Brown Dog Coffee

BrownDogCoffeeHamiltonJust a quick post from me today, as Rory is off gallavanting in California!

Last weekend we checked out the newest coffee shop to open on Locke Street, Brown Dog Coffee. Is it just me, or is Locke becoming overrun with cafés? There’s Johnny’s, Starbucks, Democracy, and now this new addition. Admittedly, Brown Dog is setting itself apart from the rest with a huge premises, beer on tap and in house fritterie.

While Brown Dog is a chain (I believe Hamilton is their 7th location), they’re trying very hard to be quirky and original. Too hard? Continue reading

Jack & Lois

Jack & LoisIt seems that recently, Hamilton has become a locus of excellent burgers. With offerings like Chuck’s Burger Bar, the Chef’s Wagon, and The Works, it’s hard to complain about the local burger world. This week, we’re reviewing one of the lesser-known burger (and breakfast) joints on James St. North, Jack & Lois. Despite being open for over two years, I only found out about Jack & Lois last fall when some visiting friends, back from a year of travelling, chose it as a meet up spot for some beers. I only had drinks on that particular visit, but the menu was exciting enough that I made a note to get back there and try the food as soon as possible. Well, it took longer than I was planning, but Nicole and I finally made it out recently for my birthday dinner, and we weren’t disappointed.

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Kushi Yaki

Kuhsi Yaki Sushi, Hamilton It’s funny – I’m originally from Maine, but for most of my life, I HATED seafood. If you brought fish, lobster, or shellfish anywhere near me, the smell would make me gag. I know – what a waste to be surrounded by such excellent seafood and not eat any of it! Fast forward to today and the word “sushi” will perk up my ears from a mile away! Well, not a mile; not unless you were yelling through a megaphone. Really, it would perk up my ears if you were within earshot.

So far, I’ve been lucky enough to try sushi in Maine, Vancouver, Toronto, Hamilton, and even the Tsukiji fish market at 5 AM in Tokyo! This week we’ll be reviewing one of Hamilton’s All You Can Eat (AYCE) sushi restaurants, Kushi Yaki on King St. East.

I should note that Kushi Yaki was previously called Sushi Star, and seems to have been re-branded. I say re-branded rather than “a new restaurant” because despite the Kushi Yaki sign in the picture above, the windows and order slips still say “Sushi Star.” Continue reading

Jacob Wirth

Jacob WirthThis past weekend, Nicole and I visited Boston to see Jim Gaffigan. Despite growing up in New England, I haven’t spent all that much time in Boston. So, I asked my friend Mike, for some recommendations on things to do and places to eat at and atop his list was a German restaurant named Jacob Wirth right near the theater. And after our last post on pretzel bread, we might as well keep the German theme going! The visit was made particularly special because most of my family joined for the dinner (and the whole weekend)!

Apologies for the photo quality, but we were stuck using the cell phone again for our pictures. Nicole just got a new camera so we’ll have to start remembering to take that with us! Continue reading

Boston Beer Works

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As it’s coming close to Christmas, we’ve decided to start publishing some reviews of places we visited during the year that we’ve been sitting on til now. We hope that these might be helpful to anyone travelling during the festive period. This week: Boston Beer Works in, you guessed it, Boston!

It will begin to become clear as more blog posts go up, but you’ll see that I have a bit of a soft spot for brew pubs. I love restaurants that brew their own beer, and even more, when they use that beer in their dishes. This week is just such a place – the Boston Beer Works!

This week’s review will be a bit of a departure from the norm in two ways. First, as the restaurant name suggests, we’re leaving Hamilton and stopping off in Boston! I’ve decided to post the review now before people start travelling for the holidays in case they past through Boston hungry.  Second, the review is not quite as complete as I’d like – I was on a trip without Nicole and reviewed the place on my own. Unfortunately, that meant I wasn’t able to sample more than one dish. No matter!

Boston Beer Works is located in Terminal C of Logan Airport in Boston, Massachusetts. At least, the location I went to. I found out afterwords that they’ve got seven locations around Boston, and the earliest location has been open since 1992, so Boston seems to like this restaurant! Continue reading

Alirang Korean Restaurant

Alirang Korean RestaurantThis week, I decided to give a visit to a restaurant that opened just down the street from me at the corner of Main and Locke , Alirang Korean Restaurant. It’s been open for a few months now and I’ve been meaning to try it. Unfortunately, I’m quite unfamiliar with Korean food and didn’t feel like I had the expertise to review the food. Well, lucky for me my good friend Mark, who spent two years teaching English in Korea, was kind enough to join me for dinner and help with today’s review.

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