Butcher and the Vegan

Butcher and the Vegan

61 Barton Street E

Hamilton, ON 

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After visiting Butcher and the Vegan on our first Hamilton Food Tour, we couldn’t stop thinking about and planning our next visit. Shout out to their Beet Fries and their Mushroom Crostinis! We were impressed and ready for more. Lindsay was all about celebrating Friendship Day with her besties, so three of us (Small Fries + Brittany) ended up celebrating the day foodie-style at Butcher and the Vegan.

Logo

Butcher and the Vegan has two different forms of their logo. The ‘B&V’ seen outside and the written out version. They mesh well – black on white, bold fonts.

B&V is making an impact on their neighbourhood. It only makes sense that their logo would be impactful as well.

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Food & Reviews

For the table we chose:

Lindsay’s go-to, Beet Salad. She is crazy about Beet Salad and orders it at almost every restaurant. Seriously, tweet her for the best Beet Salads in Hamilton. She will eat all of them. And she’ll post about them. You won’t be disappointed. Anyways, we digress.

This beet salad was definitely up there in the ‘best of’ list. But really, we would have ordered it just for the food porn. Look at how colourful this freakin’ plate is!
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Steak Frites with Asparagus. Lindsay ordered this main. The steak was slightly overdone for her taste, but it was still amazing nonetheless. She didn’t complain, but we’re 100% positive they would have given her a new one if she had. But the flavours were mouth-watering. Just writing this makes her want to get it again. Like .. right now…

Anywho, her only complaint was that there was too much (yes, we said too much) food on the plate. It was hard to cut the steak because it was piled on the fries.

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Fig, Duck and Arugula Flatbread Pizza. Brittany had this butcher’s pizza. I mean – look at it. That’s what we really love about B&V – the food not only tastes amazing, it looks amazing. It had this delicious sweet taste to it. It was also really good cold the next day.

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Wild Mushroom Risotto – Our fabulous waiter suggested we order the risotto, which was his personal fave that week. We went with the non-vegan version – you can get it made either way – which was made with cream and some sort of cheese. We were so happy we went with this suggestion.

Risotto is often hit and miss, and often will be crazy strong with wine or cheese. This one had a perfect balance. It was rich and creamy. With the earthy flavour of the wild mushrooms and the sweet crunch of the carrot (?) topping, this was a perfect dish.

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Watermelon Sorbet – While we were there we also heard that one of the kitchen staff had been working hard on perfecting his Sorbet recipe. Of course, this meant we had to get dessert. (Right….that’s the reason..;)…)

Yum. This sorbet was like eating a frozen watermelon. Only way classier. Heather ordered it, but being friendship day, shared with Lindsay and Brittany as well.

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Atmosphere

When you think of where to find higher-end, local culinary gems – Barton and John isn’t exactly the first place that comes to mind.  (Though a renaissance is beginning!)

In our minds, Butcher and the Vegan is not the norm for when you think of Barton street. It’s a cute little space decorated in bright colours. With mismatched chairs, mahogany wood and blackboard signs, it’s lowkey and comfortable. B&V is a diamond in the rough.

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Brand

Butcher and the Vegan has a strong focus on bringing all ingredients in from a 100 mile radius. This means you may pay a bit more for your meal, but we promise – it’s worth it. You’re eating fresh, you’re eating local, and you can feel good about it.

B&V’s aim is to make a space that is meatatarian, vegetarian and vegan friendly. If you bring a group to this resto, you’re going to be able to order a proper meal for everyone.

Oh, and they try to make you really feel at home. Which is why you can find action-figures and other toys on every table. Check out Brittany and cold Spidey!

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Social Media Campaign

Facebook – Butcher and the Vegan

Twitter – BandtheV

Instagram – butcherandthevegan

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No complaints on the social media front. Whoever manages the B&V social media accounts, they’re doing a great job. They have enough posts to be engaging, without overwhelming their online community. Plus there’s tons of menu info and some great food porn!

Suggestions

We don’t have many suggestions for Butcher and the Vegan, to be honest! If they keep doing what they’re doing – ROCKIN’ IT – we foresee that word of mouth will get them far!

Have you been to Butcher and the Vegan? Review it with us in the comments below!
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Paramount Fine Foods

Paramount Fine Foods
1441 Upper James Street,
Hamilton, ON

Do you love middle-eastern food? Well if your palate is anything like ours, Paramount was calling your name as soon as it opened!

Located on Upper James in the old Lick’s building, this market-style/family atmosphere resto is always busy, always friendly and always delicious.

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Logo

Their logo, a globe and their symbolic “P”, is reminiscent of the cultural and worldly aspect that they bring to the city. We think their logo is great for the clientele they’re looking to reach.

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Atmosphere

At Paramount Fine Foods, there are two different design styles that greet you on entry. One element is a family-friendly grab-and-go style and the other is an elegant, extravagant feel.  Family-friendly elements include things such as pre-made meals for pick up, chalk board menu boards and a ball pit for the kids. The elegant side of the design includes decor like crystal ball chandeliers and an indoor waterfall wall.

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We also loved how it was comfortable enough for families; though the ball pit kind of threw us off . However, we did love seeing a prayer room!

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Food

Lindsay – I ordered the fattoush salad and the Zatar Manakeesh. Oh my goodness. I have ordered these items from other places before but nothing compares to Paramount. Somehow I managed to eat only a quarter of my manakeesh so that I could save some for the next day. It was so good I went back days later with the boyfriend. (And have been back many times since).

