Top 5 biggest new openings of 2020 in Mississauga
Hungry? The city has got you covered—even during a global pandemic.
Every year, Mississauga welcomes hot new restaurants to its ever-growing food scene and there were some highly-anticipated new openings in 2020. Although the COVID-19 pandemic forced restaurants to close their indoor dining rooms for most of the year (with lockdown expected to last into 2021), many places opened their doors for their first-time and kept diners satisfied with takeout and delivery meals.
From vegan-focused eateries to trendy breweries and popular BBQ joints, Mississauga welcomed a slew of new food spots this year.
Here's a look at the most popular new openings of 2020, based on the amount of organic page views the opening stories generated on insauga.com.
5) La Diperie
La Diperie, which boasts multiple locations in Ontario and Quebec (as well as one in Calgary), opened a new location on Queen St. S. in Streetsville in the summer. The shop, which produces a ton of Instagram-worthy desserts, offers soft-serve ice cream with a range of toppings (think Oreo, maple fudge, Skor bits, Belgian chocolate dip, sprinkles, coconut, almond and more), hard ice cream, donuts, Cheesecake Factory cheesecakes, Cheesecake Factory cupcakes, ice cream cakes, layered cakes, cookies, crepes and more. The shop also offers lattes and hot chocolates.
4) Gyu Kaku
Gyu Kaku, which operates numerous locations in the U.S. and nine in Canada, has opened its Mississauga restaurant at 105 Burnhamthorpe West (across the street from Square One). The restaurant serves a selection of premium meats which are grilled over an open flame, including their best-selling cut of meat: the harami miso skirt steak, which is aged 21 days to increase both tenderness and flavour. Their extensive menu also features rice bowls, ramen & garlic noodles, customizable bento, and a variety of appetizers including steamed chilli dumplings, black pepper wings, and spring rolls.
3) Big Rig Kitchen and Brewery
This year, Big Rig Kitchen and Brewery took over the old Three Brewers location at Heartland Town Centre. Big Rig, which operates another resto in Ottawa, is also an award-winning brewer that recently received three medals--two gold, one silver--at the Canadian Brewer awards. In June 2019, the brand welcomed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and former U.S. President Barack Obama to the brewery for some “iconic beers.” The menu features a smokehouse section with a variety of dishes such as brisket, ribs, pulled pork and smoked meatloaf. The resto also serves chicken tenders, nachos, tacos, sticky pork belly bites, poutine, pasta, fried chicken, fish and chips, pad Thai, butter chicken, jambalaya, burgers, salads, pizza, steak, sandwiches and more.
2) Huevos Gourmet
This year, an incredibly popular Etobicoke brunch spot moved to Port Credit in Mississauga. Huevos Gourmet, which pairs the "warmth of a Mexican family and the allure of the Parisian passion," offers the best huevos rancheros in the GTA (and possibly in Canada). Along with huevos rancheros (which is made all the more special with a heaping helping of chorizo on top), the restaurant also serves a ton of Eggs Benedict dishes (including a Mexican Benedict and a taco benedict), Mexican omelettes, breakfast burritos, crepes, French toast and more. The restaurant also serves lunch dishes (such as a chicken chipotle sandwich, nachos, ceviche and daily tacos) and dessert (including, of course, churros). It also offers a ton of smoothies and cocktails.
Fresh Restaurants, a popular vegan chain that boasts locations in Toronto and Los Angeles, just opened a brand new 2,700 square foot location in the Eglinton and Hurontario area. According to the company, Fresh Hurontario will be Fresh’s first dine-in location in the GTA and the first location of any kind in Mississauga. The new location offers streamlined pickup and delivery with separate entrances for delivery orders vs takeout/dine-in. As far as food goes, the new location boasts such brand staples as buffalo cauliflower and quinoa onion rings, as well as a line of plant-based pizzas that are exclusive to Mississauga store. The menu also boasts plant-based toasts and flatbreads, pizza, tacos, bowls, burgers, wraps, salads, desserts, cold-pressed juice, power shakes and smoothies.
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