Upcoming Restaurants in #HamOnt

Hamilton is now a foodie city. There’s no denying it. There’s an awesome food joint on every corner and there are new ones opening each day.  With the recent sneak peek of the new Nellie James Too we attended – blog post coming soon – (officially opened Thursday Oct 15th!), along with the grand opening of Serve Ping Pong, we thought we would compile a list of soon-to-be eateries in Hamilton. We’re excited for what’s on the horizon for #HamOnt. We want you to be excited too!

49 King William Street
Hamilton, Ontario, L8R 1A2

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“People are going to spell our name wrong and they’re definitely going to question the choice. Our response will be simple. Simplicity applies to all things and burgers are most definitely not an exception. We get right to the point at HAMBRGR, giving our guests the perfect combination of fresh ingredients, locally brewed and new to market craft beer, culinary artistry and of course, one of the most memorable experiences one can possibly muster in the enriching restaurant culture sweeping over downtown Hamilton. We have all of the elements we need to keep true to our name, now all we need is you. We’ll see you soon, Hamilton.”

Estimate Opening Date: Monday October 26th, 2015.

Follow them on Social Media:
Instagram: @hambrgrhamilton
Twitter: @hambrgrhamilton
Facebook: /hambrgrhamilton
Website: No website as of yet.

Located in the Hamilton Farmer’s Market  (lower level west corner next to Eat Industries, Naked Lunch, Henry Browns Ice Cream – turning into the food corner!)

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From the people who brought us MeatVentures; “Pokeh is going to be Canada’s first Poké bar, serving fresh and healthy Poké bowls with a selection of our signature combinations or the option to build a totally custom bowl just the way you like it. A Poké bowl is a combination of raw ahi tuna or other seafood, soy sauce, sesame oil, green and white onions, and more, over top of rice.  That’s the classic version, and we’ll have a lot of different options and twists that use traditional ingredients as well as seasonal local produce from the Farmer’s market.  We’ll have vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options available.”

Estimated Opening Date: Early November 2015 (no firm date yet)

Follow them on Social Media:
Instagram: @pokehbar
Twitter: @pokehbar
Facebook: /pokehbar
Website: pokeh.ca

Jonny Blonde Kitchen (Brick and Mortar)
664 Concession Street
Hamilton, Ontario

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Jonny Blonde food truck is now expanding into a brick and mortar!

“Jonny and Layal, the worker bees behind Jonny Blonde, are currently planning the opening of Jonny Blonde Kitchen at 664 Concession St., a new take out spot, which will also operate as their catering kitchen. They are starting with serving lunch from Tuesday to Friday 11-3pm, eventually extending the hours to serve dinner and open on Saturdays. Stay tuned to social media for October’s schedule – Jonny Blonde food truck will be serving a limited curbside menu for lunch from 11-3pm on select weekdays throughout October and November until the storefront is open. Including some familiar favourites (aka. the Peachy Blonde), the menu will offer a selection of salads, soups and sandwiches on Jonny’s homemade breads, as well as handmade pasta features.”

Estimate Opening Date: Mid November 2015

Follow them on Social Media:
Instagram: @jonnyblondefoodtruck
Twitter: @jonnyblonde
Facebook: /JonnyBlondeFoodTruck
Website:  JonnyBlonde.com

255 James Street North

Hamilton, ON

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When Mex-I-Can closed their doors on James St N, a collective groan was heard across the #HamOnt art district. Luckily for all of us, they’re launching a new venture on the street with ‘Mesa’! Mesa’s menu offerings will be similar to the old favourites at Mex-I-Can, but with a few tweaks. They chose the name Mesa – which means table in Spanish – because they’re all about welcoming everyone to the table. They plan to be gluten free friendly, as well as vegan, vegetarian and halal. Now that’s something we can get behind!

Estimate Opening Date: To be announced
Follow them on Social Media:
Instagram: @mesahamont
Twitter: @mesahamont
Facebook: /MesaHamilton
Website: None as of yet

Born + Raised
244 James Street N

Hamilton, ON
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More information coming soon!

Estimate Opening Date: Opening 2016. Official date to be announced
Follow them on Social Media:
Instagram: None as of yet
Twitter: None as of yet
Facebook: Born and Raised Restaurant, Hamilton
Website: http://www.bornandraised.restaurant/

Do you know of any restaurants opening in the Hamilton area that we didn’t mention? Share them in the comments below!

Which restaurant are you most excited for?

Collective Arts – Hamilton Store Now Open!

Collective Arts Brewing

207 Burlington St. E.

Hamilton, Ontario

www.collectiveartsbrewing.com / @CollectiveBrew

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Retail storefront at 207 Burlington St. E. in Hamilton, ON selling Collective Arts beer to public.

