) 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.

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