Craft-Brewed Beer and Rock for the Soul

If craft beer, good food and live local rock bands is your kind of thing, you have to check out Zander’s Fire Grill & Brew Lounge on King George Road in Brantford. Zander’s opened just over a year and half ago, but the community is flocking there raving about the food, the atmosphere and the great prices.

Owner John Coutsis has a generations-long family history in the restaurant business. He successfully opened two other top notch local restaurants unique to the City of Brantford: Gus & Guidos and Angel’s Diner. Zander’s Fire Grill definitely follows suit in quality meals combined with a great dining experience.

This is one of the only places locally you can order Beer Can Chicken, which is literally roasted chicken floating on a beer can. Coutsis says it is by far it is one of the most popular dishes. Mondays they offer $5 burgers, Tuesdays is $10 Pasta Night and on Sundays Kids Eat Free after 3pm.


Coutsis says he wanted to open a place that was more geared to the thirty-something crowd. “Someplace I would go. Somewhere I could take my wife and we could have a good time, enjoy some delicious food, some great beer. But also a place people could bring their kids during the day and grab a burger for lunch.”

The dining room is a comfortable, friendly and open atmosphere where you feel like you can just settle in and hang out for a while. Painted portraits hung on the walls are a classy homage to legendary rock icons like Kurt Cobain, John Lennon and Jim Morrison, which comes across way cooler than the cookie cutter “as-much-eclectic-memorabilia-as-you-can-fit-up-there” style many other restaurants of the rock genre have adopted.

Zander’s bar area has some great decor as well: two custom Harley Davidson motorcycles and a one of a kind flaming electric guitar chandelier. Behind the bar are some of the friendliest servers in the area, and on tap you will find local and organic craft beers such as: Zander’s own Craft Brewed Red, Cream Ale, Lager and Dark Lager, Bell City Brewery’s Eureka Cream Ale, Mill St. Brewery’s Organic Original beer, and Beau’s Lug & Tread.

Finally, to raise the bar even higher, Zander’s offers weekly entertainment. If you want to see the listing there’s an events calendar on the website ( where all the acts are listed. Local artists like Kristin Nicholls and The Crimps bring people out for a great time every week. Check out their Acoustic Brunch Sundays at 11:30am: an All You Can Eat Buffet until 3pm.

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