Top 5 Hottest Restaurants in Brampton: Aug. 24-30

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Here are the 5 hottest restaurants in Brampton for the week of Aug. 24-30, based on the number of organic page views and searches these restaurants received on inBrampton.com.


5. Nova Grill & Bakery 

This Portuguese bakery in downtown Brampton near Main and Church does a lot of things right - they make a great pie, they have lots of bread and meat, and they make a mean soup! Nova Grill changes up their soup of the day daily, and for about $3, you can get a steaming bowl of their daily concoction, best enjoyed with a giant bun from their bakery, and a custard tart for dessert. Below is a vegetable soup from Nova, which was a smooth potato puree with chopped spinach and carrots, plus the right amount of flavours and spices to be considered, as they say, “yummy in my tummy.” Nova is open bright and early at 8 a.m. so you can get soup at almost any time of day, and you can get it for there or to-go. What’s more, the service is friendly and you’ll always feel at home in the resto’s cozy setting.


4. Churrasquiera Nova Esperanca

This joint won the trophy for best traditional BBQ chicken. This family-owned and operated churrasquiera has a serious dinner rush where lineups to the door are the norm. And can you believe that I was in it out in 15 minutes? This place doesn't fool around. Though white meat is a dollar more expensive, it is so worth it. A quarter chicken combo with white meat provided incredibly juicy chicken and an ideal texture on the outside with a nice saltiness to the skin that had the right amount of crispiness. Go here if you want your BBQ chicken done right and if you're a piri piri sauce connoisseur.


3. Portas Do Mar

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.


2. India’s Taste

Located on the heavily fortified border between Brampton and Mississauga, this spot sits right at the corner of Ray Lawson and Mavis (Chinguacousy) and has been a mainstay in this community for about 20 years. The amount of people coming in and out of this place is a testament to its street cred in Brampton. The buffet in the evening on a weekday will set you back about $17.99 and a lunch buffet $13.99. The food is fresh, and there is a heavy selection of both veg and not-veg to sink your teeth into. Peep your head over the salad bar to see the crew cooking up fresh naan straight out the tandoor. This spot is one of my favs because they have a private lounge in the back for rent where my crew and I can retire with our plates of shahi paneer and drinks and chill. Pick up some homemade Kulfi (ice cream pops made of almond and cardamom) on the way out as you pay your bill.


1. Crown and Lion English Pub

The Crown and Lion feels like one of those places you can see yourself coming back to any night of the week. The Crown and Lion has been a favorite for many Bramptonians because of the friendly and inviting atmosphere. Nearing Brampton’s border at Financial and Steeles, this pub doesn’t fall in line with the usual dark toned aesthetic that most pubs seem to have. With the Crown and Lion, right when you walk in you’ll quickly notice how well-lit the entire joint is and the bright cozy scheme will also grab your attention. They have a lot of great theme nights, including Monday nights for wings and Wednesday nights for pub trivia.

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