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I feel a bit of a 50’s Drive Inn/Happy Days nostalgia, or perhaps Cheers, mingled with the modern comforts of about two dozen flat panel TV screens and attractive decor. It’s a comfortable place. The sports buffs here are also clearly at home.

The food and wine focus are local Ontario, and very fresh. They have big plans to continue finding new discoveries in Ontario wines. Gems you won’t find in LCBO. They’re talking my language!

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I order a pint of Guinness to start. There’s a way to dispense Guinness.  It is properly poured, I might say. Good start.

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We order Southwest Rolls (a hint of spice, and delicious), Pulled Pork Taco with pineapple (excellent), and Avocado Burger (fresh, savoury, and mouth-watering). I am not that easily impressed, so all 3 of the dishes come as a welcome surprise.

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I plan to go back and meet more cool people, enjoy the genuine friendliness and product knowledge of the staff, and try out some of those new wine discoveries.

LOCAL is part of the Tortoise Restaurant Group Inc family, well known for Turtle Jack’s.

Locations:

4155 Fairview Street, Burlington, ON
Telephone: 905-633-9464

2 Fisherman Drive, Brampton, On
Telephone: 905-495-1126

Web: http://mylocalrefuge.com