Top 5 Hottest Restaurants in Brampton: First Half of 2017


Somehow, we are halfway through 2017. New Year's resolutions have gone out the window, rain has taken over much of Brampton's summer, and we at have eaten at more Brampton restaurants than we can count. With July comes a mid-way point in the year, and with that point comes the five hottest restaurants in Brampton in 2017 thus far according to our readers.

Here are the 5 hottest restaurants in Brampton from January to July, based on the amount of organic page views and searches these restaurants received on

5) J.Red & Co

Definitely one of the most modern restaurants in Brampton, from the atmosphere to the innovative menu. Located on Vodden and Main is one of the city's gems. Chef Jason Rosso is the mastermind behind the menu and if his name sounds familiar to you, it’s probably because he has appeared on such TV shows as Restaurant Makeover, Recipe to Riches and the Marilyn Dennis Show. He is known for offering familiar food with a twist and the menu does not disappoint. Here, you can experiment with all kinds of new food - you can try things like smoked cheddar mac ‘n cheese, egg rolls, and even crispy fried cauliflower 'wings.' J.Red is also featured in our cover photo!

4) Spicy Island Jerk Caribbean Fusion Cuisine

If you're looking for a delicious new spot that boasts spicy food, island cuisine, and jerk flavours all wrapped in one, you are in luck - Spicy Island Jerk Caribbean Fusion set up shop in the downtown core early in March and is satisfying the bustling downtown crowd with a range of comforting Caribbean classics, including jerk pork, fried chicken, curry goat, oxtail, stew fish, chicken soup and more. Centrally located on Main Street, the resto is easily accessible for workers looking to grab a quick lunch or visitors hoping to enjoy a dinner that's on the hotter side. As for the resto's signature dish, operators recommend the jerk chicken and jerk pork.

3) Portas Do Mar Bar & Grill

We announced earlier this year that a brand new Portuguese restaurant had opened in Brampton. Portas Do Mar - or, “Doors to the Sea” - has settled into a location at Main and Vodden, where Martin’s BBQ Chicken used to be. The location is now under new ownership. The restaurant boasts BBQ chicken, grilled meat, and seafood on their menu, with healthy sides of potatoes, veggies, and rice. Anyone craving flavourful grilled meat in hearty portions seems to be in for a treat, as the resto is easily accessible to visitors from its central location.

2) Sul Irmaos Smokehouse

Sul Irmaos Smokehouse is located in the heart of downtown Brampton and specializes in Portuguese southern fusion cuisine. The restaurant is known for its smoked meat, which is smoked (low and slow) and it was even featured on the Food Network’s You Gotta Eat Here. Must eat dishes include the beef eater (southern slow smoked brisket, deep fried okra and shrimp and collard greens, served with Creole mustard, house gravy and Caesar dressing) and the pulled pork and Beanasaurus (southern slow smoked pulled pork, homemade mama's chill, fresh cut creamy coleslaw and fried mac and cheese bites). They also boast some delicious, creamy, classic mac'n'cheese as a side option.

1) JB’s Street Meat

When you think of street meat, you might think about going to town on a foot-long hot dog before a Jay’s game or after a long night of clubbing. You might even think of satisfying a hearty craving after a hectic hour at a local Costco or Canadian Tire. Even if you have fond memories of curbside sausages, you've likely never associated the scrumptious meal with freshness and variety. JB’s Street Meat invites diners to enjoy casual but well-crafted meat and BBQ dishes indoors. While owner Jonathan Boone and his team like to change up the menu based on the day’s shopping, they do offer some staples that diners can expect to see on the menu daily, offering a core menu with pulled pork and pulled chicken, mac and cheese, ribs and more. While fresh cuisine is incredibly popular, it’s typically associated with higher price points and the associated expenses sometimes deter diners looking to spend less on their meals. According to Boone, customers need not fear hefty price tags at his resto, as filling foods are competitively priced for the average diner.

The 5 hottest restaurants in Brampton this week are based on the amount of organic page views and searches these restaurants received on from January 1, 2017-July 1, 2017.

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