Bucky’s Best Bets

Support Your Local Independent Businesses!

As a small business and a consumer in the Halton area, I’m constantly looking for reliable, quality suppliers for my office and home. It’s a jungle out there, with lots of phoney endorsements that are really paid advertising, and conflicted referrals by those who get something back for themselves if they bring you to their associate. So, I thought I would offer some gratuitous recommendations on suppliers and restaurants I’ve used with success. They may or may not be clients of mine (most are not); none have asked to be included; none were asked for permission or anything in return, nor was anything offered by them to me; if I have a misadventure or disappointment with any of them, they’ll be dropped from this listing. If I haven’t used a place for a couple years, I also delete them. My criteria:

  • good value for money
  • integrity
  • cheerful, attentive service when needed
  • reliability & consistency
  • dealing well with mistakes – theirs or mine
  • local – Oakville or nearby

Here’s Bucky’s Best Bets (in Oakville, unless specified otherwise):


Pasquale’s Trattoria, Lakeshore Road West, Oakville (across from my office) http://www.pasqualestrattoria.ca/ This is now my fave restaurant, everything is very, very good, elegantly simple, Pasquale is great host.Highly recommended.

Trattoria Timone – next to AMC on Winston Churchill, was downtown, all entrees & service are excellent, esp. osso buco, rack of lamb, fish – http://trattoriatimone.ca/
Oliver’s of Oakville, Lakeshore – always very good – http://oliversofoakville.com/
Stoney’s Bread Company, 321 Kerr St. South – fantastic sandwiches & salads, great Brunch on Sunday – 905-849-3672
J.A.C.’s Bistro – 379 Kerr St., 905-582-2664 – order pasta special – http://www.jacsbistro.com
Salad Thai, on Kerr – go for lunch, pure, simple dishes, curries are mild –http://www.saladthai.com/
Avani – Brampton – Wow! – order the biryani, best Indian food – http://www.avani.ca/home.asp
Abbey Arms – 4th Line & N. Service Rd. for suicide wings, flatbread pizza, steak salad (but needs a reno)
Yame Sushi – 339 Kerr St. – order sashimi lunch, best sushi consistently – http://www.yamesushi.com
Gingerman Social Eatery – 335 Kerr St. – unique burgers & sandwiches, good service, nice vibe – http://www.gingermansocialeatery.ca/
El Spero Restuarant, Lakeshore & Bronte area – family bistro, old timey food – (905) 827-4851.
50’s Diner – 4th Line & Speers Rd – large, super smoked meat sandwiches, soups & breakfasts.
The Mermaid and Oyster – 351 Kerr St. – great scallop salad –http://www.mermaidandoyster.com
Justino’s Wood Oven Pizza – 125 Kerr St – our local go-to place for lunch, everything is excellent: pizza, pasta, meatballs, great service – http://www.justinospizza.ca/

Florence on Speers – try the biltong, great steaks & lamb – http://www.florencemeats.com/

Car Repairs, Tires:
MTC Oakville, Speers Rd – Howard will take great care of your car; check out deals on wheels, tires & go-fast equipment – http://www.mtctire.ca/
Da Silva Racing, Scarberia – worth the drive – http://mustangtoystore.com/ws/
Miltowne Collision – Top notch work by Lance – 9-751 Main St., East, Milton, Ontario –http://www.miltownecollision.ca

ISP, Web Designer & Hosting:
Brett Gillette at Enterprise Intelligence is our new website guy, recommended.

PC Support:
ACS I.T. Professionals, ask for Andrew – I use all Mac for my desktop, laptops, iPhone, iPad, so I don’t need support for it other than online boards, but I have to have a PC laptop for my accounting system, and it crashes on command from MS. I call Andrew at 905.815.1888, 1200 Speers Rd., Oakville; http://www.acs.ca

Office Security:
HARP Security – it’s like having the police around the corner, super conscientious –http://www.harpsecurity.com/

Computechniques – Janice Tobia is rock solid.

Business Accounting:
Steve Farnham is my C.A. – ’nuff said – http://www.farnhamco.ca/profiles.html

Business Tax Advice:
Richard Weber, SB Partners, Burlington: https://sbpartners.ca/people/richard-weber/

Specialist Expertise:
I bring in Jim Henderson, of the downtown employment boutique firm, Kuretzky Vassos, when I need HR expertise on a file. He’s practical, not outrageously expensive, and very responsive. – http://www.kuretzkyvassos.com/
I use Tibor Sarai: (905) 287-2205 & Marlon Roefe: (905) 333-0095 for litigation.

Ladies Hair:
Salon Venere – a Glen Abbey stalwart for many years; #220, 1122 Dorval Dr., Oakville
http://www.salonvenere.com, 905.847.1222.

Next Optical, Speers Rd. – Bo provides great service – http://www.next-optical.ca/

Dr. Perry Amos – he is thorough and uses latest tech; #300, 1235 Trafalgar Rd.;
http://www.oakvilleoptometry.com; 905.842.1510.

Dr. Agatha Bis – we’ve been happy clients for decades, hygenists & other stuff is always very conscientious, too; #220, 710 Dorval Dr. – http://www.smilesbybis.com

Total Health, Nottinghill Mall – Christine delivers excellent service – 905-825-2560

Wood (nice & rare stuff):
Exotic Woods, Burlington – friendly, knowledgeable, wide selection – http://www.exotic-woods.com

Garage Door Repair:
ADM Garage Doors – Alistair MacKenzie practices old style workmanship; the brogue is free! – 844-5602

Wide-Sized Shoes:
Miller’s Shoes, James St., skuzzy area of Hamilton – but great selection of wide shoes, good quality – http://www.millershoes.com/
New Balance Oakville, 8th Line & Uppermiddle Rd. – for wide runners – http://www.newbalancetoronto.ca/oakville.asp

Abbey Plumbing – Scott is reasonable and reliable.

Natural Gas Services:
Halton Gas Services, Robert Chautems – responsive, reliable, reasonable – 905-875-0915.

Snowblowers, etc.:
Cliff’s Lawn & Garden Equipment – Morden Rd., just north of my office, old fashione (in a good way) shop – http://www.cliffslawn.com/

Basement Repair:
G.J. MacRae Foundation Repair – http://www.wetbasements.com

Dog Grooming:
Debonair Dog, Deane St. off of Kerr St. – reasonable and follows instructions; Mark is a pretty good artist, too – 905-849-4376.

Abbey Animal Hospital, Nottinghill Plaza – have used for many years, Dr. Geoff Beck really cares

Pet Food, Etc.:
Canadian Pet Connection, 3rd Line & Upper Middle mall: http://www.canadianpetconnection.com/

Personal Banking:
We all know that all the big banks are the same, and the only thing that matters is the individuals in your branch. I use BMO at the North Service Rd. branch near Dorval Dr. in Oakville, and Jeffrey Justin, Financial Services Manager, has taken good care of us with mortgages and loans, etc.