What’s happening in the Hamilton food scene this February

A lot has been happening in the Hamilton food scene this month. Here are some updates.


May’s Thai Kitchen: Serving authentic Thai food all over Hamilton in the year. They have been doing pop ups throughout the city but now they have officially opened their doors at the Hamilton Farmers’ Market. Find everything from their famous pad Thai to delicious dok jok (lotus blossom cookies) on their menu. They are open at the market Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm Check out their website here: www.maysthakitchen.ca

Shrimp and rice from May's Thai Kitchen newly opened at the Hamilton Farmers' Market.
Shrimp and rice from May’s Thai Kitchen newly opened at the Hamilton Farmers’ Market.May’s Thai Kitchen

ElderCamp: Another addition to the Hamilton Farmers’ Market is ElderCamp. Kathryn Dieroff is the talent behind this business. She is well-versed in anything DIY — from crocheting, woodworking to canning, she does it all. At ElderCamp you will find them specializing in German food that you can eat there or take home. Think “spaetzle and bratwurst with a focus on fermenting, canning and preserving,” Kathryn shared. Follow them on social media to see when they are officially open: www.instagram.com/eldercamp.ca

PinToh Cuisine by Chef Keng: Another restaurant where you can indulge your Thai cravings. This restaurant name might sound familiar to you as they were one of the most beloved Thai restaurants in Burlington. Good news is that they have reopened in Hamilton now. Find them at their new location at 21 John St. N. where they are open daily from 12 pm to 9 pm Find more information about their menu and new location on their Instagram page: www.instagram.com/pintohcuisine

Moo Pla Lah - fried pork with fish paste dip and crudite from PinToh.
Moo Pla Lah – fried pork with fish paste dip and crudite from PinToh.PinToh Cuisine

Artie’s: Used to be Pasta Mercato on Locke Street, they have expanded their current location and rebranded to Artie’s (named after the owners’ son). Find delicious homemade pizza, scones, focaccia and many more delicious goodies. Artie’s is open Wednesday to Friday 8 am to 6:30 pm, Saturday 8 am to 5:30 pm, and Sunday 8 am to 4 pm They sell out quickly so make sure you go early to grab everything you want! Find Artie’s at 170 Locke SS and follow them on their Instagram page here: www.instagram.com/shop.arties

Snack Bar Brand: Brand Snack Bar will be opening up a second location at the new Town Hall Social Eatery located on the Mountain on Concession Street. The Town Hall Social Eatery will house a few different eateries once they open. Now people living closer to the Mountain can enjoy the tapas-style snack foods that Brand Snack Bar is famous for. Follow them on their Instagram page here: www.instagram.com/merkonthemountain

Abol Market: Not much information on this one yet, but looks like they will be selling authentic Ethiopian spices, drinks, snacks and more at their new location at 454 King St. E. Follow them on their Instagram page for more info: www.instagram.com/abolmarkett

Crown Shawarmas: Opened at the beginning of 2023, you can find menu items like shawarma, burgers, fried chicken, and salads here. Located in the heart of the Crown Point neighborhood, this looks like a welcome addition to the east end of Hamilton. They are located at 1357 Main St. E. Find more about their restaurant by following them on their Instagram account here: www.instagram.com/crownshawarma2023

Pastries from Crown Shawarma.
Pastries from Crown Shawarma.Crown Shawarmas

The Locksmith Bar: Opening up where Brux House was located, the owners behind Victoria’s Steak and Seafood and the very popular Caro Restaurant will be opening up their new casual fine dining concept The Lockesmith Bar at 137 Locke St. S. Not much information yet but looks like from their Instagram account that they will be serving comfort gastro pub eats. Give them a follow on their Instagram page to see when they will be opening: www.instagram.com/thelockesmithbar


Chez Chloe: Their last service at their 36 Hess St. S. restaurant was Feb. 14 of this year. For months, the owner of Chez Chloe has been trying to stay open as long as possible. But unfortunately, things did not line up for the restaurant to continue to operate.

Joyce Leung is a food writer and blogger who lives in Hamilton. Find her teaching Asian cooking classes around the city when she’s not dining out and trying all the delicious restaurants of Hamilton. Joyce will not write about any organization she has a separate business relationship with. You can reach her at [email protected]


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