A Bistro And A Taqueria, Two Great Casual Burlington Restaurants

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I like Burlington, a lot. I know it is considered a sleeper city of Toronto. You want to work in Toronto, but you don’t want to pay Toronto real estate prices so you move 45 minutes West to Burlington. You take the Go Train into town, do your job and train back at the end of the day. It’s the usual commuter story. How cool though to discover that for those times when you aren’t commuting into the city Burlington has a lot to offer. There is a great casual dining scene, plenty of day hikes and parks to explore and of course waterfront. I’ve already shared my favourite coffee shops and bakeries, now it’s time to share with you where to go for a burger and a taco. Two Burlington restaurants come to mind and I guarantee you’ll ever have a bad meal at either. Let’s eat.


Let’s start north of Burlington in the historic town of Lowville. After you’ve spent a morning or an afternoon exploring Halton Parks you are going to be hungry enough to eat for three people. Lowville Bistro at 6179 Guelph Line is the perfect place to satisfy your hunger. This restaurant facade implies a casual atmosphere while the food served is upscale and delicious!

Lowville Bitro Burlington restaurant

I visited over the Easter long weekend and even though they had a substantial buffet on offer I ordered off the menu. The Lowville Burger called out my name. Locally sourced ground beef, applewood smoked bacon and melted gorgonzola seemed to be just what I need to tame my hungry tummy. Seriously what a delicious burger. Easily one of the best I’ve had in 2017 so far.

The Lowville Burger

Close up of the Lowville Burger

Dessert is not to be outdone. They bring their cakes in from Dufflet which is based in Toronto. I couldn’t resist the Lemon Parfait Cake which is as light as air and just as good.

Lemon Parfait cake at Lowville Bistro

For my next recommendation let’s head into downtown Burlington and visit Burro Taco. Sister restaurant to The Mule in Hamilton I know I will love this place. I was right it is fantastic. To start with order the Chips & Salsa, the chips are made in-house.

Chips and Salsa from Burro Burlington

Next share a plate of Patatas Bravas. A perfect plate to share amongst friends.

Patatas Bravas from Burro Burlington restaurant

For the main course, you have to order a selection of Tacos. Here we have Jerk Pork, Fish, and Spicy Beef Cheek tacos. I can’t pick a favourite as they are all great, but one I ate before I took this photo is the Spicy Brussels Sprout. It may be my fave.

Tray of Tacos from Burro Burlington

Two great handheld meals at Burlington restaurants. Both are messy, delicious and worth a second and a third visit. You can be sure you’ll see me at both of these places during my next visit to Burlington. I think it’s worth a trip from the city to spend the day here. Go for a day hike in Halton Parks and then eat your way through town. Perfect.

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Thanks to Tourism Burlington for hosting my visit. My views and opinions are 100% my own.

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Marc Smith is a former event planner turned vagabond adventurer. He loves strong Americano's, great wine, cold beer and zip lining over tree tops. Formerly of Vancouver, most of Marc's time when not travelling is in Canada's largest city, Toronto. Follow along on his nomad adventures and discover places to stay, things to do and where to eat & drink as he explores the world one city and region at a time.

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