1 Ontario Craft Beer is experiencing a renaissance, taking us back to the day when there was a craft brewery in every community. Today, there are approximately 150 craft breweries in Ontario and with the right retail growth opportunities, the number of jobs in towns with a craft brewery could double or triple.

2 Local craft beer is handcrafted in small batches using the freshest possible, high quality ingredients and no preservatives. Most craft beer has a shelf life of three to six months for optimal flavour.

3 Ontario Craft Brewers create jobs and stimulate local development in communities across the province. They hire local people, use local suppliers and equipment, and sponsor local events, fund raisers and teams.

4 Craft beer has more flavour and complexity than other beverages in the alcohol sector. Take your pick from any style of lager, pilsner, ale, wheat, porter, bock and stout and drill down to find IPAs, dark, pale, amber, bitter and milds. Craft beer goes great with food.

5 Ontario Craft Brewers produce hundreds of different brands in multiple styles and pack sizes. Some of the latest trends include: cask conditioned ales, barrel aging, wet and dry-hopping and sour beers fermented using wild yeast strains.


 

It’s patio season and that means enjoying your favourite food and beverage in the breeze and under the sun with friends and family. Here are some popular restaurants in the area for dining al fresco. We’ll see you there!

Baci Ristorante

With a predominant name in the hospitality industry like The Best Western Premier to share in the vision, C Hotel by Carmen’s provides a luxurious Italian getaway without leaving the comfort of Ontario.

For those craving inspirational Italian cuisine you’re in for a treat as Baci Ristorante is the place to indulge the senses. Masterful wood oven pizza, pasta and veal dishes will be complimented by a wide selection of premium Tuscan, California and Niagara wines.

Baci will engage more than just your palate in an authentic Italian experience as you can watch many classic movies from the likes of Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese, to some major sporting events on the multiple LCD screens around the restaurant.

All five senses will be taken for a memorable adventure when you join us at Baci Ristorante

Ivy Bar + Kitchen

Ivy is a premium first choice dining and cocktail destination for both locals and visitors alike.

Ivy’s award winning interior and outdoor Patio design was created by DGC Entertainment Concept Designer Andrew Scott Donaldson. From the moment you walk inside, you will be taken on an impressive journey of lush greenery, and casual modern elegance. A distinctive setting of contemporary furnishings and finishes create many unique spaces to accommodate a wide range of hospitality.

Ivy’s appetizing cuisine ventures through approachable American and International chef-driven classics, with a touch of modern flair – perfect for a casual up-market lunch, weekend brunch, dinner, or after work cocktails.

A world-class wine list combined with a fun creative cocktail program; and the best of domestic, craft, and international beers – make Ivy ‘s warm and inviting spaces a first choice for discerning libation seekers of every taste.

The nightlife on Fridays, and Saturdays is created with accents of sophistication, to appeal to a classier adult taste. We are proud to be continually nominated as the destination of choice for evening guests ranging from late twenties, thirties, forties, and on.

Ivy’s approachable modern elegant design and inviting ambiance, combined with a fun, fresh, and genuine approach to great food and service-make Ivy a favorite spot for upscale casual dining, cocktails, or weekend nightlife.

http://ivybar.ca

Wendel Clark’s Classic Grill and Sports Lounge

Wendel Clark’s Classic Grill and Sports Lounge is for all sports and food fans who want to enjoy a game, be treated to cutting edge food offerings and specialty drinks. This all takes place in a comfortable and inviting atmosphere that will appeal to groups, couples and families. The Burlington location on Brant St. has two very popular patios to enjoy a meal or refreshments.

Wendel’s cleverly combines the comfort and warm atmosphere of a lounge with the upbeat energy of a sports bar. The design of the space and the menu selection appeals to sports fans as well as families, groups, business people and women. The menu features several signature items such as AAA Canadian steaks, gourmet poutine and burgers, ribs, pasta, a wide seafood selection and of course favourites such as nachos and fresh breaded roaster wings. Wendel’s features a state of the art viewing environment with several large screen televisions to ensure every seat in the restaurant provides an excellent vantage point for your choice of sporting event. You can’t go anywhere else and experience an event like you can at Wendel Clark’s Classic Grill.

The team at Wendel Clark’s is thrilled to announce that we are expanding to Hamilton. The new location in the Lister Block at 28 James Street North, is in the heart of the downtown Hamilton area. It will bring a fresh dimension to the city of Hamilton, with not only great tasting food but an atmosphere to suit everyone’s needs. The restaurant will offer the same viewing experience for sports lovers, as well as a great patio. Wendel Clark’s Bar and Grill takes pride in every dish that is served and is committed to creating the perfect ambiance for sports fans, couples and families alike. We hope to see you so

bangkok spoon

This authentic Thai restaurant opened on December 8, 2009 honouring the old legendary Deluxe Restaurant. Exceptionally fresh and flavorful dishes abound on a delightfully extensive menu. Enjoy this authentic Thai experience in the relaxing ambience of beautifully appointed Asian inspired decor. Be sure to try the Pad Thai, the delectable house specialty. A wonderful and delicious array of soups abound, one for each day of the week.

