King William Street is undergoing so many changes and the most recent addition is FSH & CHP. In complete contrast to their brother next door (HAMBRGR), FSH & CHP focuses on the fresh goodies from the ocean. The bright space only fits about 20 people, so expect to wait on busy days. Inside, you’ll find white paneling with cute nautical decor, I super duperly love the Edison light bulbs with rope weaving throughout the chandelier. It might get a bit stuffy while you eat but you can escape to the washroom to cool down (the AC game is strong in there).

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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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Serve Ping Pong Lounge

Situated in the busy area of King Street East, Serve Ping Pong is a space with 10,000 sq. ft. of entertainment and good eats. What once used to be the Hamilton Spectator Building, they have transformed the desolate space into a modern lounge fully equipped with brand spanking new ping pong tables, an eating area, a private room, and a beautiful bar. The hardwood floors, wooden pillars, decorative ceilings, and brick walls transport you back to simpler times. Once you step in, you’d be amazed at the amount of open space. It’s perfect for large parties and functions, plus it’s at a convenient location. The space is divided into dine/play and dine/drink. If you’re not interested in the intense sport of table tennis, their menu is worth checking out. Instead of going to the usual route and serving typical lounge and bar snacks, they’ve stepped it up with some creative effort!Read More »

The Beer Battered Haddock 2 pieces | $14.95

Gord’s Place

This sports bar is located right by the municipal buildings in Downtown St. Catharines. There is also plenty of parking on the street right outside the restaurant. Situated in a corner lot, Gord’s Place also has a patio in front of the building. The restaurant is spacious with the bar and dining area on the left and pool tables on the right. We were seated at the high tables in front of the bar with plenty of TVs to distract me from my company.Read More »

Hutch’s Harbour Front

If you’ve ever visited Bayfront Park in Hamilton, then you’ve probably heard of or seen Hutch’s Harbour Front. The little fish and chips shack sits right at the intersection of Bay Street and Harbour Front Drive – the entrance to Bayfront park/parking lot. It overlooks the bay area and marina. There is seating inside and outside, and the patio is great in the summer to enjoy the weather and delicious food. Other than fish and chips, they also serve burgers, hot dogs and ice cream.

325 Bay St N, Hamilton  |  Map

Fish and Chips | $7
Fish and Chips | $7

Michelle and I came here for lunch and we sat on the patio under the shade from a giant tree. I got their fish and chips. The fish was piping hot, delicious, and crispy. The batter was thin and it allowed the tender, delicious fish shine through. They had packets of tar tar sauce for the fish, oh god, that was good too. The plate was loaded with fries, but when I got to it they were soggy. I’m just a slow eater.

Michelle ordered a hot dog with a side of fries. We enjoyed our food on a breezy summer afternoon and took a relaxing walk along the waterfront after our meal.

The Bayfront/Harbour front is a wonderful place to take a walk, ride a bike, or go for a jog. The paved trail runs along the water where you’ll see a bit of wildlife – including swans, fish and families of ducks and geese. The area under the bridge, by Princess Point is a popular place for casual fishers. By the east end of the trail, past the marinas, you can find William’s Cafe, ice cream, Sarcoa restaurant and an ice/rollerblading rink (ice skating in the winter and rollerblading in the summer).

The Ship

Located on Augusta Street, the cozy pub serves delicious burgers, fish and chips, sandwiches, late night snacks and a selection of craft beer. The Ship and some of the restaurants on Augusta Street are revamped houses, so seating is super limited. It sits with a few other red-brick buildings with their own patio space leading to the restaurants. Inside, you’ll find a lot of nautical decor and craft beer propaganda on the walls, a few tables and a bar. There is also patio space in the backyard area and a lounge on the second floor.Read More »