top 5 burgers in brampton

Burger cravings have stood the test of time. A succulent patty hugged by two buns, and any condiment you desire, can be known to cap off an epic night out or to celebrate cheat days with utter happiness and grunts of satisfaction (no one's judging, we can relate all too well). So instead of going to a quick and cheap fast food stop, here are some places that will make a mean hamburger with the love and respect a burger deserves.

5) The Crown and Lion

If you’re looking for a local watering hole to watch the game, have a beer and a burger this could be the spot for you. This cozy pub also has a roomy seating area along book shelves on one side of the bar and has dart boards lining the other side. When it comes to the burger, it’s totally above par. You have six burgers to choose from and from what I saw you can’t really go wrong from any of them. I’m of the belief that a fried egg makes any meal better so I chose the Breakfast Burger with the egg, bacon and cheese. I only added a little ketchup and mayo because I like saucy burgers, but the meal was extremely satisfying. The portion was huge, the fries were lovely and substantial, and on Tuesdays burgers are half price.

4) Jake’s Boathouse

This huge restaurant specializes in seafood, but after trying their burger I’d say they specialize in those as well. Their Bistro Burger is a bit on the pricey side but when you see what you get in return it’s money well spent. My burger was piled high with bacon, cheddar, the fixings and onion rings (!!!). It was the definition of a two-hander. Combine that with half a plate of chunky fries, it’s not a burger to be taken lightly. Either skip a meal or save some for later. And if you’re feeling adventurous there’s two other fancy varieties of burgers they offer. *Hint: one has chili on it*

3) Sonny’s Drive-In

No Brampton burger list is complete without this joint because it's a legend in its own right. A relic from a bygone era, Sonny's is all about nostalgia and feel-good food. Located on Kennedy Road, it looks like an absolute dive and that's probably what's most charming about it. In terms of food, Sonny's offers burgers, cheeseburgers, double bacon cheeseburgers, steak on a kaiser, fish and chips, chicken fingers, fries and more. As far as food goes, it's all very straight up and traditional—but sometimes, that's what your body wants. Who ever said a traditional cheeseburger doesn't hit the spot?

2) J Red & Co.

This place is special because it pairs great food with distinct ambiance. It's probably one of the most modern restaurants in Brampton, from the atmosphere to the innovative menu. Located on Vodden and Main, it's one of the gems in the city. Chef Jason Rosso is the mastermind behind the menu and if his name sounds familiar to you, it’s probably because you've seen him on 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. If you're in the mood for a good burger, try the Bob and Doug burger. You won't be disappointed.

1) Wally’s on Steeles

The restaurant is only a year old and they have a burger worth talking about. For $7.95 and change, you can get the Wally Burger to satisfy a typical burger craving. What they don’t tell you is that it also includes a trip to burger heaven. I didn’t add any condiments because I didn’t want to mask the flavour of the patty. It ticked all the boxes: juicy, tender, seasoned and cooked fresh. And the size of the burger! Ouf, it was bigger than the palm of my hand. A waitress warned me that it’s a big burger, boy she was right. It was enough for me without feeling over full. You can add fries for $1.99 if your heart desires. Find Wally’s on Steeles (eastbound) and Dixie.

top 5 buffets in brampton

The world of buffets is not what it once was and the city of Brampton is a prime place to see the evolution of the buffet.

Before, going to a buffet meant stuffing yourself with Chinese or North American food and rolling yourself out the front door. To be fair, going to a buffet still requires serious preparation like dressing accordingly (track or yoga pants are best), planning small meals throughout the day and making sure to not do anything strenuous after eating—but the offerings are a little more refined.

Now, Brampton has enough buffets to give your taste buds a trip around the world.

Here are the Top 5 buffets you should check out.

5) Bombay Palace

This place is an underdog compared to its competitors but the food tastes so whole and homemade. Each table gets its own basket of naan. Whatever you do GET THE GARLIC NAAN. It is the best naan out of all the restaurants on this list and if you have some leftover you can take it home. This naan is the new Red Lobster biscuit. Bombay Palace is a small buffet that tucked away inside of a banquet hall but they have all the go-to’s for Indian comfort food like butter chicken, curry lamb, chicken tikka, masala everything and lots of veggies and lentils. Dessert is also small but has some sweets that I’ve never heard of. Gulab jamun, deep fried milk dumpling in rose water syrup, and kheer, rice pudding that’s cooked with nuts and dried fruit and cooled, were just as delicious and comforting as the rest of the buffet. And the staff were the cherry on top. They made an enjoyable experience even more enjoyable.

What they are known for: Garlic Naan
Price: $20.99 for dinner

4) Brars Grand Buffet

Here's another pleasant and wide variety of flavourful food for the vegetarian in you (no meat here). Brars is unique because it also has a bakery. So as soon as you step inside the restaurant there is nothing but food. The sweets look amazing and it kind of makes you want to skip the main course altogether. But don't do that. Brars has a wonderful variety of Indian food that's healthy and that's also comforting. You can't turn away when you see a grand, circular hot plate with curried chickpeas surrounded by samosas. And there is everything you could want when you're craving Indian food, whether you grew up on it or are new to it. If you have room for dessert the sweets are also almost exclusively cultural except for the ice cream. This is a great place to experiment eating Indian food. However, don't be afraid to ask what is available because the food descriptions on the glass are a little difficult to read.

