It’s no secret that Mississauga’s preeminent x-factor is its food scene. There’s so much to love about our city, from Square One Mall to the lake-shore, and it somehow manages to walk the tightrope between giant city and small-town. However the stand-out facet of Mississauga is undoubtedly the food.

Like any great city, Mississauga has more food options than it knows what to do with; if you’re in Port Credit you can dine at The Crooked Cue, Eva’s Original Chimneys, The Brogue Inn, Papa Giuseppe’s, Smoke’s Poutine, Snug Harbour, and more; in Streetsville you have Goodfella’s Pizza, Cagney’s Steakhouse, On-Z-Rocks, Queen’s Fish and Chips and more; if you’re in Clarkson you’ll find Casalinga, Momiji, Solstice, and Capra’s Kitchen, among others; or if you’re downtown you might try Jack Astor’s, The Host, La Carnita, Denny’s, or any Square One’s dozens of eateries.

The point of listing all of that is to show the incredible level of diversity you can find in any area of the city. In that short list of restaurants and eateries we listed, there’s representation for Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Mediterranean, Japanese, Indian, England, America, and, of course, Canada. That’s a real healthy list of countries that make vastly different cuisines, but that only scratches the surface of what is available. You’ll also find Greek, Middle Eastern, Chinese, Polish, Mexican, Cuban, African, and so much more.

So that leaves us wondering: what, if anything, is missing from Mississauga’s food scene? It feels like almost all of the big nations are well represented here in Mississauga, with an emphasis on Italian, Asian, and Middle Eastern cuisine.

A rather glaring hole in the map however, is that of France. There aren’t any French restaurants in Mississauga, although there are a few French bakeries. It seems rather odd that such a big country that loves food is seemingly missing from our food scene, however that’s not really the case. You see, you can find French foods all over the city; whether it’s macaron’s in pastry shops, the crepe or eclair shops in Square One, or dishes like creme brulee, bisque, quiche, escargot, or a wine and cheese board at many high-end restaurants. France doesn’t have a dedicated restaurant of sorts, but it gets lots of representation throughout the city.

The same can’t be said for some other European countries, like Germany, Switzerland, Spain or the Netherlands. Similarly, Scandinavian countries like Sweden, Finland, and Norway are also missing from our food scene. And then there’s a few oddities like Australia, Brazil, Argentina, and more.

So clearly there are still some gaps in Mississauga’s food scene. We have a wonderful array of cuisine in our city but there’s always room for more. The only problem is that the majority of new restaurants that open these days are already well catered to; whether it’s another Italian fine dining or a new ramen shop. Hopefully we start seeing some more unique restaurants pop-up in the near future, whether it’s a dedicated German, Finnish, Brazilian, or even French restaurant. Our food scene is amazing but a little shake-up with a different taste palette surely wouldn’t hurt.