Top 5 Summer Restaurants in Downtown Brampton

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With all of the festivals and events happening in downtown Brampton this summer, it seems like Bramptonians will be spending a lot of time near Main and Queen for the next few months.

That being said, long summer days and nights at the four corners will call for some scrumptious, fresh food, Instagram-worthy meals, and, of course, patios. There are an abundance of restaurants in our downtown core to choose from, but there are a select few that Bramptonians will definitely want to check out this summer, if they haven’t already.

Here are the top five restaurants you’ll want to grab a bite at in downtown Brampton this summer, all within walking distance.


5) Sushi House Japanese Restaurant

Sushi House is a quaint restaurant with modern decor, and a chic place you’ll want to check out this summer. Not a lot says summer like fresh sushi and sashimi. After a long day in downtown Brampton perusing artisan markets and jamming to concerts at Gage Park, Sushi House is a great spot to go to for a delicious meal, with cozy booths on one side and private dining rooms on the other. They might not be AYCE, but if you’re looking for a trendy option during your days spent in the downtown core, Sushi House is for you.


4) Sul Irmaos Smokehouse

The Sul Irmaos Smokehouse is known for its smoked meat, 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). Their smoked meat is very street food-esque, and you might want to grab a massive sandwich to go - it’ll definitely fuel you with energy for your day, and is a good lunch option.


3) J.Red & Co

Yet another trendy restaurant on this list, this time with a very summery patio, J.Red is your spot for unique and innovative cuisine that is Instagram-worthy. 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. You can try things like smoked cheddar mac ‘n cheese, egg rolls and crispy fried cauliflower 'wings.' 


2) La Catrina

What screams summer more than cold Jarritos (Mexican pop) and fresh guac? La Catrina is family owned (it uses recipes from “La Abuela” - grandmother’s recipes) and brings true, authentic flavour that captures the essence of hot, hot, Mexico. Chef Eddie Bachur and his team provide a wide selection of authentic good eats from tacos to cerviche and burritos and house-made mole dishes. And if you’re staying for dessert (which we know you will) you will have to try the churros (Fried dough pastry dusted with sugar and cinnamon) or a favourite amongst the InBrampton team - the Pastel De Tres Leches (a vanilla sponge cake soaked in three milks filled with peach—not to be confused by the classic Big Pun song).


1) Carve on Lot 5

With a patio and a historic location that captures the spirit of the downtown core, you won’t want to miss a summer meal at Carve. This chic downtown restaurant opened its doors this past summer and wowed customers with something they'd never seen in Brampton before - a downtown rooftop patio. The resto boasts a great location and actually sits in a historical building (they had to renovate the space before opening). The restaurant also boasts a main floor bar and lounge, a second floor meeting and dining room and the aforementioned rooftop patio (which features a bar - cold brew on a hot patio, anyone?). The food offerings are diverse (which is ideal in a city as multicultural as Brampton) and affordable and the resto also boasts a simple wine list, good quality spirits and a mix of local and international beers. 

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