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A Graduation Situation - Hamilton

thehollers May 14, 2009 10:30 AM

I need your advice. I am graduating on June 15th in Hamilton and my family is coming up from Windsor for the day. We need a place to celebrate later that evening. The parameters are:

- Around the Hamilton/Brantford area (have GPS, will travel)
- No thai, chinese, sushi etc (My parents aren't overly adventurous eaters)
- Not very expensive (around $12-15 entrees)
- Semi-formal so we don't feel out of place all dressed up
- Not a seafood place (I'm horribly allergic :( )
- Must be open on a Monday

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

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    tjr RE: thehollers May 14, 2009 11:49 AM

    Maybe La Spaghett on Upper James? Last time I went, a couple years ago, most entrées were $10 or less and it was pretty decent.

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      OTFOODIE RE: thehollers May 15, 2009 08:47 AM

      The Black Forest Inn on King just east of downtown offers German/Central European food in that price range. The big drawback would be that they don't take reservations and on a graduation weekend, there would likely be a lineup.

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        ms. cornbread RE: thehollers May 15, 2009 09:22 AM

        The Ancaster Old Mill would be nice, although the prices probably a little too high for what you are lookin for (I can't remember what their lunch prices are like).

        La Cantina on Walnut could work. When I graduated from Mac I went to Spencer's on the Waterfront in Burlington (associated with the Old Mill). There is also Bistro 1010 in Westdale, although I haven't tried that place in years.

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          tjr RE: ms. cornbread May 15, 2009 01:58 PM

          I'm pretty sure Ancaster Old Mill is out of the price range.

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            thehollers RE: tjr May 20, 2009 06:39 AM

            Thanks for all the help so far! Any other suggestions would be great!

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              cupidom RE: thehollers May 20, 2009 11:45 AM


              I work at McMaster and just graduated from there last year. The parameters that you listed take away a ton of potential great spots in Hamilton. Being a monday, there are many great restaurants that are closed. (La Cantina, Pastacino, Maccheroni's) I'm assuming you are graduating either at the convention centre or MAC so here are a list of places that meet your requirements and are within a ten minute drive.

              1. La Luna - 3 locations in hamilton and burlington, Lebanese food, but its all GREAT!!! Salads, Chicken, Beef and Vegie dishes. You will not be disappointed. Probably around 14-16$ per entree.
              2. Valentino's Place - King street West, 5 mins from MAC... Great Pizza, Pasta and desserts, check their website to make sure they are open mondays
              3. The Beaver and Bulldog - decent pubfare food on Upper James

              Honestly, I would never recommend Boston Pizza, Pizza Hut, Kelsey's or Montana's, but for your price-range, food style and monday, they may be your best option other than the 3 I mentioned above. But seriously, check out La Luna online and the reviews on restaurantica.ca, I can put down my guarantee that the whole family will find something there that they like.

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                ehmi RE: thehollers May 27, 2009 01:13 PM

                The Brantford thing caught my eye as there are so few posts on my hometown.

                In town, Speekezzies (cal-Ital?) on Fairview may work in your parameters - some entrees may be slightly above your price range but the wood fired pizzas are pretty tasty and fall just below what you are looking to spend.

                My SO and I have had several good meals there - and dressed up / dressed down both work. AND, according to the website they are open on Mondays.

                Good luck and congrats.

                Speekezzies Caf
                415 Fairview Dr, Brantford, ON N3R7M3, CA

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            jcanncuk RE: thehollers May 30, 2009 01:11 PM

            How about something inexpensive and nice? I would recommend Incognito on John St as my first choice, but it's closed Mondays.

            The place that would totally fit your criteria if youa re willing to go for $15-20ish per entree is Bistro Paresien on James St S. It's casual, but elegant (a bistro in the truest sense!) http://www.bistroparisien.com/.

            Another one is close to McMaster in Westdale: 1010 Bistro. All entrees less than $20 and it's a nice atmosphere with good food. http://www.1010bistro.ca/

            La Cantina is another good suggestion.

            Make a reservation as it's likely going to be a busy weekend.

            Have fun !

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