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With so many diverse and delicious restaurants, there’s something for every kind of eater in Hamilton.
Located in downtown Hamilton is a small cantina-inspired shop serving up a variety of tacos and 100% agave tequilas. Mezal Tacos & Tequila is headed by Chef Manny Ferreira, a recent champ of TV food show, Chopped Canada. Tacos are $6.75 each or any 3 for $18, and some mouth-watering fan favourites are Bang Bang Shrimp, Baja Fish and No Choking Around. Sip some tequila or try one of their delicious cocktails.
Feeling a little bit fancy? This contemporary bistro and wine bar is cooking French food with an international twist. The French's famed ricotta gnocchi is pan-fried with earthy mushrooms and drizzled with truffle sauce, creating the perfect umami flavour. Other dishes with global flavours include Shakshouka, Paella and Falafel.
Opened in 2015, Pokeh is considered the first poke eatery ever in Canada! They are making fresh Hawaiian inspired poke bowls at two locations in Hamilton. What is poke? It is a cold dish made with diced raw fish (usually marinated), topped with endless toppings such as cucumbers, avocado, rice, edamame, onions and seaweed. You can choose your poke adventure by building your own bowl, selecting a signature bowl or leave it up to the chef.
Do you ever have a craving for soup but don’t know where to go? Soup restaurant The Burnt Tongue got you covered with two locations in Hamilton all year long! Featured on You Gotta Eat Here!, they have an always-changing soup menu, including chilled soups in the summer. To stay updated about their menu, follow them on Instagram. Take your elevated soup game to the next level, and there are going to be some burnt tongues here.
This small industrial-chic eatery on the corner was mentioned in the New York Times as one of the five places to visit in Hamilton. Saint James Espresso Bar & Eatery is dishing out delectable Insta-ready brunch items such as avocado tartine with a fried egg or fluffy buttermilk pancakes topped with housemade toppings and jams.
Written by Candy Chou