Top 5 Hottest Restaurants in Mississauga: Dec 30 - Jan 4


Here are the 5 hottest restaurants in Mississauga for the week of Dec 30 - Jan 5, based on the amount of organic page views and searches these restaurants received on

5) Bamboo Legend

Bamboo Legend is one of our favourite local Thai restos based on a combination of taste, atmosphere and service. The restaurant is a family-run business that originated in Mississauga and now boasts several locations. The menu is simply laid out and organized into categories and offers chicken, beef, shrimp, chicken and shrimp, seafood, or vegetable and tofu as the protein for each dish. The Thai names of the dishes are also listed on the menu, so you get a perfectly authentic dining experience that pairs both taste and atmosphere perfectly.

4) Emerald Chinese Restaurant

Emerald Chinese Restaurant has a lot going for it. The selection is wonderful, the servers are helpful, the space is plentiful and the location perfect (if not a little confusing, but more on that later). Almost always packed on weekends, Emerald is popular for a reason. Once you realize you need to enter the Eglinton building from Hurontario, it’s easy enough to find. You won’t have trouble finding a parking spot, and with the resto located at a major intersection just steps away from Square One, you can easily make your way there by bus. The carts are constantly coming, and you can choose from a wide selection of steamed, pan-fried, deep-fried and congee dishes. The lotus leaf-wrapped sticky rice is exceptional, with massive, flavourful chunks of sausage embedded in the starchy treat. The interior is that of a classic Chinese restaurant, complete with colourful dragons and hanging lanterns.

3) 17 Steakhouse and Bar

17 Steakhouse and Bar was one of the most impressive new openings of 2015. Millions were spent redesigning the majestic 32,000 sq. ft. space filled with over the top features such as a gorgeous oversized freshwater aquarium filled with a colourful array of African cichlid fish that’s visible from both the main bar and one of the two private dining rooms. The menu includes a number of U.S., Ontario and Alberta prime cuts of beef, including the tenderloin, strip loin, prime T-bone, porterhouse and tomahawk. You will also find Japanese A5 wagyu and a reasonably priced American flat iron wagyu at $40 for 8 oz. Other options include oysters, ahi tuna, seared scallops, tempura shrimp, fish options, salads, duck confit, bison tenderloin, risotto, chicken, braised back ribs, charcuterie board, calamari and a seafood tower.

2) Reds Wine Tavern

When Reds opened up in December, it was already a well-oiled machine--and for good reason, it was opening in Square One in the midst of the year’s busiest shopping season. Reds Wine Tavern, an upscale-casual restaurant with two Toronto locations, offers a wealth of from-scratch menu items, including bread, ground-in-house burgers and homemade apple pie. As far as food goes, the resto sets itself apart with an enticing brunch menu that features hibiscus bellinis, pancakes and lobster avocado toast. Those in the mood for libations can also create their very own gin and tonics. The restaurant also has a strong lunch and dinner game, offering diners lobster grilled cheese sandwiches, truffle fries, burgers, salmon bibimbap, butter chicken, roast chicken, 20 oz ribeye steaks, fresh fish and more. Reds also offers homemade butter tarts (delicious) and flaky, decadent apple pie.

1) 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.

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