Earth to Table Bread Bar
Bread Bar opened in 2010, before the explosion of food options in Hamilton and before Locke’s transformation into an eating destination, says co-owner Bettina Schormann.
“In terms of contemporary, well-made food, it was just box restaurants. Hamilton’s food scene is so different now.”
Earth to Table was inspired by a cookbook written by Schormann and business partner and chef Jeff Crump, emphasizing local, seasonal food.
Bread Bar is known for its stone-baked pizza (the apple and bacon features smoked cheddar, caramelized onions and fried sage) wide range of inventive salads, and sandwiches that include porchetta with truffle sauce and an umami burger.
Offerings also include breakfast sweets and desserts, milkshakes (spiked and unspiked), and specialty coffees.
This colourful little shop in downtown Dundas serves organic and fresh-made juices and smoothies, and vegetarian soups and sandwiches. There is always a pot of golden tofu soup and veggie chili, along with a daily soup offering.
541 Eatery & Exchange
This is a restaurant with a mission. A social enterprise of Compass Point Bible Church, proceeds of food sales are used to bring community initiatives, including a homework club, kitchen skills and barista training, and eating well workshops.
The mostly volunteer-run eatery in a spacious former bank serves freshly made breakfast, lunch, brunch on Saturday and a wide assortment of baked goods. Patrons can buy buttons so that those less fortunate can cash them in to
buy a meal or drink.
It’s home to just five tables and an almost-for-sure lineup at lunch. There are burgers and fries now but the soup still reigns here, with about six creations each day. Past offerings: Moroccan harira with cilantro; Iranian beef stew; pancetta and chickpea with grana padano; Malaysian cabbage; Senegalese peanut; and curried sweet apple.
Sister to Fsh & Chp next door, this spot serves up beef, veggie and chicken burgers with traditional sides and few that aren’t. Or how about bacon fat popcorn or crispy buffalo cauliflower? Then there’s the Caesar that parks a mini-slider on the edge of your glass.
This foodie favourite celebrates tacos, tequila and bourbon. This is the team behind other interesting places to eat in Hamilton including Two Black Sheep and Rapscallion Rogue Eatery. The Mule promises “the best, booziest brunch in town” and tacos made with beef-tongue, Brussel sprouts, pork belly and halloumi.
Serving tapas-style West Coast-inspired seafood and vegetarian cuisine for weekend brunch, lunch and dinner. Menu items feature a fish fillet sandwich, and falafel bowl, Alaska king crab pasta, seared scallops and white B.C. sturgeon.
The newest entry on King William, setting up in a Confederation-era building and comes from the people behind The Aberdeen Tavern and Dundurn Market. The inspiration is entirely French with menu offerings including Moules et Frites, and foie gras & chicken liver parfait.
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