Top 5 Oldest Restaurants in Mississauga
Can you guess what the oldest restaurants in Mississauga are? The answers might surprise you, but regardless of whether or not you’ve spent countless hours in these vintage joints or haven’t yet experienced them, you know that a long-running restaurant that survives the test of time has something special to offer.
Here are the longest running independent restaurants in Mississauga:
5 - La Castile (Established 1968)
La Castile is located on Dundas East, just footsteps from the Etobicoke border. It’s a massive castle-like restaurant with flaming pots on the outside wall. Once you step in, you see how massive this place is, as it seats 240 people in a triple-tier dining room. The website’s description is most apt: “enormous chandeliers, huge cross beam ceiling timbers, massive wood railings and flowing stairways that lead to all dining levels combine to create a distinctive dining experience steeped in tradition.” You can feast with friends at a round table for eight or dine romantically at an intimate table for two. The food is also on point. For dinner, you can try the steak and lobster plate with broiled and hand-selected sirloin and lobster tails. Bonus: you are almost always guaranteed leftovers, as the portions are massive.
4 - Orchard Family Restaurant - (Established 1965)
Orchard Family Restaurant is a 50-year-old local Mississauga landmark that has been around since before Mississauga was even a city and is very popular with the locals. It is your typical greasy spoon diner that is quick and cheap, except on Sundays when the line-ups can extend out the door. It almost feels like you stepped into the past into “Mel’s Diner” with its 50s-style layout and gum-chomping fixtures (aka waitresses). You can rely on this greasy spoon for all your quick and dirty favourites like bacon and eggs and sausages and pancakes. If you are looking for a healthy breakfast dish, keep looking because you won’t find it here. A great cure for a hangover at a very reasonable price - and the portions are hefty.
3 - Cooksville Fish and Chips (Established 1964)
This place has been around for 51 years! If you blink, you’ll miss it because it’s not even on a major road. Even though the address says Dundas, it’s actually off a side street. This place is a hole in the wall with mismatched seats and tables, but one thing is for sure — they know how to cook good fish and chips and have been doing it since the plaza opened 50 years ago. Just to put this in perspective, this place was built before Mississauga became a city. It was built before Hazel became the mayor of said city. Check it out.
2 - C & Dubbs Hamburgers - (Established 1962)
On the east side of Dundas is an old-school burger joint that has been around since 1962 even though it’s only stood for 10 years in its current location. They occupied the house beside their current location before that. C & Dubbs’ claim to fame is being in the Adam Sandler flick Billy Madison. It’s in the pickle racing scene on the window panes. This place is old-school and I love it. This place is actually run by two brothers whose father started working there in 1967. Now the father and sons run the place together.
1 - Dairy Cream (Established 1958)
When this place was first built this area was cottage country. Dairy Cream is an iconic dessert spot, occupying the same Lakeshore turf in Port Credit for over 50 years (it opened in April of 1958). An independent fast food dessert resto that functions as a hot spot for Sauga natives of all ages, Dairy Cream has more than stood the test of time — it’s achieved near legendary status. This place is as old as or older than your parents, so show some respect and give it a try if you haven’t yet. The resto can also attribute its long life to an ever-evolving menu that stays on trend. Dairy Cream offers yogurt smoothies, flurries, frozen yogurt, funnel cakes and Belgian waffle dishes — items that satisfy both old school customers who go all out and order meal-sized sundaes and the fitness crowd who feels less guilty ordering a smoothie.
Country Fish and Chips (42 years)
Don’t blink — because if you do, you will pass Country Fish & Chips when heading east on Lakeshore from HWY 10 in Port Credit. Henry, the current owner, is a second generation fish and chip-taur. When you first walk into this place, you can tell they have spent a little more time on the interior of the restaurant. It’s so cute inside and if there’s a “look” for a fish and chip shop, this is it. The place looked familiar. I asked Henry if it was renovated recently and he mentioned that they were on Restaurant Makeover. This place has been around for 41 years and I can tell you that they will be around for another 50 if they keep serving the fish and chips they do. Delicious!
Cagney’s - (41 years)
Gus and the late Tom Lassos established Cagney’s Casual Family Dining restaurant in 1974. It’s an iconic Mississauga landmark and a Streetsville gem that’s home to their famed signature Caesar salad. It was also a hot spot in its heyday and at one point had a nightclub on the lower level. Forty years later, Alexander Lassos (Gus’s son) has taken the reins and used his lifetime of experience in the family business to develop a completely new dining concept. Five months and about $1.2 million dollars later, Alexander’s dream restaurant is complete: Cagneys Restaurant and Winebar.
Zet’s Restaurant - (40 years)
The first thought to my mind when seeing Zet’s and it’s ‘Open 24 HR’ sign is to keep driving. The exterior definitely doesn’t do this greasy spoon any justice but with over 40 years under it’s belt, this family run business must be doing something right. Located on Dixon Rd. right by Mississauga’s airport, this spot has a loyal following of diners from local businesses and airport staff. Zet’s predominant meat menu has Souvlaki, charbroiled burgers, chicken, peameal sandwiches, gyros and is also known for their all day breakfast. The $7.95 breakfast special comes with 2 eggs, a choice of bacon, ham or sausage, home fries and toast but if you’re really hungry you can opt for the 10oz. New York Steak & Eggs. You will also find a Polish sausage and egg breakfast as well as a peameal bacon and egg sandwich and a number of other options.
Wally’s - (38 years)
Wally’s Family Restaurant, located minutes away from the Square One area, is one of the best and most well known greasy spoons. With the orange seat covers adorning orange vinyl seats, this place is old school. You can get breakfast and dinner as well, but this time we went for lunch to have one of their classic dishes — the Wally’s hamburger and fries. This is one of the only greasy spoons that has a patio.
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