Burger’s Priest

I had my first Burger’s Priest at their Queen Street location in Toronto about two years ago. When they decided to open up shop in Hamilton, I was like, “WHAT, Hamilton? *heart eye emoji*” Yea, yea another burger chain joint. But they do it right with a touch of sexiness. Their Hamilton location is located at Upper James and Rymal, in the same plaza as Shoppers Drugmart and State and Main.Read More »

Pokeh

Canada’s first eatery to serve pokē is located right here in the heart of Hamilton, the Farmers’ Market. Sometimes it can be a maze down there: enter through the doors on Wilson Street, turn right to go to the lower level by using the ramp, continue going straight all the way down the hallway to the ‘Real Food Court’. Turn left and you’ll see Eat Industry‘s wall mural for their ramen bar and across the aisle you’ll find Pokeh! Salar and Jeannie of Meat Ventures have extended their passion and love of food from their successful food truck adventure to this creative and tasty concept of pokē.Read More »

Anchor Bar

Did you know the original restaurant where the Buffalo wing was invented opened up in Hamilton recently? They’ve been here, in Jackson Square, for a couple of years! Originating from, of course, Buffalo, NY, the restaurant is proud of its history. Anchor Bar just renovated the dining area and plan to spruce up their roof-top patio for the summer months. The restaurant can be accessed at street level off King Street West across from the Art Gallery of Hamilton, or inside Jackson Square across from the LCBO. The interior is spacious with grey walls, flatscreens, and a pizza station in the middle. There’s a modern sports bar vibe in this family-friendly environment, perfect for a casual dinner watching your favourite sports teams duke it out.

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Mesa

If you miss the good ole days of Mex-I-Can, you’ll be happy to know that the chef is back on James Street North! I found out about Mesa during Supercrawl when they were handing out samples of salsa and guacamole. The chef was going to start her new venture after the closing of their original location. Of course I was excited to hear the news and I put them on my EAT HERE ASAP list. They opened in November 2015 and I gave them a few months to get into the swing of things.Read More »

The Works Burger

I’ve been meaning to check out The Works ever since my friend, Bobby, recommended it to me. Back then, I only knew of their Guelph location but now they’ve opened two locations in Hamilton. I was invited to check out the ‘Get Stuff’d’ menu and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on those burgers. On their regular menu, they have tons of burger combinations (41 to be exact) and toppings for you to choose from. Of course, you can create your own masterpiece or choose from their recipes.Read More »

Southern Smoke Barbecue House

You’ve probably  seen the Southern Smoke Truck driving around Hamilton and Toronto, well, they opened a restaurant! Their concept of ‘pit-to-table’ is permanently at 201 Ottawa Street North. Just a few doors down from Black Sheep and Except for Kenneth, Southern Smoke Barbecue House occupies a large space with an open kitchen, dining area, ordering counter, and a hand-washing station (because we all know how messy BBQ food can get!). Take out is available but if you can’t wait to dig into some southern comfort food there is plenty of seating too. This is a super casual restaurant where you order food at the counter before you sit down. Basically a fast food joint with better food. They are also licensed so you can enjoy a pint or two or three with your hardy meal.Read More »

Bangkok Spoon Deluxe

Bangkok Spoon Deluxe

Bongkok Spoon Deluxe is located in the charming town of Dundas, right on King Street West. It’s easy to find with street parking all around. The quaint and historic-looking stores on King Street sell clothing, specialty food, and local crafts. Restaurants and cafes are also scattered throughout. While most storefronts have classic Victorian architecture with large windows and stone detail, Bangkok Spoon stands out with a modern look and feel using reddish-brown wood paneling. Inside, you’ll find a spacious dining area with good taste. Elements of authentic Thai décor enhance the room creating a classy and approachable atmosphere.Read More »

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Lake Road Grand Opening Gala

Hamilton’s restaurant scene is booming and expanding so quickly, I can barely keep up. Well, actually, I can’t keep up. Lake Road is one of the newest additions to the popular James Street North nieghbourhood. Owners Chef Dan Megna and Laurie Lilliman, of Twisted Lemon have graced Hamilton with their “refine dining” concept. From Twisted Lemon‘s website, “The driving force behind Twisted Lemon is that, ‘fine dining is great food and great service, and is an experience that all should enjoy’.” This is what you’ll find at Lake Road too!Read More »

Except for Kenneth

Except for Kenneth

Except for Kenneth is an unusual name for a restaurant but if you’ve seen their local advertisements, you’d understand and have a good laugh too. Located on Ottawa Street, the restaurant sits beside its sister restaurant Black Sheep Snack Bar and other local favourites like Canon Coffee and Southern Smoke BBQ House. The space is small with about 30-35 seats. Decor is a collection of eclectic and vintage items with a sailor theme against muted teal walls. Located in the East end of Hamilton, the area is being rejuvenated by new restaurants like Black Sheep and Except for Kenneth. You can also find an interesting collection of vintage stores, hobby stores, bakeries, salons, clothing stores, and the first location of Tim Hortons! It’s a bit out of the way but not far enough for me to explore. It’s also in the same area as the beautiful Gage Park.Read More »