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Heather – Since it’s one of my faves .. I also ordered the Fattoush salad (playing it safe, I know!), but I tried something new with the Sausage with Cheese Manakeesh. The Sausage Manakeesh had some strong spices in it that I wasn’t sure about, but for someone who loves cumin this would be a dream come true. Loved the Fattoush as always!

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Brand

Paramount Fine Foods is just that – fine food! We can tell the focus is around the experience of eating – and we think that comes across.

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Social Media Campaign

We love Paramount’s Social Media Campaign! They have a tremendous web presence and we think it’s definitely paying off for them – word of mouth customers are a regular occurrence at Paramount.

Website – www.paramountfinefoods.com

Facebook – Paramount Fine Foods 

Twitter – @ParamountFoods 

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Recommendations

We like the idea of ordering at a counter for take out but we definitely think they should consider servers for the clientele dinning in. It’s a great way to up-sell and get your customers to spend more.

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The Burnt Tongue

The Burnt Tongue 

10 Cannon Street East, 

Hamilton, Ontario

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We all know that the second you take a big gulp of that too-hot soup, coffee, tea, whatever … you are in for a burnt tongue – which might be one of the worst things ever, maybe only second to brain freeze. But don’t let this soup restaurant’s name fool you; ‘Burnt Tongue’ will be the best thing that has happened to your mouth in a while.

We’ve both been huge fans of this place since it first opened and are excited to finally share a blog post with you! Meaning, we finally put down our spoons and started typing.

Using our normal template, let’s take a look!

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Logo

We absolutely love the logo. We don’t know if this was intentional or not, but to us it totally looks like a burnt stovetop! The design works really with their concept.

The name is cheeky and fun and is definitely a name restaurant-goers will remember.

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Atmosphere

The Burnt Tongue reminds us so much of Seinfeld’s ‘Soup Nazi’. (Don’t worry, the folks at B.T. are a lot friendlier!) Burnt Tongue offers 6 soups daily and it’s first come first-serve. And with the downtown core swarming with workers at lunchtime, the chances of nabbing your favourite soup at dinner might be slim. But that is all the fun!

You walk in and are greeted with friendly faces and an array of delicious soup. Burnt Tongue’s menu also offers Belgian Fries (our favourite) and burgers. But for any newcomer to the resto, we definitely suggest sampling the soup.

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The place is dimly lit, with rustic features such as barn board walls and mason jar lighting and with your soup in hand, you feel warm and comforted.

Food

Lindsay – I got a super secret soup that wasn’t on the menu! It was a Jamaican Pumpkin soup and it was fantastically delicious.

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When you order a soup you also get the choice of a side – apple, bun or veggies. This time I opted for the delicious bun and of course, a side of small fries. They have an array of drinks to choose from and also offer free self-serve water.

I can honestly say that Burnt Tongue has the best soup I have EVER tasted. Sorry Grandma…

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Heather – This visit at Burnt Tongue (there has been many, many times before for both Lindsay and I. Haha.), I tried their Chili Con Carne with Sour Cream and Cheddar. It was the perfect thickness I like in a chili and – of course – absolutely delicious! If I ever get a chance to try this specialty again, I definitely will. I also got the Belgian fries as a side… we’re the Hamilton Small Fries – did you expect any less?!

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Their fries remind me of my favourite fry truck at the Christmas tree farm where I go every year, only even better if you can believe it. Absolutely amazing!

After all that spicy, yummy chili, I cooled my tongue down with a Rudy’s paleta. I tried the vanilla coconut paleta with chocolate fudge throughout. Can’t go wrong with Rudy’s.

Brand

#SoupOnt #HamOnt

Their brand is clear; it really is all about soup.

Co-owners Leo Tsangarakis and Daniel Robinson set out for an industrial style soup kitchen that will appeal to the professional and creative crowds of the James St N area.

Eat-in or take it in a coffee cup to go, they take comfort food to the next level.

With mouth-watering options, fresh local ingredients and a kick ass attitude – Burnt Tongue will become your favourite stop! (Ask Leo – we have visited 4 times in a one week time span!)

They also offer Rudy’s Paletas that work perfectly into their Burnt Tongue brand. They suggest Rudy’s for dessert to cool your Burnt Tongue. Again, cheeky advertising that we love.

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We think it was time Hamilton got a good soup place and with it’s recent success we see other restos really trying to ride the Burnt Tongue soup wave. Bravo Burnt Tongue!

Social Media

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theburnttongue
Twitter: @Theburnttongue
Instagram: @theburnttongue
Website: None that we could find.

We love Burnt Tongue’s use of Twitter and Facebook!

Looking to check out their menu for the day? Facebook or Instagram is the place to go.

Want to chat with Leo and Dan about your Burnt Tongue experience? Check them out on Twitter! They are awesome to chat with and we love the use of #SoupOnt and #HamOnt.

We definitely suggest setting up a website – wordpress is really easy! Give a brief description of your place, where to find you, a section on Rudy’s and link to your Facebook and Twitter to keep up with your ever changing menu and great community chats!

We do think Facebook pages are beginning to replace websites for the younger crowds, but having a website with your general information is a huge must for when people google you.

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Recommendations

I think this is one of the first places where really … we don’t have one! We think Burnt Tongue is doing everything right and is succeeding at becoming the best soup place in #HamOnt.

If we’d have to say anything we would suggest getting a website up and running. Other than that, keep doing what you’re doing Leo and Dan!

As a side note: It’s also Leo’s birthday this weekend! Be sure to message him with some well wishes. Happy Birthday, Leo!

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