Where to Eat in Hamilton

Get Peruvian chicha morada, classic Italian pizza and the best Belgian fries this side of Brussels at these casual Hamilton restaurants that are serious about flavour
 

Two Black Sheep

If you’re into sharing and grazing, this is the place. Assemble the charcuterie board of your dreams from well-curated meat and cheese choices—from wild boar cacciatore to Maple Dale cheddar. Add to the mix oysters and a cocktail menu focused on old-school favourites with a modern kick. Penny pinchers should visit any day between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. when oysters are a buck a shuck.

The Burnt Tongue

Year round, this pint-sized downtown eatery serves up some of the best soup around. Locals know to check out the restaurant’s Facebook page for the daily soup selections like coconut beet, curried sweet potato or mushroom lentil. Soups are the star, of course, but there’s also fabulously gooey and crisp grilled cheese and the best Belgian fries this side of Brussels.

Culantro

Indulge your exotic tendencies at this downtown restaurant that is winning over a slew of fans discovering the deliciousness of Peruvian cuisine. Start with the shrimp ceviche, then move on to the spit-roasted quarter chicken, paired with yucca fries, quinoa salad and a neon green Inca Cola—Peru’s variation of cream soda. Or, try the chicha morada, juice made in-house from purple corn.

Brux House

Brought to you by the folks who made Quatrefoil a fine-dining staple in the city, this restaurant leans more to casual comfort food with mains like pork schnitzel and seared Arctic char. The starters treat veggies with respect and reverence, as seen with the kale salad and half-roast cauliflower.

La Cantina

Hamilton’s vibrant Italian community has elevated the level of Italian cuisine to great heights here—second-rate pizza and pasta just don’t fly. For the past 20 years, La Cantina has masterfully created classics that do not disappoint. Spaghetti alla Carbonara is divine, thanks to a well-executed sauce that you’ll want to soak up until the last morsel with crusty bread. And the Margherita pizza bursts with fresh flavours—sliced tomatoes, mozzarella and bocconcini cheese.

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