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

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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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Hillbilly Heaven

Hillybilly HeavenThis week’s review is a bit strange – we’re reviewing a restaurant that’s now closed. Because the review was already written before it closed,  we’d like to post it anyway.

A couple of weeks ago, we were in the mood for a messy, Southern style dinner. So naturally, we decided to visit one of my favorite Southern restaurants, Hillbilly Heaven. They used to have two locations (one on upper James, the other on King St. East), but have more recently closed down the mountain location and, as of this posting, just closed their King St. location. That may not seem like a good indication, but see what we have to say… Continue reading

Boo’s Bistro

A few weeks ago, we celebrated our two year anniversary. To mark the occasion, we visited one of our favourite restaurants in Hamilton – Boo’s Bistro on 164 James St. South.

Hidden away amongst bartending schools and dance studios, this hidden gem offers a constantly changing menu of excellent quality meats and fish with an exotic twist. From the website:

Vibulan Aria is known as Chef Boo. The creator of feelings and flavours of the Far East to the West, referred to as “Fusion Cuisine”. Boo brings an ethnic flare to food that people love. He has a special ability to meld ethnic with continental cuisines that separates him from the rest.

According to our server,  Vibulan is from Malaysia and originally came to Canada to train as an accountant. We’re delighted he went down the chef route instead! Continue reading

The Whistling Walrus

Whistling Walrus, Hamilton, ON The Whistling Walrus is a “British Restaurant & Pub” at 1508 Upper James St., Hamilton, Ontario. We decided to check it out after finding a deal on WagJag.com.

After a little more research, we found that The Whistling Walrus won the gold medal for “Best Pub Food” by the local View Magazine, as well as a silver medal for their In House Nachos and their “Fresh PEI Mussels.” It certainly sounds good – The Hamilton area has a pretty decent selection of pubs with good food, so “best pub food” is a pretty big deal! Let’s dive in… Continue reading