What they are known for: Amazing vegetarian food and the samosas
Price: $20.99 for dinner

3) Spoonful

This ranks as the most trendy looking buffets. The purple and yellow decor is playful and makes it more exciting to eat. Eating here is an experience all on its own. There’s a whole assortment of Asian foods like sushi, noodles, spring rolls, meats and the best station ever: make your own pad Thai. The food arrangement gets even cooler at dessert with their chocolate fountain, rows upon rows of sweets and a Wheel of Fortune looking rotator of ice cream. Have fun eating here and you can check their website for birthday specials that don't just apply to the exact day of your birth.

What they are known for: Pad Thai station
Price: $26.99 weeknight - $32.99 weekends

2) Wok of Fame

Whether you like typical Chinese takeout food, sushi, dim sum or you’re just up for anything, Wok of Fame can check off all your taste boxes. Many pieces of food are made fresh and out in the open, like their sushi (they even have their own Wok of Fame roll which is very tasty). The restaurant’s selling point is that you can create dishes for staff to cook or grill to your exact liking. Once you hit dessert, things get stressful because there are so many options to choose from. I counted 13 types of ice cream! We highly recommend that you save room for green tea and mango ice cream as well as coconut or mango pudding. And think of me when you have a cream puff. I do wish they had an unlimited tea station though.

What they are known for: The sheer size of this place and the live cooking stations (Wok and Teppanyaki)
Price: $25.99 weeknight - $32.99 weekends

1) Tandoori Flame

Tandoori Flame is one of the most beautiful buffet restaurants I’ve ever seen. My jaw dropped when I opened the door and was surrounded by clean, bright and modern Indian decor. Then the food is impeccably flavourful and the colours were so appetizing. Once you taste a little bit of everything, you get to see how there are unique tastes to go with every type of food. When you’re ready for dessert, the mango soft serve is AMAZING. Don’t forget the sprinkles! All in all, everything about this place is very classy. You have to go and see for yourself.

What they are known for: North America's Largest Indian Buffet
Price: $21.99 weekdays - $25.99 weekends

top 5 places to get ribs in brampton

Ribfest only happens once a year in Brampton. In the meantime, what's a person to do when they have a craving for some good ol' barbecued ribs? Well it's actually quite easy because the city has many places to choose from.

To make life easier for rib lovers, we've put together this handy list of restaurants and BBQ joints that will more than satisfy that craving and leave you licking your fingers in public. Don't worry, we're not judging.

Here are the top 5 places for ribs in Brampton:

5) Jake’s Boathouse

Jake’s is a solid location to eat many different foods. Their pork ribs is one of those foods. The ribs are sauc,y but be conscious of the sauce that is paired with the ribs. Jake's has a variety of sauces that can be slathered on their pork ribs and the server recommended the sweet chili Thai is pictured above. It wasn't bad, but an authentic BBQ sauce would have been best. Back to the ribs... They were juicy and filling, but the meat does rely heavily on the sauce for its flavour. As for sides, you can get french fries or baked or mashed potatoes and I do not regret getting the fries. Jake’s Boathouse also gets brownie points for its rib special. Go on a Monday and you can get a whole rack of ribs for the price of a half rack.

  • Regular price full rack of ribs with two sides: $23.99+tax
  • Regular price half rack with two sides: $16.99+tax
  • Monday special full rack with two sides: $17.99+tax

4) JB’s Street Meat

JB’s Street Meat doesn’t look like much on the outside, but they're not lying when they say "little place, big taste." The game changes once you step inside and you see their kitchen. It takes up most of the restaurant space and you get to see the smoke masters hard at work pouring lots of love into their food. JB’s ribs are unique from its competitors on this list, as they're dry and smoky. I love sauce on my ribs so I was a little worried. But the difference is easy to get used to. JB’s has figured out a way to flavour its meat without relying on a sauce or making its ribs fatty and that is a big win. The meat was not greasy and still had enough flavour. Furthermore, the sides were insanely flavourful. The coleslaw was fresh, the French fries were crispy and the two kinds of complimentary gravy were savoury but the chicken gravy is best.

  • Full rack of ribs: $18+tax
  • Half rack of ribs: $13+tax

3) Wally’s on Steeles

Wally’s on Steeles hooked it up with their pork back ribs and wings special. I couldn't believe the value and the portion size for their meal. On a plate nearly as big as a golf cart tire, they'll give you a half rack of succulent (albeit not the most tender), ribs, six wings and french fries. Plus a pre-dinner soup and dessert of either ice cream or rice pudding (get the rice pudding!). The ribs themselves needed a knife to cut through. And no I was not trying to cut through the bone, silly. But, the upside is that their cooks managed to get a balance of taste between the meat and sauce. I have a huge appetite and was very full with barely half of my plate touched. I can only imagine the potential food coma for a whole rack of ribs. All in all, Wally's makes great food, provides phenomenal service and gives you real bang for your buck. Here's a tip: their specials don't have consistent days, so call ahead to see if they have their rib and wing special.

