The only thing that can make a summer road trip even better is ending up at a wonderful restaurant.  Use this list as an excuse to explore the other beautiful cities Ontario has to offer, and their awesome restaurants.

These 18 mouthwatering spots will have you leaving the city within an instant.  Be sure to grab your closest group of foodies and start crossing these restaurants off your bucket list!

Whether you're looking for Mexican, Italian or Indian, Ontario definitely has something that will exceed your expectations!

1. Mezcal TNT // Hamilton

Mezcal holds a special place in my heart. Not only does it have an unreal vibe, friendly staff and amazing food, but they also hold cool events every Sunday. During "Sunday Socials" Mezcal picks a theme and offers new options that are not normally on their menu, and are super tasty.

2. Bertoldi's Trattoria // London

Bertoldi's Trattoria is a wonderful Italian restaurant in London Ontario. The gnocchi with Gorgonzola sauce is a must try, and will meet any pasta lovers expectations!

3. La Castile Steak House // Mississauga

This is an awesome spot for celebrating a birthday or any other special occasion! La Castile Steak House has a great atmosphere and an extensive wine and & drink selection.

4. JC's Bagels // Burlington

If you live in Burlington, you know that CJ's is the ultimate hangover cure. These bagels are fresh, filling and super cheap. Be sure to stop by next time you're passing by Burlington.

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5. Chicago Style Pizza Shack // Hamilton

You definitely won't hungry at Chicago Style Pizza Shack. The portions are huge, and well priced. They offer delivery and takeout if you're looking to have a night in. Be sure to get there early because this place fills up quick!

6. Plank // Bronte

Plank absolutely kills it with their seafood. The oysters and calamari are to die for, and are always extremely fresh. This spot is packed at all time, but there is never a sacrifice in service. The staff at Plank do a great job of making you feel at home and well taken care of!

7. Yolanda's Spuntino Casa // Oakville

Yolanda's has an excellent wine list that includes a selection of bottles that are not available at the LCBO. If you're looking to try something new, and give your tastebuds a treat, this is the spot.

8. Bean Bar // Hamilton

Bean Bar is a go-to spot for many Hamiltonians. This spot is well priced and has an awesome menu packed with comfort food. Service is always friendly and very attentive!

9. Memphis fire BBQ // Winona

Memphis Fire BBQ offers huge portions that will keep you full for days. The rub they use on their ribs is extremely flavourful, and their BBQ sauce is very good as well. If you're looking for a country style dinner outside of the city, this is your new spot.

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10. Han Ba Tang // North York

Han Ba Tang is known for having incredible kimchi fries and bulgogi. Their curry chicken wings are also another popular item on their menu.

11. Avanti Trattoria // Oshawa

This italian restaurant has some of the best home made sauce you'll try. Their patio is also amazing in the summer months, and they have a great dessert menu for those of you who have a sweet tooth.

12. Midori // Grand Bend

Midori offers excellent value for the quality and quantity! Their fish tacos, Pad Thai, and rolls are all extremely fresh and super tasty! Make sure to check out this spot next time you're looking for a beachy get-away.

13. Ristorante Julia // Oakville

Julia's is a beautiful spot that takes simple dishes to new heights! They also do a great job accommodating those with dietary restrictions (especially celiac and peanut/nut allergies). Be sure to check this place out if you're in the area!

14. Pig Out // Pickering

Pig Out has an awesome brisket sandwich that is a must-try! They have a laid-back atmosphere with tons of comfort food options. If you're looking for something sweet they also have a mouthwatering chocolate shake that is sure to satisfy any chocolate lover.

P.S. they also have a location in Toronto if you're not able to make it to Pickering!

15. Aria Bistro // Brampton

This is an awesome venue for special occasions, or just a nice dinner with your loved ones. Aria offers a beautifully served pork belly that is also extremely popular!

16. Uncorcked // Georgetown

Uncorcked is an awesome spot in Georgetown with a unique vibe. Whether you are going on a first date, or a night out with your BFF you are sure to enjoy yourself! They also project old movies onto the wall which serves as an awesome conversation starter.

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17. Garlic's // London

If you're looking for a place to take a mouthwatering Instagram, this is your spot. Garlic's is known for their beautiful plating and flavourful dishes. Their staff are also extremely attentive and personable!

18. Ambiyan // Markham

What's better than awesome Indian food on a gorgeous patio? Nothing. Ambiyan has very competent staff that will make sure your dining experience is like no other! Be sure to make reservations, this place gets packed very quickly!

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