Top 5 Family Restaurants in Mississauga
The million dollar question is where to eat with the family. It's hard to find a place that will make everyone happy, including your little ones and the wifey (and you, of course). You need a change from the regular big box restaurants like Jack's and Boston Pizza and an actual family has not set foot in Wally's and Orchard Family Restaurants since the 1970s.
After searching high and low with my son, I have compiled the top five family restaurants that will satisfy your family needs when it comes to eating out.
5 - Bobby's Hideaway
A nice and colourful place for the family is Bobby's Hideaway in Streetsville (the resto also has a location in Port Credit). With dishes like the 1/2 pounder, Big Bobby, Weekender and Steak & Eggs, you can count on Bobby's Hideaway to offer meaty, full-sized breakfast meals that are rich in protein along with all of the heavy carbohydrates to match it. During the day you will find everything, including veal parmesan, ribs, souvlaki, steak, seafood, pasta, smoked meat and all-day breakfast. As your kids are looking at the caricatures on the wall while eating their fingers and fries, you can be having the Weekender.
Located on the corner of Eglinton and Tomken is a place that you've passed by hundreds of times called Peter's on Eglinton. When you first walk in you, can't help but think that this is what all restaurants looked like in high-end hotels in the 70s. A quick scan of this place and it's obvious it's geared towards an older audience, and low and behold, Hazel McCallion was having her dinner in the booth next to me. I did see a lot of families here and why not? This place is very nice inside, spacious and the food is oh so good!
From delicious sweets to shawarma to massive BBQ meat platters, this place is great for a family dinner out. All the meat is cooked in-house on a charcoal grill (and it moves fast, as this place is very busy) so it's so moist it melts in your mouth. With three locations in Mississauga, these guys are everywhere. The Erin Mills location even has a playground for the kids so you can eat while the kids go crazy.
2 - Union Social
This place is a great alternative to Jack Astor's or Boston Pizza if you usually go there with the family. Located in the northwest end of Mississauga by the huge Royal Bank building off the 401, this place is a non-chain restaurant called Union Social Eatery. The restaurant has an airy, open concept feel with a bar lined with large flat-screen TVs that sits center stage. The lounge area is to the right and the dining area to the left. Our waiter was very helpful and knowledgeable and explained that everything is made in-house, including their signature sauces, in-house smoked wings and hand-cut Yukon Gold fries. You know a place is doing well when they open up their first location in Mississauga and then expand into Toronto. Usually it's the other way around. They are doing something right along with dishing out good food!
1 - Muddy Duck
Nothing beats the good ol' family dinner offered at this traditional Family restaurant! Located just footsteps away from the Toronto border on Dundas is a classic gem that serves homemade comfort food called The Muddy Duck. This place has been around since 1978, so you know they are doing something right. This place has really old-school homey decor that's perfect for a casual family meal or low-key business lunch. They have a very popular breakfast buffet on the weekends and an Italian buffet every Friday. They also have huge portions. The dish we tried was the Schnitzel a la Duck and you can see by the picture that it was really enough for two people and was absolutely delicious.