  • Regular price full rack: $19.95+tax
  • Rib and Wing special (with soup and dessert): $25+tax

2) Oscar’s Roadhouse

This country roadhouse fits the bill as the place to serve all your rib needs. The pork ribs here were awesome. The meat fell off the bone and the plate was piled high with four different side dishes, which included garden veggies, different variations of potatoes, baked beans and jalapeno corn bread! Be warned: the only way to eat them was with a knife and fork because the meat falls off that easily. The pork ribs on their own were juicy, tender and mighty tasty and were complimented by Oscar's sweet and tangy housemade BBQ sauce. There's also the option to get a rib and wing platter. But if you're a rib aficionado, try to plan a trip to Oscar's on a Saturday between 2-10 p.m. for their Rib Special, where you can get a full rack for $16.99 or a half for $11.99.

  • Regular price full rack: $22.99+tax
  • Regular price half rack: $16.99+tax
  • Saturday special full rack: $16.99+tax
  • Saturday special half rack: $11.99+tax

1) Lousiana Seafood and Steakhouse

Louisiana Seafood and Steakhouse has the best ribs hands down! They were the tangy, saucy and tender experience I was waiting for. The meat from their Bourbon Street back ribs fell right off the bone and their bourbon sauce makes licking your fingers totally acceptable. The high quality was evident in the meat. In terms of sides, there's three varieties of potatoes, french fries, roasted and mashed, to choose from and coleslaw that accompany the ribs. The fries were average and the coleslaw wasn't a great accompaniment. Luckily it was all about the ribs that night that’s what won me over. There's also the option to order wings and ribs for the same price as a full rack.

  • Regular price full rack: $25

top 5 poutine spots in brampton

Oh poutines! Who knew three simple ingredients could come together to make something so beautiful. Golden and crispy french fries lay as the base to be smothered in savoury gravy and layers of cheese curds or shredded cheese. As Canadians, we are lucky to claim poutines as one of our patriotic creations and Brampton has an incredible community of poutine makers to call their own. If you're feeling super Canadian during the year of our country's 150th birthday, it would be a great idea to stop by at one of these five local poutine hot spots in Brampton.

5) San Francisco Place

This place is the winner for best taste for value. San Francisco offers a small poutine that's the same size as its competitors for roughly half the price. They make their poutine with shredded cheese, but damn is it ever good! It's a simple meal made to perfection with the right amount of crisp in their fries and velvety smooth gravy to go with it. This is also a fun meal for the twirlers we know. San Francisco's is a popular spot among school kids and even their parents! What makes this typical European style takeout spot even better is their staff and how they strick up pleasant conversation with their customers.

4) Henry's

Although you might not think “poutine” when you hit a fish and chips place, these joints often offer fantastic fry-cheese-gravy concoctions. This classic fish and chips spot is one of the best in the city, and it also serves up a great poutine! Henry's Fish and Chips, located in a plaza by Main and Vodden, has a poutine that doesn’t disappoint. As you can tell by the picture, it comes with a plate full of fries and they use real cheese curds—which was a real plus. The gravy was super flavourful and the classic poutine taste of fries, cheese and gravy worked magically in every bite.

3) Chicken Master

Chicken Master in North Brampton just made the cut thanks to their poutine variations. They offer a chicken poutine (see below) with shredded grilled chicken and a Chicken Master poutine that features breaded chicken for a dollar more. Chicken Master also makes their poutine with cheese curds and a very dark gravy that may be an acquired taste for some poutine fans. For that reason, they get props for being a little more daring.

2) Mimi's Fish and Chips

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.

1) Poutine Dare to Be Fresh

Wow! This is a place that specializes in poutine and they did something special. There’s enough varieties of poutine at Poutine Dare to Be Fresh to make your head spin. But every single type of poutine is always layered with cheese curds and fresh gravy, but it’s the toppings that will knock your socks off. The Bacon Double Cheeseburger Poutine was said to be the most popular topping and it is to die for. The ground hamburger and bacon bits are any meat lovers dream come true. Plus it comes with extra cheddar cheese sauce on top of it. This combination may sound extremely unhealthy—poutines generally are—but the food didn't make me feel sluggish or overly full. This poutine was made with love. The staff was super friendly and especially helpful with making the tough decision of what to order. But realistically I doubt that you can go wrong at this establishment. Though the product, contemporary and comfortable eating space and customer service were amazing, the prices are on the higher side. They say you get what you pay for and this was certainly the case. P.S. they offer loyalty cards, so you can get your seventh poutine for free.