Fantastic Fun Foods

By Allie Murray

Patio season is finally here — and that means gathering around with good friends to have some great food and drinks. There are many hidden gems throughout the area that make for the perfect meeting spot to indulge in some fun fare. Whether it’s a girls’ night out, date night or you’re grabbing a bite on your way to the beach, we’ve found a little something for everyone.


135 Kerr St., Oakville

With generous-sized portions and the aim to redefine Middle Eastern food, Maro’s has dishes available for all people. For meat lovers or vegans, adults or children, there are options for everyone. Visit Maro’s on Kerr Street in Oakville, or text Maro’s your order for delivery.

Be sure to try: Bella and the Beast

La Parisienne Creperie

93 Bronte Rd., Oakville

La Parisienne Creperie brings a little piece of Paris to Oakville. Serving traditional French crepes suitable for breakfast, lunch and dinner, all crepes are made on sight using fresh and local ingredients.

Be sure to try: the French onion soup

Sandwich Society

146 Kerr St., Oakville

Finding a quick and fresh meal in Oakville has never been easier. Sandwich Society is open on Kerr Street to deliver fresh sandwiches inspired by the best sandwich shops in Tuscany, Italy. Fresh sandwiches are also available at your fingertips with the Sandwich Society app.

Be sure to try: the Tuscano sandwich

Boon Burger

Locations in Oakville, Burlington and Hamilton

For food that’s good for you and the environment, Boon Burger’s got it all. The menu is filled with plant-based, vegan options made fresh at local kitchens or in-house every morning. All takeout cups and straws are made from biodegradable cornstarch, which helps with the company’s mission to create sustainability in its restaurants.

Be sure to try: the vegan poutine

D Hot Shoppe

4155 Fairview St., Burlington

For authentic Caribbean food in Canada, D Hot Shoppe has all the options. Based around Trinidadian food, D Hot Shoppe is best known for its roti. With a wide variety on the menu, the goal is to bring island vibes and Trinidadian culture to Burlington.

Be sure to try: the chicken roti

The Coop

Locations in Burlington and Hamilton

For a look back on the good old days, The Coop is an ‘80s and ‘90s inspired restaurant serving lunch, dinner and weekend brunches. Everything on the menu is made fresh in-house with high-quality ingredients. Enjoy good food while reminiscing on ‘90s nostalgia.

Be sure to try: the crispy chicken sandwich

La Crème de la Crème Creamery

389 John St., Burlington

La Crème de la Crème Creamery is opening downtown Burlington just in time for summer. With 15 different Belgian chocolates to choose from and 10 additional toppings, the ice cream choices are endless. For the perfect spot all year round, they also have hot chocolate made from their fresh Belgian chocolates.

Be sure to try: the fruity French fondue

Uno Mas

150 James St., Hamilton

This European tapas and cocktail bar also delivers a lively nightlife. Operating under its ‘big brother’ restaurant, Mezcal Tacos and Tequila Bar, Uno Mas is considered one of the best-kept secrets on the Hamilton food scene.

Be sure to try: the olive oil pached octopus with patatas bravas

Maracaz Cantinerie

612 Upper James St., Hamilton

Maracaz Cantinerie offers non-traditional Mexican food at its new location in Hamilton. Serving tacos that have been influenced by Creole, Asian and Mexican food, Maracaz is referred to as a Mexican fusion restaurant.

Be sure to try: the fish tacos

Union Social Eatery

6986 Financial Drive, unit 6, Mississauga

To find daily deals and $5 tacos after 9 p.m., the Union Social Eatery is the place to go. For a casual, yet lively place to eat, the Union Social Eatery is best known for its comfortable atmosphere, crafted menus and cocktails.

Be sure to try: the candy house salad

Cake Royale Café

49 Queen St., unit 6, Mississauga

Cake Royale Café first began in 2007 as a small café to sell desserts and baked goods with traditional recipes. Since then, the café has grown into a much bigger store serving lunch, fresh crepes, soups and salads, in addition to baked goods. Available for in-store purchase and delivery.

Be sure to try: the chocolate fudge sundae cupcake

Raw Aura

94 Lakeshore Rd. E., Mississauga

Finding organic food to satisfy all dietary restrictions is easy at Raw Aura. All meals, drinks and desserts are homemade, vegan, gluten and sugar-free. Everything on the menu is made from scratch using locally sourced and organic ingredients.

Be sure to try: the pizza

Wilcox Gastropub

30 Eglinton Ave W., Mississauga

Located at the intersection of Hurontario and Eglinton, the Wilcox Gastropub serves up sophisticated seasonal foods in a comfortable pub atmosphere. Its dishes are served alongside fine beers, a carefully curated wine list and impressive cocktail program.

Be sure to try: the Korean lasagna