Craft beer lovers rejoice: Collective Arts officially opened their retail storefront at 207 Burlington St. E. in Hamilton on Tuesday, September 1st. Located at the end of Hamilton’s constantly evolving James St. N., the store opened just in time for the Labour Day long weekend and the James Street North Supercrawl.

The entire lineup of Collective Arts beer is available for purchase.  Beer will be sold in 750mL growlers, 6-packs of bottles, and kegs. New brews and tall cans coming soon.

Guests to Collective Arts’ retail store will be able to sample the beer portfolio and pick up some Collective Arts merchandise. Completing the experience is a bottle gallery featuring Collective Arts’ unique artist labels as well as a mural done by Nick Sweetman and Peru Dyer Jalea, AKA Peru143, of Montreal’s multi-artist collaborative, EN MASSE.

Store hours are Sundays to Wednesdays, 11:30AM – 7:30PM and Thursdays to Saturdays, 11AM – 10:30PM.

Brewery tours will not start until the official brewery open house, planned for November 2015.

The Collective Arts collection includes:

  • Rhyme & Reason Extra Pale Ale
  • Saint of Circumstance
  • State of Mind Session Ale
  • NEW Ransack The Universe, Hemisphere IPA
  • NEW Stranger Than Fiction Porter

Check out a ‘behind the scenes’ look on the Brewery Launch here: http://hamiltonsmallfries.com/2014/05/18/arts-and-science/

Will you visit the new Collective Arts store in Hamilton? What brew are you most excited to try?


Samuel Adams Social

Samuel Adams Social

March 23rd, 2015

Radius Restaurant

151 James St S, Hamilton, ON L8P 2A2

Hamilton Small Fries took a small break for a while – businesses were started, life changed and Lindsay started eating meat again. Needless to say, a lot has been going on.

But we are excited to get back into the swing of things and what better way to hit the pavement, than with a party!?

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Though we haven’t done a post on Radius yet – stay tuned! – we consider it to be a staple in the Hamilton restaurant scene. One we both frequent often, especially when trying to impress our guests! If you haven’t been to Radius since their new reno, you need to get there! 

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And it’s not just us! Others are taking notice of their foodie ingenuity and brand, including craft beer revolutionaries, Samuel Adams.

Last week, we were lucky to be invited to the Samuel Adams Social taking place at Radius restaurant. This is a part of their Restaurant Takeover Series which was developed to further strengthen the connection between chefs and customers in the food community.

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So clearly, we were all over it! You know how we feel about building strong communities and relationships with #HamOnt. And of course, we love the opportunity to catch up with our blogger friends like I Heart Hamilton’s Kristin!

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The Samuel Adams social was a night of mingling and eating. Our fav thing to do of course. The night’s dishes were mini fish & chips with house tartar (you know we love our fries!), pretzels and beer cheese, mozzarella sticks with Nona’s gravy (Heather’s most absolute fav), house kettle chips and Sam Adam’s all day onion dip and beer braised chicken flat bread with jalapeno, arugula, diced tomato, red onion and garlic yogurt. Was it delicious? Let’s just say we made sure we sat by the food the whole night.

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The star of the night though was Sam Adam’s Boston Lager – which they call their go to beer. This is the brew that started it all, and we can understand why they have been able to build their fan base with this Lager. It’s sweet and light and goes down easy. The perfect beer for enjoying a variety of different dishes.

Now we’re no beer afficionados, but it’s one we’ll definitely stock our fridge with.

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Visit Samuel Adams’ website here: https://www.samueladams.com/

Visit Radius Restaurant’s website here:  http://radius.ca/

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PHOTO CREDIT Jeffrey Chan. Courtesy of Samuel Adams.

Event: Supercrawl 2013

Though Supercrawl 2013 may be over, the memories still live on for Hamiltonians.

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We attended the event this past weekend (as did an estimated 100,000 other people!) and enjoyed the sights, sounds, smells and – of course – tastes Supercrawl had to offer.

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Being the foodies that we are, we gravitated towards the brick and mortar restaurants, food trucks and food stands. Now don’t think we didn’t enjoy the art .. we certainly did with our bellies full. But what really caught our eyes were some art and food collaborations. Check out some of our favourites;

– Anneka’s ‘People Eating Food’ paintings (See more of Anneka’s work HERE.)

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– Laura Hutchings’ ‘Keep Calm & Eat Bacon’ buttons and “Kissing you is better than bacon (and bacon is delicious)” Cards (See more of Laura’s work HERE.)

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– Hotti Biscotti’s decorated Peanut Butter Pops. How could anyone say this isn’t art?! Beautiful AND delicious!(See more Hotti Biscotti products HERE.)

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 Until next year, Supercrawl!

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Did you attend Supercrawl 2013? What was your favourite part?