Started in 2015, Hambrgr now has three locations – two in Hamilton and one on St Paul Street, St. Catharines – so they are obviously doing something right.
Hambrgr says on their website that their mission is to keep it simple with the ‘best damn burger you’ve ever eaten’. They use locally sourced ingredients and have a bar with local beers and ciders.
We visited Hambrgr on a Wednesday for lunch and it seems the secret is out. There were loads of folks sliding into seats for burgers and brews. However, our energetic server was quick to take orders and deliver drinks, and our food came out relatively quickly.
For our first visit, we decided to also “keep it simple”. My Chief Researcher ordered a Classic Brgr, and I went for the Magic Mushroom on a gluten-free bun with a local Niagara Ironwood Cider to wash it down. Plus, we had to try the Gar-Parm French Fries.
Our burgers were cooked perfectly and all the fillings were fresh and crunchy. The mushrooms on my burger were marinated in roasted garlic, which was delicious.
I have tried a lot of gluten-free bread, and I have to say that the GF bun at Hambrgr was soft and light with just the right amount of toasted crunch. The French Fries were also very tasty with lots of sharp Grana Padano cheese grated on top.
There are also plenty of other classic and experimental burgers on the menu that I look forward to trying like the Blue’s Your Daddy with a blackened smash patty, Danish blue cheese, onion jam, Granny Smith apple, iceberg, and mayo; or the Maui Wowi with a quarter-pound patty, Navajo spiced pulled pork, white cheddar, pineapple jam, coffee spiked BBQ, and crispy onions.
For vegetarians, there are some tasty-sounding combos like the Nut Job that has a walnut and black bean patty, and the Californication that has a roast beet and quinoa patty.
If you’re not in the mood for a burger… don’t dine here. Just kidding! If you’re out for a bite with your burger-loving mates, you will also find deluxe comfort food like locally-raised, hormone-free fried chicken, a range of poutine options, and tasty tidbits to share, such as Drunken Duck Wings, Tater Tot Fondue, and Bacon Fat Popcorn.
The atmosphere at Hambrgr was lively and fun with customers seemingly excited by the over-the-top shakes, cocktails, and burgers being delivered to their tables.
This is a great addition to downtown St. Catharines. It is right across from the Performing Arts Centre, so you can grab and bite and a beverage before or after a show. They are also open seven days a week, which gives you another option on Sundays and Mondays when downtown St. Catharines restaurants and bars are mostly closed.
Location 235 St Paul St, St. Catharines, ON L2R 3M6