5 delicious new restaurants that opened in Hamilton in 2021

Published December 23, 2021 at 10:32 am


Not even a global public health crisis can keep Hamilton’s culinary scene from growing and expanding its horizons.

While 2021 was certainly not a typical year for restaurants in the city, the way in which they adapted to the always changing environment brought on by the pandemic never ceases to amaze.

Even more astonishing are those establishments that despite the challenges of COVID-19, they opened their doors to the public for the first time in 2021.

The following is a list of five new Hamilton eateries that wowed us all by opening in 2021.

5. Mikey’s Cream Pies
This little shop on Barton opened early in 2021 to much acclaim. From the get-go, Mikey’s pies were a hot commodity in Hamilton as even before they opened their new storefront, they had a rather large and active following on social media where prior to opening the shop, much of the business was conducted. Nowadays, Mikey’s is humming along and pumping pies like crazy. Definitely worth checking out if you haven’t already.

4. Peanut butter jelly time
After much anticipation and COVID-19-related delays, That’s My Jam Sandwiches opened in May 2021. The shop specializes in gourmet fruit fusion sandwiches which are as delicious as they are unique and inventive. This bright shop has also served as a space for artists and artistic expression. Also, in an effort to support the local arts scene, the owners employ local artists behind the counter. It’s a truly unique concept and experience.

3. Plant-based pub
Jordan’s Homeside Pub, located in the east end, celebrated its grand opening in early November. The owners of Jordan’s sought to offer a menu that most pubs don’t — vegan food that isn’t just potatoes (but potatoes are also on the menu). Lunch and dinner offerings include the popular ‘Impossible Burger,’ apple and sage sausage, caesar and “chicken” wraps, “chicken” fingers, and the Reuben sandwich.

2. Pan-African delights
Afro-licious opened in early November as well and specializes in ‘Afro-Canadian street food in a classy African styled restaurant setup.’ The menu features dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner and they offer catering. They also feature several family-style take out options that enable those new to the cuisine an opportunity to sample several different dishes without breaking the bank.

1. One For All Coffee + Desserts
This bright little eatery in downtown Hamilton opened to the public in May. Since then, it’s been a popular destination for caffeine and sweets lovers. In addition to a vast selection of specialty coffees and unique beverages, One For All’s menu offers a mix of Asian-inspired sweets and eats prepared in-house. A husband and wife team are the creative force behind One For All and it’s apparent that they are incredibly passionate about providing a unique and inclusive experience for all their customers.

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