Top 5 Hottest Restaurants in Mississauga: March 29-April 5

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Here are the 5 hottest restaurants in Mississauga for the week of March 30-April 5, based on the amount of organic page views and searches these restaurants received on insauga.com.


5) Border MX

This authentic Mexican place has garnered a lot of attention since it opened because Mississauga doesn't have many Mexican joints like it. The chef is from Mexico, so she knows her stuff and makes truly authentic dishes in her Mexican kitchen. The menu offers traditional Mexican dishes, including fajitas, tamales, flautas and pork carnitas. Friday and Saturday nights are reserved for Chef Rico's regional Mexican specials such as Tongue Tacos (self-explanatory) and Pozole (a soup made of pork or chicken broth with hominy and other garnishes). The somewhat newly-opened Streetsville resto benefits from prime spot in one of the city's best neighbourhoods, friendly service and a reliably delicious menu.


4) Jing Thai

Jing Thai is a family-owned business and has been a Streetsville gem since 2004. The word jing in Thai means “true,” making the literal translation of the resto name “True Thai.” The restaurant is a quaint, white-linen tablecloth establishment without the fine dining prices. The street side portion of the restaurant is a small area lined with windows that gets filtered sunlight shining through in the afternoon. I ordered the red curry chicken. The dish comes in a red curry coconut sauce with carrots, broccoli and green beans. The flavour was good and the chicken serving generous. I also tried the pad Thai beef, which I couldn’t stop eating. The flavour was balanced and not overly acidic and it was served with bean sprouts, tofu, green onions and topped with crushed peanuts. Jing Thai is a romantic little spot that serves good Thai food.


3) Udupi Madras Cafe

You'd be forgiven if you said you'd never heard of this tucked-away gem on Enfield Place, right behind the Sussex Centre. It's not visible from the street, but its central location and unique menu brimming with Southern Indian vegetarian cuisine puts this pleasant finding high on our list of must-visit Indian restos. The cafe, intimate and decorated in dark, rich hues, offers diners the chance to sample medu vada (a sort of savory doughnut), various dosas (crepe-like wraps) and South Indian Thali, a mini five-course meal served with a pickle, pappad, yogurt, buttermilk, sambar, rasam, poriyal, dal or kootu, gravy, rice of the day, white rice, chapati or poori and the dessert of the day. The Thali is served on a round platter with rice in the center and, despite sounding overwhelming, isn't too much for one person to finish. Diners looking for an even more authentic experience can enjoy a masala chai (tea) after their meal. The fair price point, attentive service and highly customizable menu (you can specify spice, oil and texture level for dosas) makes this inconspicuous vegetarian resto more than worth the search.


2) Peter's on Eglinton

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 with huge portions.


1) The Port House Social Bar & Kitchen

You know how the old saying goes--when one door closes, another one opens. In this case, the closure of long-standing restobar Ten Restaurant + Wine Bar led to the opening of the brand Port House Social Bar and Kitchen. Recently, the “premium casual” restaurant and lounge opened its doors and is now offering a fairly extensive wine, cocktail and dine-in menu. In terms of beverages, the resto boasts a healthy cocktail list and a decent assortment of on tap beer, including Shock Top and Goose Island IPA. As far as wine goes, the offerings are extensive (as they should be). Vino aficionados can sip on Kim Crawford’s New Zealand Pinot Noir, Argentine Malbecs, Italian Pinot Grigios and more. As far as food goes, the resto offers calamari, hot Korean wings, tuna poke wontons, a variety of pizzas, signature burgers, salmon, fish and chips, gnocchi rose, a $139 Tomahawk steak dinner for two and more. The spacious and stylish resto will no doubt fill the void left by Ten.

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