Top 5 Cheat Meals in Brampton


Is there a greater feeling than biting into something you’ve been avoiding because you’re trying to get into shape? There’s nothing like a cheat meal that satisfies a craving you've been thinking about while trying to get past your last set of squats. Whether it's once a week or if you're really disciplined, once a month, saving up for a chance to indulge is only superseded by that first delicious bite. From a hint of ‘breakfast for dinner’ to the biggest sandwich you’ll lay eyes on locally, here are the top 5 cheat meals in Brampton.

5) Gusto Pizzaria

Pizza will always satisfy a craving but when you throw on toppings like these, it's a whole new ball game. This family-run pizzeria in the heart of downtown Brampton has mastered the art of pizza-making. As soon as you walk in through the front door you'll see the chef in the kitchen and the smell of the dough and tomato sauce has your mouth watering, anxious for the meal. This pizza (with meat on meat on meat on meat!) was baked to perfection, and one bite in, you suddenly forget about the bigger chains. If you're looking for a pizza fix - whether it's one slice or enough to feed your whole crew - Gusto is the place to go.

What to try: Personal pizza topped with bacon, pepperoni, prosciutto, hot salami, bocconcini, and black olives - $15.50

4) La Catrina Mexican Food

This restaurant does a great job of keeping it simple. I asked the waiter for the biggest taco they had and he said, "it's one of the biggest but also one of the best," and I'm glad I took his word for it. The fish tacos feature beer-battered basa, which was filling and even on its own had so much flavour. The tacos were topped with a mango-orange slaw, which gave it a nice crunch and flavour. Underneath everything you'll find chipotle mayo, which gave the meal a different spin and great finish. When it's brought to the table you think it's small but don't let it deceive you … it will make you full.

What to try: Three fried fish tacos - $12

3) Poutine Dare to Be Fresh

It’s cheesy, flavourful, and filling. And most importantly, poutine made with real products. Diners who eat here consistently wind up happy with their decision to order a creative dish. The bacon double cheeseburger was massive and seemed like it was never going to end. The deeper you got into the dish, the more flavour there was. The juices from the bacon seeped into the different layers of the poutine, which included double-cheese, beef, and some delicious gravy. Although the poutine was filling, the flavour made it really hard to put the fork down and stop eating. No wonder this establishment has done so well for itself. It’s a must-visit.

What to try: Bacon double cheeseburger - $13.99

2) J. Red & Co.

When the whole fad of chicken and waffles surfaced I can admit I wasn't a fan. But like your parents tell you when you're growing up, you'll never know how it is until you try it. After having it, I can admit it's pretty good. The size of the meal is massive. Toothpicks hold the never-ending layers of chicken and waffles together as they're stacked one on top of the other. The chicken is breaded and cooked to perfection: crispy on the outside, tender on the inside while carrying some spicy kick with it. The waffles are made soft, so they complement the crispy chicken. On the side, you’ll find some real maple syrup, which I recommend you throw on to give you a sweet and spicy finish. The lobster mac and cheese goes well with this. It adds some extra flavour to your meal. It’s a small size but when you ask for lobster, they deliver with big, noticeable chunks. You'll also see it’s somewhat breaded and has red peppers in it as well. Our waitress said it perfectly — this place just finds ways to throw different foods together, and it’s working in their favour.

What to try: Chicken and Waffles - $21; Side of lobster mac and cheese - $6

1) JB's Street Meats

Some would call this a ‘heart attack to go,’ but I saw it as the biggest cheat meal I could ever imagine. This monstrous sandwich was so huge I had to knock it over and eat it with a fork and knife. The layers of meat and cheese had this sandwich oozing with never-ending flavour, and if you finish it you’re forever satisfied. (Until your next cheat day, that is). Let me break this down for you. This giant sandwich contains two half-pound cheese bacon burgers, half a pound of pulled pork, pico de gallo, slaw, fried onions, and a fried egg. The buns were two bacon grilled cheese sandwiches. What blew me away with this sandwich was how much flavour there was. The burgers with the bacon and cheese gave it a classic taste, but when you get through the pulled pork in there, it gave it a smoky barbecue taste, which makes your taste buds melt. Every time you take a bite, a new flavour is found and it makes you want more. And just in case that wasn't enough for you, it’s served with two-and-a-half pounds of fries. I give this massive sandwich two thumbs up!

What to try: Jax Attacks - $30

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