Here are the 5 hottest restaurants in Brampton for the week of September 15 to 21, based on the amount of organic page views and searches these restaurants received on inbrampton.com.
Jake’s Boathouse is one of Brampton’s oldest restaurants. The legendary ocean-themed bar has been a mainstay in Brampton’s nightlife scene since 1979, when they opened on Bramsteele Road, and according to their website, “beer came in stubby bottles, a Leafs ticket (in the “Greys”) cost $6 and nobody in Brampton had ever heard of Chicken Wings!” Jake’s moved to their tucked away First Gulf and Biscayne location in 1994, specializing mainly in seafood, American dishes, and British pub grub, and outdoing a lot of restaurants in Brampton with their ribs and burgers. Live music has been a draw to Jake’s since they opened, and it’s still a happening spot for good food and good times. The first time I went, I was shocked at its size – Jake’s doesn’t look like a large establishment from the outside – but it’s very welcoming and comfortable inside with an extensive menu and drink specials to boot. Try the buffalo chicken wrap – the chicken is crispy, tangy, has a kick of spice, there’s a good amount of cheese, and the fries are its perfect compliment.
Here’s the deal – I love bread, and that makes the Grainery near Kennedy and Steeles my own little slice of heaven. Now that that’s out of the way, the Grainery has an abundance of delicious soup offerings, with different, fresh soups daily! In total, the Grainery boasts a whopping 15 different soups, stews, and chilis throughout the week, including beef stew, broccoli and cheese, Italian wedding, tomato bisque, minestrone, chicken noodle, and even chicken gumbo – shall I go on? You can choose your size, small, medium, or large, for well under $5, except for their large stew which rings in at $5.39. All of their options are to-go, and shown below is their delicious chicken gumbo, which you can get on Thursdays. The gumbo has chicken, roce, celery, red pepper, onion, and even jalapeno – this one is for those who have a spice tolerance! As many options as they have and as delicious and cheap as their soup is, however, their chicken gumbo could have used way more chicken in it. The veggies and broth were done so, so right, though, and the staff is always helpful and kind.
3. Gusto Pizzaria
Gusto sits at the corner of Main and Church in downtown Brampton, and they’ll show you how to make a calzone. No, really, they roll and toss the dough where you can see it, so you can watch your beautiful calzone begin to come to life. Their dough is homemade, they have a decent cheese-to-sauce ratio, and they boast fresh sauce and fresh veggies. Gusto also has a wide variety of meat toppings like regular or beef salami, mild or hot Italian sausage, prosciutto, and ground beef, which is great for meat lovers. It’s about a 20-minute wait for one of their ‘zones which cost $7.90 each plus 75 cents per topping. Gusto’s calzones are best eaten right out of the oven while they’re hot and the cheese is still gooey.
Quick service, large portions, and possibly the best hot sauce on this list – Portas Do Mar took Martin’s BBQ’s place in a plaza on Main St., and while we miss Martin’s, Portas Do Mar is a pretty awesome spot itself. At this Portuguese bar and grill, you get a choice of white or dark meat, plus rice and potatoes, for a steeper price of $12 compared to other spots on this list, but the food is delicious. The hot sauce is tangy and has an incredible kick to it, so make sure you pour that stuff over everything, the potatoes have a thin outer layer that just melts when you pop them in our mouth, and the rice have a unique lemon flavour to them. As for the chicken, the skin is flavourful and and the meat is tender. The best part? Service here is very quick, especially for take-out. You could be in and out in well under 10 minutes.
Cookie monsters, rejoice — the number one spot on this list goes to Occasions, tucked away in a plaza at McMurchy and Nelson. Sure, their “cube cakes” (cupcakes shaped like cubes) are already incredible, but have you ever tried their freshly baked cookies? These little bites of heaven come in packages or individually, and there are typically a few different kinds available, including chocolate chip, white chocolate cheesecake, cranberry oatmeal, and pea “not” butter (yay for peanut allergy-friendly!).. I snagged the white chocolate ones and oh my goodness, softest cookies I’ve ever had. These buttery, sweet cookies are delectable, packed with white chocolate chips, and while they’re on the sweeter side, they’ll leave you craving more. Nomnomnom-worthy indeed.