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!


HAMBRGER
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.


Pokeh
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


Mesa
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?

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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RECAP: Milestones Red Hill Tasting Event, “Our Story”

Milestones Red Hill

787 Paramount Drive

Hamilton, ON

During the Summer, Hamilton Small Fries was invited to an exclusive menu tasting at Milestones in Stoney Creek. Along with other Hamilton food bloggers and media, we were showered with delicious sneak peeks of appetizers, starters, mains, dessert and wine pairings.

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Even though this was a Milestones event, we are still going to structure this review the same way we do any of our Hamilton restos!

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So first lets talk logo…

Logo

Their logo is chic, stylish and bold – just like their food and their decor. We dig it!

Food and reviews

Mango Chili Shrimp
with Asian slaw and mango dressing
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This was definitely a dish we would both order again. The shrimp was crispy and coated in a mouth-watering mango dressing. Paired with the light salad, it’s a dish you won’t feel guilty about devouring.

Smoked Chicken Bucatini Carbonara
Double smoked bacon and sweet peas
Served with The Dreaming Tree Chardonnay, North Coast – California

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Bacon? Did someone say bacon? Well actually, this carbonara was topped with speck – a smoked, prosciutto-like bacon. The thicker pasta noodles were a nice change from the typical spaghetti noodle. It was creamy and filling and we will definitely be going back for more.

Ahi Tuna Tataki Salad

Arugula and mandarin orange salad
Served with Mark West Pinot Noir, California

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This was Lindsay’s favourite dish on the menu and Heather’s least favourite. Ha, do you think we’re different or what?

Heather is not a tuna fan, while Lindsay loves it so much she is close to starting a Facebook page dedicated to it. A little much? Not for this arugula and mandarin orange tuna masterpiece.

Tomato Sugo Halibut
Quinoa pilaf and smoked tomatoes
Served with Kim Crawford Pinot Gris, Marlborough – New Zealand

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Okay so this was Lindsay’s least favourite dish. There was just the right amount of spice but nothing much else. We thought it was the most bland of all the dishes with quinoa, halibut and chickpeas – though you could tell it was made with fresh, real ingredients…which we love!

Filet Mignon
Pesto cheddar potatoes, red wine jus
Served with The Dreaming Tree Crush, California

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Heather’s favourite! The pesto cheddar mashed potatoes were to-die-for. Heather has proclaimed she could eat them all day!

The steak was high quality and cooked to perfection with the red wine jus that accompanied it. We would have preferred a bit less spice on the steak, but we would order it again and again for the potatoes alone.

Peanut Butter & Jelly Pot Au Creme
Dark chocolate and chantilly
Served with coffee or tea

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Heather is not a PB&J fan, so Lindsay will cover this review. The creamy peanut butter and jelly dessert with dark chocolate was the perfect way to end this 6 course meal. It was a heavy dessert so probably not the best choice for after a big meal. Our advice: order something lighter and end the night with this sweet treat.

Atmosphere

The atmosphere at Milestones is classy and upscale. It’s contemporary and unique design make it the perfect place for dates and work dinners.

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Brand

Hamilton Small Fries usually only reviews local Hamilton restaurants – you know, more of the mom and pop shops. We typically don’t review chain restaurants. But at the end of the day, this is still a Hamilton restaurant providing jobs to Hamiltonians with local owners. Their brand is clearly laid out – this is a place to ‘celebrate all of life’s milestones.’ Their guest-centric attitude and stylish decor make it a go-to for anniversaries, birthdays, dates and more!

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Social Media Campaign

Twitter – https://twitter.com/milestones5242

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Milestones-Bar-Grill/167197003299550?fref=ts

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We loved the work they were doing on twitter, and the fact that they were reaching out to the Hamilton blogging community. We noticed they seem to have petered out on the tweeting quite a bit. Our suggestions would be to boost that back up and claim the Facebook page! The folks of Hamilton want to hear what you’re up to!

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Side note: They also gifted us with these cute little presents when we left. How did they know we were tea lovers?! Thanks Milestones Red Hill!

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 Been to Milestones Red Hill? Review it with us!

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