As the sixth largest city in the country, Mississauga is seeing quite a boom in urban development such as condominiums, high-rises, public transport and the like. Given that its population is growing as well, all of this makes sense. However, in its maddening quest for progress, it would seem that some iconic places that have shaped Mississauga in the past are faced with uncertainty in their future. One example of such a well-known spot is Wally’s Restaurant.
Located at the intersection of Hurontario and Central Parkway, Wally’s has been the go-to spot for hamburger and steak lovers for almost four decades. Its tradition as a cultural hub has been permanently etched into the history and character of Mississauga. It is a family restaurant; one that takes pride in the fact that it offers delicious meals for as low as $6. Wally’s has free Wi-Fi, a good-sized patio, casual ambience and serves wine and beer.
The thing about this cool eatery is the fact that its design and atmosphere take visitors back to a bygone era. Reminiscent of the ‘70s and ‘80s and even though younger generations aren’t fans of it, the trademark orange seats offer a dash of the past in a time when Mississauga seems to be hurling forward unstoppably. This is complemented by the fact that Wally’s is widely regarded as THE place to go for late night chow. It serves traditional Canadian and American food, with a number of excursions into other cuisines.
Even though Wally’s is not a 24/7 diner, it’s still open late enough to cater to even the most extreme of night owls. Its convenience is its biggest selling point, as if the long hours weren’t indicative enough. It’s a reliable mainstay that’s been around for almost 40 years; folks aren’t expected to go there because of a special dish that’s made better at Wally’s than anywhere else. In reality, it’s an average diner with average prices and a couple of surprises under the hood. And sometimes that’s exactly what you need.
Among such surprises is the fish and chips, for example. Even though it is hardly on the affordable side ($13!), what you get are two large slabs of deep fried fish with a more than generous serving of french fries. Additionally, you receive your order complete with a small container filled with tartar sauce and coleslaw. The meal is quite filling despite not being the traditional version of the fish and chip meal.
Portion sizes are likely the most positive feature at Wally’s. In addition to the aforementioned steaks and hamburgers, other staples include the giant breakfast consisting of 2 toasts, 2 sausages, 2 strips of bacon, 3 eggs and hashbrowns. It will set you back $6.99, which is a good-sized meal for that price. Another fine example of Wally’s that has earned it an easily recognizable reputation is the Chicken Souvlaki Dinner. Make sure to sink your teeth in it if visiting.
If you are planning to visit, however, make sure to do it as soon as possible. This because as of recently, chances are Wally’s will get displaced. A development has been proposed for the area, which could result in the demolition of the restaurant. You might have even noticed some signage indicative of that if you’ve walked by Wally’s.
Should the development go forward, the City of Mississauga has confirmed it will require the demolition of the restaurant. Even though many citizens are complaining in an effort to ensure the restaurant’s survival, its fate is still unknown. So, you better hurry and become part of Wally’s four decade-long history before it’s too late.