Top 5 Hottest Restaurants in Brampton: January 19 to January 25
Here are the 5 hottest restaurants in Brampton for the week of January 19 to January 25, based on the amount of organic page views and searches these restaurants received on inbrampton.com.
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.
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.
Okay, we need to talk about Prince of Wales. It's an independent grocery store at Embleton and Heritage, and you might not know of its existence in Brampton unless someone told you, you Googled it, or you're reading this sentence. Prince of Wales has pies that are stuffed to the brim with fruits and filling, with a perfectly flaky and melt-in-your-mouth crust, and they're all baked in-house daily, so what's there changes from day-to-day. Pictured below is a blueberry peach pie, an already unique flavour, and it was straight up delicious. This is the kind of pie you'll want all to yourself. The blueberry peach pie is almost out of season, but they also make apple pie, and pumpkin pie for the fall, plus several savoury pies like turkey (also well done at Prince of Wales), steak and mushroom, and pork. The prices are a little higher (what's pictured was $15), but this place delivers on quality. Over all, a solid place to get pie in Brampton.
As far as comfort food goes, Radica’s Hot and Spicy is definitely a hotspot. It’s a little hard to find since it’s tucked away right at Queen and Rutherford, but once you get in there, it’s hard not to fall in love with the place. The first thing that both the staff members working at the counter suggest is the doubles along with boneless goat roti. They're able to bring the food out in an impressively short amount of time. So as far as service goes, the staff at Radica’s did a great job but it is worth noting that their food spoke volumes for itself. Served hot and with the suitable amount of spice upon request, the food instantly warms you up on the inside, which is great.
Mimi’s wins the award for the cheesiest poutine. This small mom and pop shop squeezed in the middle of a small plaza on Main Street stole the show with their method of cheese-ing their poutines. The cook layered shredded cheese on the bottom of the container, then throughout the rest of the french fries and gravy. Also of note, this is a fun poutine to eat for the twirlers out there. The poutine is so cheesy that you have to twirl the strings of cheese around your fork before even thinking of taking a bite. It’s quite honestly a cheese explosion. The fries have the right amount of crisp, the gravy is savoury but not too heavy and the small is a good portion for two people to share at a reasonable price. And Mimi’s has lots of upsides! They have a vast variety of food that you need to check out for yourself. In fact, I have four words for you that are totally unrelated to poutine: Deep-fried Mars bar.