Mississauga was a suburb of neighboring city Toronto that grew until it became one of the largest cities in Ontario. After its explosive growth, Mississauga has started to cultivate an enviable restaurant scene – here are the best places to eat.
Holy Smokez BBQ
Restaurant, Sandwich Shop, South American, BBQ, American, $$$
This southern-American-style restaurant specializes in real hickory-smoked meats. The menu features pulled pork, beef brisket, pulled chicken, and more — all of which are smoked and hand-pulled on site. The family-owned restaurant has a welcoming feel, and the owners like to get to know their customers. The food and atmosphere are authentically southern. Try a generously portioned smoky pulled pork sandwich served with just the right amount of sauce.
Union Social Eatery is a casual restaurant and a special spot in the neighborhood community. The owners work hard to exceed their customers’ expectations — and their tasty menu, fully stocked bar, and professional service do just that. The simple dishes on the menu are made with fresh, quality ingredients. Head chef Mike Rame is the creative genius behind the food at Union Social, and he butchers his own steaks and seafood each day. Try the house-braised short rib firecrackers made with pepper jack cheese, cream cheese, grilled Bermuda onions, cremini mushrooms, and sweet chili sauce. Or, fill up on the Cease & Desist Burger, which is topped with braised short rib, house-smoked cheddar, caramelized onions, and Union Social’s special sauce, served with the tagline ‘so good it’s almost criminal.’ This small chain has three locations.
Owners Jessica and chef Nico opened Mondello in 2008 after years of dreaming of owning a top restaurant in the city. The two are committed to impressing guests with their delicious food and top-notch hospitality. Nico, a native of Naples, Italy, was inspired by his mother’s authentic home cooking. He operates Mondello’s kitchen using her traditional techniques, like curing his own meats and baking his own bread. Try one of the restaurant’s genuine Italian dishes, like funghi selvaggio,a risotto made with cremini, porcini, Portobello and honey mushrooms, truffle, cream and parmigiano. The anatra ripienais another great selection — stuffed duck breast made with roasted peppers, ricotta, asiago, arugula, butternut squash and more.
Craving a taste of authentic fish and chips? Mississauga Marketplace Fish & Chips is a fantastic, reasonably priced spot to find the classic British dish. Guests have an option of haddock, cod, halibut, salmon, or daily specials. The chosen fresh fish is battered and fried to a perfect crisp and is served alongside a portion of crisp fries, a dollop of creamy tartar sauce and coleslaw. The marketplace gives out generous portions with friendly and quick service.
Visit The Cold Pressery for organic, cold press juices and light vegan bites. Owners Jenny Le and Sivonn Ra opened this establishment to provide a space in Mississauga that promotes a healthy lifestyle in a friendly atmosphere. The ambiance of the restaurant is relaxed and earthy. Try one of the specialty cold press juices, pressurized fruits and vegetables that retain higher levels of nutrients than traditional juicing methods. Try the vitamin-packed Kalefornia, made with kale, cucumber, pineapple, pears and honey. As for food, The Cold Pressery specializes in healthy options, like the jalapeño bean tacos or the TLT sandwich, a BLT where the bacon is substituted with BBQ tofu.
Raw Aura is a great place to find fine, healthy dining. This restaurant aims to serve delicious, nutritious, and environmentally friendly versions of familiar foods. The chefs are proud to use 100% raw ingredients, meaning no dish is heated above 43 degrees Celsius, or 105 degrees Fahrenheit. Using this method, Raw Aura’s food retains the most vitamins and minerals. Whenever possible, Raw Aura sources organic and sustainably harvested produce. Try the Miso Me Please, a large bowl of miso blend, kale, kelp noodles and more, or the yellow coconut curry noodles made with yellow curry, cashews, pineapple, red pepper and more, tossed over zucchini noodles.
Self-described as one of Mississauga’s top fine-dining destinations, Piatto Bistro has been in the community for nearly 25 years. The Italian restaurant is inviting with an elegant feel. The fresh cuisine is made from high-quality ingredients and designed for all occasions. Piatto’s executive chef Abramo Tonelli was born in Argentina but his parents were Italian. While he was young he moved to Italy, where he eventually studied cooking and worked his way up to a top chef position. The restaurant’s huge collection of wines is on display for customers, and the knowledgable and friendly staff will help you find a great pairing to go with your meal.
Bar, Restaurant, Cocktails, American, Canadian, $$$
Enjoy whiskey, beer, bourbon, and great food at Door FiftyFive — a local bar with a stringent focus on ‘elevating cocktails and beer.’ The restaurant is littered with reclaimed, old whiskey barrels and 100-year-old parts bins, giving it a vintage, rustic feel. Along with dark spirits and craft beer, the kitchen serves Southern-inspired comfort food. Main dishes include selections like blackened shrimp, gumbo cheddar grits and chicken and waffles. The extensive drinks menu contains a huge number of new and classic cocktails and nearly 50 types of beer, so it’s worth checking it out before you arrive.
Located in central Mississauga, this sophisticated but comfortable gastropub hopes to bring people together through tasty, artfully presented food and drinks. The concept is simple: classic dishes prepared with contemporary tastes. For an entrée, try the seafood linguini rustica — handmade egg dough linguini, tiger shrimp, lobster, mussels, tomatoes, capers, oregano, olive oil—or the Canadian burger — Wilcox chuck, smoked aioli, peameal bacon, berry compote, white cheddar, frisee, and maple onions served on a homemade brioche bun with fresh-cut fries. The Wilcox Gastropub is the perfect place to try some quality poutine, a Canadian dish of fresh-cut fries, topped with cheese curds and light gravy.
Peter’s on Eglinton is a comfortable, casual deli and restaurant serving an extensive menu of moderately priced food. The cuisine ranges from breakfast omelets to pork souvlaki (skewered and char-broiled meat), to a wide selection of seafood, meats and pasta dishes. The dining area has an old-timey feel that will put anyone at ease when combined with the comforting classic dishes. This restaurant has been present in the community for a long time, and guests are fond of the generous portions and friendly service. The expansive interior is always packed at lunchtime.