Just a Hamilton foodie, eating her way through Locke St.

By Jennifer Shin

When urbanicity asked me to eat my way through Hamilton for the sake of a monthly feature, I had no objections. The foodie scene in Hamilton is exploding and we are seriously putting ourselves on the map as a foodie destination. This month, I tackled Locke St., and it was delicious!

AMO GELATO CAFFE:

All of their gelato is made in-house and is absolutely scrumptious! Plus, they offer vegan and dairy-free options, so everyone can enjoy the deliciousness. Every time I visit, I find myself devouring their cookie butter and vegan chocolate gelato. Amo is a rare gem, and open until 10 p.m. to satisfy your late-night cravings. “Still too cold for gelato,’’ you say? They offer crepes and coffee-based drinks to warm you up. I can’t wait to see what they will be featuring when summer comes around.

 BURNT TONGUE:

If you have never heard of Burnt Tongue, I am going to assume that you are from out of town. This is their second location, with their first location on Cannon Street. The place is well-known for their daily homemade soups and classic cheese burgers. It is cozy, warm and makes you feel like you are back at your grandmother’s house eating a bowl of soup. No offence to Grandma, but these guys take it to another level. Do not forget about their grilled cheese -especially the French onion grilled cheese – a heavenly twist on two classics. If I were you, I would follow their Instagram (@theburnttongue) to see the daily specials, like their buffalo chicken loaded fries or their hot pepper tuna melt. Burnt Tongue always hits the spot.

BRUX HOUSE

Whether you are in the mood for casual flights of beer and cider, or a fancy evening out, Brux House has something for you. Their ever-changing menu features, and evolving craft beer and cider list, will hook you in and keep you going back for more. I personally cannot get enough of their house-made pretzel sticks with Emmental & beer fondue. Their Chef de Cuisine, Kyle Forth, was recently named in the Ontario Hostelry Institute’s 2017 Top 30 Under 30. Grab your friends, prepare your taste buds and enjoy an evening out.

NÀROMA PIZZA BAR

What makes NàRoma stand out? They serve Neapolitan-style pizza where their pizza dough is actually prepared over 72 hours. You can choose from over 20 kinds of pizza, including several vegetarian and vegan options. I am a meat lover and appreciate some spice, so I love Siciliana and Calabrese. Their breadsticks are not on the menu, but order them anyway! The pesto parmesan breadsticks are my favourite, paired with one of their housemaid sauces. They don’t do delivery, but you can pick-up for the perfect Netflix and pizza kind of night.

EARTH TO TABLE BREAD BAR

Farm-to-table concept. Their menu is based on fresh, seasonal and local ingredients. I don’t always order salads, but this is the one place I make an exception for.  It makes me wonder what I am doing wrong at home – because my salads never taste this good. I would recommend trying their daily special of loaded fries or their stone baked pizzas with unique topping combinations. I like to order a large half & half pizza because I can never choose just one kind.

UP NEXT:

The Beverly on Locke – My dream come true! An all day brunch place, where I can satisfy my need for brunch at anytime of day. I am already drooling while reading their menu online. Eggs benny for dinner anyone?