Culinary class act: Bul & Gogi Downtown Korean barbeque is a must try for hungry students on a budget
Mar23

Culinary class act: Bul & Gogi Downtown Korean barbeque is a must try for hungry students on a budget

What is it? If there was a meal to cure a miserable, late winter day, a sizzling stone bowl packed with rice, your favourite meat or tofu, veggies, and kimchi from Bul & Gogi Korean BBQ may be your best choice. Bul & Gogi is an often overlooked dining option when students first begin exploring the James Street North neighborhood. What it lacks in foodie popularity, it more than makes up for in its delicious and generous...

Must-try local Asian restaurants From delicious dinners to desserts, here are some of Hamilton’s excellent Asian food offerings
Mar23

Must-try local Asian restaurants From delicious dinners to desserts, here are some of Hamilton’s excellent Asian food offerings

In addition to the few existing establishments that serve Asian food, restaurants that feature new-wave food trends from Asia such as dessert bars, snack joints and tea houses have been popping up left and right in Hamilton in recent years. These spots may be newly-minted in our Steel City, but have been rife in Asian metropolitan hubs such as Taiwan and Hong Kong for years. It’s nice to see that there are more places for...

New brewers on the block Rust City Brewery hopes to turn their downtown cafe location into a brew pub
Mar23

New brewers on the block Rust City Brewery hopes to turn their downtown cafe location into a brew pub

While there is no shortage of local venues to enjoy local craft beers and coffee, none have aspired to brew their own beer and roast coffee in downtown Hamilton. That is, until the official launch of Rust City Brewery, which had their grand opening on March 16. Located on King William Street, right around the corner from the James and King intersection, the family-operated coffee house and craft beer pub is a stand out amongst other...

Say “chào” to your new go-to New banh mi and ramen shop on Barton Street is just as friendly as their name suggests
Mar17

Say “chào” to your new go-to New banh mi and ramen shop on Barton Street is just as friendly as their name suggests

If you asked Vy Phan and Hung Doan what they studied in school, you would never expect them to say they now run a restaurant. But they are the proud owners of Chào, a new banh mi and ramen restaurant on Barton Street East, just around the corner from James Street North.After moving to Hamilton from Vietnam, both Phan and Doan attended Mohawk College for graphic design and chemical engineering, respectively. “I finished the program and...

What’s special about Hamilton’s coffee scene?  An in-depth look at the Hamilton Coffee Festival and the cafes it celebrates
Mar09

What’s special about Hamilton’s coffee scene? An in-depth look at the Hamilton Coffee Festival and the cafes it celebrates

Wes Griffin and Josh Southern’s friendship began over coffee. Griffin, a local barista, and Southern, a programmer, discussed their common interests in their shared professions and passions while seated next to each other at The Cannon Coffee Company. Fast forward through many café conversations later and the pair began to discuss how to bring their love for the local coffee industry to more people. On March 5 their months of planning...

Culinary class act: Papagayo A downtown winter getaway
Mar09

Culinary class act: Papagayo A downtown winter getaway

What is it It’s difficult to want to do anything at this point in the winter, and, for that matter, the school year. As assignments (and maybe snow from a freak blizzard) pile up, it’s tempting to just hunker down and wait for the grass to turn green again. Until spring arrives though, Papagayo can serve as your replacement for colour, flowers and a bit of excitement. The bright, homey Mexican restaurant stands out from many of the...