This Mississauga plaza is a foodie’s gold mine

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Officially called Cowthra Holdings, this two-story plaza just north of QEW in Mississauga doesn’t look very remarkable outside of its green roofs, but there’s a reason the parking lot is often packed in the late mornings and few shops. The lineup is: This is one of the best places to dine in the Greater Toronto Area.

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There aren’t many signs or indicators (or menus for that matter) at 2395 and 2399 Kavthra Road. To make it known, but this is where diners can find one of GTA’s few full vegetarian Vietnamese restaurants; Iraqi caterers who serve large platters and freshly baked bread, or if you kindly ask, an off-menu takeout lunch; a Palestinian-style dairy shop that makes its own ice cream, ghee and cheese; And a bulk food store that roasts its own nuts (they’re so good you won’t want to go back to the prepackaged stuff).

Instead of having a neighborhood guide, we’d dine through a suburban plaza every once in a while. This week, we take a look at where to get (and of course, plenty of bites) a full day of food (and leftovers) to make this Mississauga Plaza a worthwhile trip. Call friends, bring on an empty stomach and make room in the fridge.


read all stories In this week’s Toronto food coverage,

Some of the Hardest to Find Types of Cheese, Ice Cream, and Ghee in This Palestinian Dairy Shop

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This Vegetarian Vietnamese Restaurant Is the Place to Go for Hot Pot

In cold weather, the Tom Yum Hot Pot spiced up in Dai Bi Tea is a common sight in dining rooms.

For mouth-watering Iraqi kebabs, all you have to do is ask

Lamb shank on rice and kebabs on rice are two takeout options that diners can get without pre-ordering at Ishtar Catering.  At the back is the stuffed chicken, which needs to be ordered in advance.

Worth waiting in line: Roasted Nut Factory’s jumbo cashews and pistachios are sublime

The Roasted Nut Factory is run by a Lebanese family that has been roasting their nuts in combination with a variety of spices for nearly 20 years.
Karon Liu is a Toronto-based food reporter for Star. Reach him via email: [email protected]

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