Downtown Milton, a cute little strip of this small Ontarian town of 100,00 people, is jam-packed full of great restaurants. From your Mom ‘n’ Pops to localized franchises that you see from city-to-city. With such a wide variety of restaurants downtown, what better place to host another year of Downtown Milton Taste Tours! In this small but (very personalized and intimate) event hungry food nerds are taken on a wonderful, guided tour of the town’s downtown area and given access to exclusive food-tasting tastings among participating restaurants.
Downtown Milton Taste Tours’ theme this year was Sweets and we stopped by seven businesses to try their finest, most special treats.
First stop – Coffee Culture. Located inside the Carriage Square Plaza, passerbyers might miss this gem due to how busy the plaza is. But don’t miss it! Coffee Culture not only makes delicious sweets, coffees and teas, but they also have great sandwiches, breakfasts, salads, and specialty drinks. There are many locations throughout the GTA, but Milton has the best one (obviously!)
Next stop: The Works Gourmet Burger Bistro! Easily one of my favourite restaurants in Downtown Milton. Here we tried some of their famous poutine. There are many varieties of this Canadian favourite at The Works, including ones that include brisket, bacon and even onion rings. During the Taste Tours, we sampled the classic poutine with crispy fries, hot gravy (vegetarian and gluten free – woot woot) with good ‘ole cheese curds – simple and delicious!
Next, we stopped by Jay’s Ice Cream and Sunshine Gelato. The staff there did a great job educating the tour group on the history of how Jay and Sunshine Gelato joined forces to become Jay’s Ice Cream And Sunshine Gelato in 1997. From that point onward, this ice cream shop has been voted Milton’s Favourite Ice Cream and Dessert joint. They have tons of locally-sourced ice cream flavours, and the gelato is made in-house. There’s a flavour for everyone. And I was surprised to learn that they even have specialty coffees! We left with our bellies full of ice cream and gelato.
I have never actually been inside Yogurty’s before but this is definitely a local Milton favourite. Like many other ‘build your own’ yogurt shops, there is a wall full of different yogurt flavours along with endless toppings. We sample some delicious frozen yogurts including a vegan coconut option and a very refreshing lime sorbet! They also whipped up an amazing strawberry smoothie. Next time I need a cool treat, I will definitely be back at Yogurty’s.
The award-winning Thai House is named the “Best Thai Restaurant” in Milton. It even got a Seal of Approval from Thailand’s Ministry of Commerce, which is official recognition from Thailand’s government that they serve authentic Thai food. How amazing is that? One of the owners explained how if you want real Thai food in Milton, Thai House is the place to be. This restaurant is always packed full of happy customers, so if you’d like to join them for dinner get here early! During the Taste Tours we sampled their delicious Deep Fried Bananas. It was hot out of the fryer, drizzled with honey and sesame seeds to give it a nice texture. I was in Deep Fried Banana heaven!
I was so happy to see HealthEnut (pronounced “Healthy Nut”) as one of the stops we were going to make on the Taste Tours. Mark this place on your food travel map if you want the healthiest food that Downtown Milton has to offer. They have an extensive menu full of organic vegan and raw dishes including hearty salads, soups, and juices. The HealthEnut team made tons of goodies including a vegan cheesecake as well as an “energy ball”, which is kind of like a much healthier take on the donut hole. Both of these hit the mark. If you’re the type to assume that vegetarian food is bland and boring, this place will prove you wrong! I also found out they do juice cleanses, weekly meal packages, cooking demos, and even a Women’s group (which includes Primal Yelling sessions). This homey, warm place has it all.
All aboard our last stop: Ice Cream Lab! I love this place! You learn a little bit of science, get a show for both kids and adults, and best of all the ice cream is delicious! I’ve talked about this place before, but they definitely deserve a second mention. For the Taste Tours, they created my favourite flavor – strawberry shortcake. As always, they didn’t disappoint. Make sure you stop by and pick up a frequent visitor punch card!
The Downtown Milton Taste Tours was another hit from the Downtown Milton team. It was a great way to sample Downtown Milton’s restaurants, and really get to know the people behind the businesses. I loved the fact we met the owners and managers of some of the locations and got to learn a little about the history of the establishments. It was also a great way to meet other families in our hometown of Milton. If you missed this year’s Taste Tours, make sure you sign up for the Downtown Milton Newsletter to find out when the next event will be. The tickets sell out quick so make sure you grab them right away. I am already looking forward to next year’s event!