Top 5 “I’M HUNGRY” food gems in Mississauga


If your stomach is rumbling for food, there are more options in Mississauga than meets the eye. If you dig in the nooks and crannies of Sauga, you might find gems that are hidden that locals rarely know about or visit. These might not be the fanciest of places, they might not have the biggest marketing budget or even have the nicest atmosphere, but trust me, once you get there and eat, you won’t care a bit. These are the “I’m hungry food gems” in Mississauga:

5 . The Hot Dog stand outside of Canadian Tire at Winston Churchill and Dundas.

You might be wondering why a hot dog stand might be on this list, but the line ups of people for this stand does not lie. Jimmy the hot dog guy gives you not only one full sausage, but he gives you another HALF to fill up those huge industrial size hot dog buns (as seen above). One and a half sausages! Who else does that? People have made it a point just to go to that Canadian Tire for these hotdogs even if they live on the east side of Mississauga. It is the best deal you are going to get for under $3.

Try: $2 Hot Dog, $3 Sausages

4. Mississauga Flea Market Food Court

The place is called the International Food Court, and let me tell you, this is the United Nations of fabulous fast foods! When you first enter this area, you're welcomed with some reggae music,  so you get your groove on as you walk around. The music is courtesy of the Caribbean/jerk chicken stand which has damn good jerk chicken. You will find food from Colombia, Japan, India, the Philippines, the Middle East, Afghanistan, the West Indies, China and Peru. And don’t worry, there are hot dogs and pizza for the less adventurous. The only drawback is that they are only open on the weekends.

Try: Puff Pastry Samosas or Afghani Samosas

3. Jessie’s

I have a feeling that once I let this secret out, the regulars are going to be pissed off. Jessie’s is a legendary spot that I only just discovered despite the fact that it’s been around since 1981. It’s located in an industrial plaza and Kennedy and Matheson and it boasts huge lunchtime lineups, and for good reason. The food is legendary and the owner is a personable guy with a distinctly unique sense of humor that you have to be ready for.  

When you order a smoked meat sandwich, you watch that meat being sliced and put on rye right in front of your eyes. We ordered the most popular dish on the chalkboard menu: the chicken souvlaki dinner. It did not disappoint, as you can probably tell by the picture. This place does not accept debit or credit, to be sure to have cash on you. In fact, the owner’s famous sense of humor emerged when two girls asked if he took debit and he responded by saying, “what’s debit? I have no idea what that is. I don’t know that technology.” 

Try: Chicken Souvlaki Dinner

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.

Try: Chicken Souvlaki Dinner

1. Dixie Park

This place is the wonderland of Asian food courts in Mississauga. Located in the back of the Dixie Park mall, the price, selection and quantity of food you get is like no other. There is a choice of Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese and Chinese for you to choose from. This isn’t the typical Square One Asian food court eating place we are talking about. We are talking about hundreds of dishes to choose from at any one place. Each one of these places also offers a catering service.  So, for $5 to $10, you can buy something for lunch and have left over’s for breakfast the next day. Food is quick and seats go fast so get there before noon.

Try: #1 Unagi Bento Box from Arigato

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