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Rapscallion Restaurant in Hamilton: happy carnivore haven

TorontoJo | Feb 21, 201405:01 PM

I'm breaking my self-imposed board banishment because I wanted to draw a bit of attention to this deserving little spot in Hamilton.

Rapscallion started out as a bit of an experiment by the owners. They wanted to open the type of restaurant they thought was missing in Hamilton — a fun and funky casual boite with chef-driven focus on all thing carnivorous. They started out by being only open on Saturdays, and quickly became successful enough to open full time.

A few of us local to the area had a chowmeet at Rapscallion a couple of weeks ago. When we arrived, we agreed to let the chef feed us. We didn't set a price point or number of courses.

We ordered a couple of bottles of wine for the table and proceeded to consume a parade of meaty goodness. In order, we had:

- local charcuterie plate with housemade pickles
- local cheese plate
- deboned chicken wings stuffed with bacon and pork sausage over blue cheese mashed potatoes
- pork belly tacos (each taco had a serious slab of delicious pork)
- duck burger with fried zucchini sticks
- thai red curry shrimp
- "Lipitor pie" -- duck confit topped with potatoes and hollandaise sauce
- beef tartare two ways
- housemade chocolate bar
- croissant bread pudding

I found everything ranged from very good to excellent, with my favourite being the amazing duck burger. The only fail for me was the fried zucchini. But hey, vegetables are clearly not their focus.

With VERY generous portions for each dish, plus 3 (maybe 4?) bottles of wine for the table, our total per person was $90 all in. I thought it was a good value for the quantity and quality of the food we had (plus a fair bit of wine).

So if you ever find yourself in Hamilton looking for a great local joint, wander on over to Rapscallion. It's casual, satisfying and quite delicious. The owners recently opened Two Black Sheep, an oyster bar just around the corner.

It was great to meet ylsf and hungryjoanne (and Mr. hj) in person, and to see cynalan and the missus again.

Some pics of our dishes.

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