The storefront of Local No90. Photo by Stenoodie

August 18, 2018:  Local No90 Bar + Kitchen is a relatively new restaurant in downtown Port Hope, Ontario.  This restaurant is a bar and grill that serves artisan savory pies and local shareable dishes as well as a host of rotating feature items.  They also have wine on tap, local craft beers, and cocktails.

Local90 entrance view

Local No90 is a restaurant right at Mill Street and Ontario Street.  It’s hard to miss this restaurant when you drive into downtown Port Hope from Highway 401 (it’s right at the fork where you have to turn on either street).  They have parking available on site.

I loved the modern bar area and look of the restaurant when we walked in.  They have a snazzy and modern mural of “Port Hope” on the left wall too.

The inside view of Local90, with a colourful mural that reads "Port Hope"

The inside view of Local90, showcasing the bar and dining area.

We were still a bit full from our amazing lunch which regrettably lessened our stomach space for dinner.  As such, we ordered two PEI oysters, the Baked Portobello, Pizza No. 90, and the feature steamed mussels to share.

Local90 menu The Local90 menu

We also had the brown lager (which was fruity and had lime in it) and the Busted Flush, a milk stout, from Trenton.  The brown lager was so light and fruity.  I also appreciated how Dana brought me a sample to try first before ordering.  (I love how all of their beers were locally sourced like from Guelph, Port Perry, Cobourg, etc.)

2 beverages from Local90, the left beverage is a light brown colour, the brown lager, and the right is a darker brown beer both in pint glasses. 

The PEI Oyster was delicious!!  I love fresh raw oysters and this one was perfect.  It was light and not too fleshly.  The accompanying sauces were a light vinaigrette and a hot sauce.  I wish I could have had more of their oysters!

PEI oysters (2) plated with the accompanying sauces.A close up of the PEI oysters.

The Steamed Mussels came in a white wine, chipotle, garlic, and herbs broth and some toasted bread on the side.  The broth was actually a lot spicier than I expected.  Despite that, I loved sopping up the crunchy bread with the broth.

Steamed mussels in white wine, chipotle, garlic and herbs.A closer view of the steam mussels.

The Baked Portobello was amazing!!  It came out piping hot with the melted mozzarella on it and beautiful accompanying vegetables on the side (chopped-up tomato and herb-roasted veggies) with a smear of roasted garlic aoili on the plate. Eating this portobello was akin to eating a pizza the way that you cut apart a piece where the mozzarella cheese strings are still attached to the main portobello.  I especially loved and appreciated how steaming hot it was.  This was an amazingly tasty shareable!  The tangy roasted garlic aoili was perfect with the portobello as well. 

The baked portobello with mozzarella, tomato, herb-roasted veggies. 

The namesake Pizza No90 was an 11″ gourmet-style thin crust pie with roasted chicken, portobello, red onions, and toasted hazelnuts on a homemade pesto sauce.  This was a very thin crust pizza that was great for sharing.  A sprinkle of chili flakes on it really hit the spot.                  

Pizza!Slicing into the pizza to show the cheeziness!

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

The cheesy mozzarella cheese was so stringy!  I loved that.

A woman taking a bite of the pizza, with cheese sticking to the pizza  and her lips!

Unfortunately, we didn’t get to try any desserts on account of a lack of time — we were heading to Capitol Theatre for a musical after dinner — (the salted caramel cheesecake and sorbet  looked amazing), but hopefully there will be another chance in the future to try their desserts. 

Thank you so much Dana and staff for the great food and hospitality!  

A couple taking a photo of themselves with the food they had ordered.

FTC Disclaimer:  Although the Municipality of Port Hope reached out and invited me to a complimentary visit to promote the businesses in Port Hope, the opinions expressed here represent my own and not those of the Municipality or businesses.

Authored by, Stenoodie