Choose from an excellent selection of salads, such as the Spicy Beef Salad, teaming with melt in your mouth grilled beef and end your wonderful dining experience with the oh-so-good Honey Fried Bananas.

The vast menu caters to vegetarians and meat-eaters alike and take-out, catering and delivery are available.

Bangkok Spoon Deluxe sets itself apart from other Thai restaurants with exclusive dishes such as the House Pad Thai Noodles and the Tamarind Pork Ribs

Bangkok Spoon offers a memorable Thai culinary experience that will leave you wanting to come back again and again. The restaurant and licensed patio is open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week.

www.bangkokspoon.com

 

Milestones

We have a thing for stories. We tell ours through our fresh ingredients and our passion for the plate. Twenty-five years ago, the Milestones story began in Vancouver on Denman Street. Today, we have locations from coast-to-coast. We bring unexpected yet tasty twists to classics and then give these carefully crafted recipes to our culinary team, making sure they have perfected these creations before bringing them to you. And that’s what you can always be sure of, that there’s a chef in every Milestones kitchen making your plate just right. It’s this passion in our recipes that makes a visit to Milestones truly unforgettable. Whether you come for a favourite meal or love trying new and trendy dishes, Milestones is all about great food without the pretension.

It’s our 25th Anniversary and we are celebrating by bringing back your favourites all summer long! Our “Bringing Tasty Back” menu lasts until September 7th, so come on in and be part of the celebration!

Spencer’s

Spencer’s at the Waterfront is Burlington’s lakefront destination for creative food and drink by the water. We are committed to sourcing sustainable seafood and the freshest, seasonal produce that the area has to offer. Our unique focus on where our food comes from allows us to highlight simple, clean flavours and deliver delicious food to our guests. This summer, come in to try a perfectly crafted cocktail, such as the Rhubarb Shrub, and indulge in fresh shucked oysters or a sharable platter to split among friends. It’s patio season – and when you factor in the food, impeccable service and the views – Spencer’s does not disappoint. Located in Spencer Smith Park, Spencer’s at the Waterfront is the perfect place to enjoy lunch, brunch or dinner all while enjoying the beautiful vistas of Burlington’s lakefront. spencers.ca

Enjoy unparalleled service and an Earth to Table menu focused
on the freshest ingredients. Come join us for an unforgettable experience.

The Black Forest Inn

The Black Forest Inn has been a renowned landmark and premier dining destination since 1967 when Fred and Rosa Oberreiter fulfilled their dream of establishing a European restaurant. Today their son Wolfgang and his wife Gabi along with their attentive staff, continue the tradition of offering efficient, friendly service and some of the best German and Austrian food in the area.

Guests are treated with the warm hospitality associated with the Black Forest region. The restaurant’s vintage German interior is rustic and full of charm with a cozy home-style atmosphere. The extensive menu has many traditionally prepared favourites including an array of schnitzels selected from six European countries. Vienna Schnitzel is one of their most popular dishes on the extensive menu along with homemade sausages and goulash, Cordon Blue, assorted fish and chicken dishes and of course mouthwatering desserts like Black Forest cake and Apple Strudel. Austrian and German wines and beers are available to compliment your meal.

Enjoy your meal and an ice-cold beer on the spacious “Biergarten” patio.

The restaurant was featured on the second season premier of You Gotta Eat Here on The Food Network.

The Black Forest Inn has earned the reputation of serving the very best and that will never change. www.blackforestinn.ca

NàRoma pizza bar

Long time Pizzaiolo Mario Spina had a vistion to share Italian pizza with his family and friends. While travelling throughout Italy and studying under the Pizza Masters of Naples and Rome, Mario fell in love with the two cities and their distinct approaches to the art of pizza making.The inspiration for our name NàRoma Pizza Bar comes from the shores of Naples, the city that is synonymous with pizza, and the heart of Rome where Pizza al Taglio originates.

Our pizza is made authentically to achieve the utmost flavour.  Our dough is prepared slowly over seventy two hours and incorporates a secret blend of imported flours, extra virgin olive oil, kosher salt, and just a touch of yeast. Only the highest quality ingredients are used to top a NaRoma pizza before being baked in our stone ovens.  Our aim is to offer Pizza al Taglio of the highest standard uding the slow, time honoured methods, techniques and ingredients used for generations by the Pizza Masters of Naples and Rome.

test kitchen

Our menu is completely digital, displayed on an iPad allowing us to change the menu with the seasons, stay on trend and never get stale. Our food is prepared in house, made from scratch. Our wine list offers our wines by the glass all at the same price so it can be chosen for the quality, not the price. Our focus is always on value. We offer many high end wines by the bottle and Contraband Sparkling Wine “on Tap”.  Our popular $10 lunch menu includes a choice of 7 items, a bottle of beer or 4oz glass of wine with tax included. Our $20 dinner menu from 4:00-5:30pm offers a choice of a soup or salad as a first course, a choice of 4 mains and a bottle of beer or 4oz glass of wine with tax included. The portion size of the meals are reduced from our regular menu. We also offer a regular dinner menu and “Test” menu.  Our new Uptown location at 2000 Appleby Line opens August 17th.

Providing a Fresh Perspective for Burlington and Hamilton.

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