Best Calamari Battle: Mississauga vs. Oakville

Published April 20, 2018 at 6:43 pm


There is no battle more serious and important than the battle between two cities vying to be recognized as the best place to go for exceptional calamari.

We at and have searched far and wide for the best fried and grilled squid in both cities and our Top 5 picks are about to battle it out—and you can vote on your favourite in the poll below.

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.

So, here’s a look at each city’s best spots on our signature Top 5 lists on and 

Which one would you prefer to chow down on tonight?


Top 5 Calamari Dishes in Mississauga

When you’re looking for that perfect app, you’re looking for the calamari. 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). While Fred’s is our proud number one pick, all of the places will leave you more than satisfied when you’re in the mood for a truly tasty app.


Top 5 Calamari Dishes in Oakville

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.

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