Battle Results! Best Calamari Battle: Mississauga Vs. Oakville
Have you been in the mood for exceptional calamari and haven’t been quite sure where to go to get it? Since there is no shortage of selection in the GTA, the choice as to where to dine can be a tough one--especially when places that serve great calamari are plentiful across cities.
So, where do you go when you need some fried or steamed squid in your life?
When it come to great calamari, every ingredient counts. Is the batter nice and crispy? If steamed or grilled, is the squid tender and not rubbery? Is the dipping sauce savoury and on-point?
Both Mississauga and Oakville are known for their respective food scenes and both offer a ton of commendable calamari choices--but only one city can have the absolute best hotspots.
What places were competing?
Mississauga has some choice hotspots for the timeless classic, including the iconic and longstanding Piatto Bistro, the popular and ever-growing Goodfellas, the casual Meadowvale hotspot Union Social, the long-standing Clarkson Mediterranean Bistro and our number one pick, the beloved Fred's Bar and Grill (which is known for its calamari).
Oakville, a small but sophisticated town with an enviable food scene, offers a ton of options when it comes to calamari. Some hot spots to check out? The casual and reliably delicious Tavolo, the popular and traditional Pasquale's Trattoria, the Cineplex-plaza located Trattoria Timone, the glamorous and high-end Cucci and our number one pick, the quaint and cozy Piazza Bistro. You can't really go wrong with any of these joints when you want to start a meal with some great calamari.
We asked you which city has the best calamari and you voted.
Here are the results!
On the website:
And on Instagram
On the website, Oakville beat out Mississauga, but it looks like Instagram users sided with Mississauga by a fairly striking margin—76 per cent to 24 per cent.
What city do you visit when you're in the mood for some calamari?