Food & Drink in Hamilton

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The Augusta House plies patrons with fine dining and down-to-earth drinks in a cozy, inviting atmosphere. For sophisticated palates, the extensive menu features meaty morsels such as the New Zealand half-rack of lamb drizzled with red wine demi-glace ($24), as well as a savoury selection of tapas, salads, and gold-rimmed monocles. Otherwise, lighter eaters can pair a crisp white from the wine list with a haute cuisine update of traditional beer-battered fish and chips ($11–$17). Live blues and Motown DJ sets on Saturday and Sunday get toes tapping and cochleae salivating in the gracious ochre dining room, while a regular trivia night with discounted import beers can tickle brains as well as bellies.

25 Augusta St
Hamilton,
ON
CA

Montfort grills, plates, and serves healthy Mediterranean cuisine with fast, friendly service. The Upper James location offers families and couples a homey, sit-down dining experience in the most spacious and sweatpants-free dining room of the Monfort locations. All of their dishes are made from scratch, and include such classics as hummos and falafel ($12.95) and the signature Montfort chicken pita with pineapple ($6.99)—which like a rapper’s smile is grilled, not fried. Night owls and midnight parakeets will appreciate Montfort's late hours, with filling food served until 3 a.m. on weekdays. For the full scoop and sundae on their tasty fare, check out the complete menu on their website.

1508 Upper James St
Hamilton,
ON
CA

Steven Karataglidis spent his childhood scampering through the kitchen of his family's restaurant, soaking in cooking tips and techniques as his father whipped up Greek specialties. Pulling from his culinary upbringing, Steven opened Off the Hook at the ripe age of 22, enlisting the help of his dad to fry up baskets of fish ’n’ chips and build seafood sandwiches. Nowadays, Steven and his father preside over two locations, whose fryers sizzle with fish and shellfish cloaked in gluten-free and organic batters. Diners can dip their seafood in housemade tartar sauce, green pesto, and curry mayo to procure what Steven described to reporters of Post City as his "all-time favourite flavours." Each casual meal is served in a basket alongside dollops of Steven's signature sauces and smatterings of sweet-potato fries and coleslaw.

438 Hwy. 8
Stoney Creek,
Ontario
CA

The cooks at Hillbilly Heaven smoke meats for hours over the billows of burning hickory wood, then ladle pulled pork, pulled chicken, beef brisket, and ribs onto trays covered with wax paper. They also serve up fried chicken with waffles and Southern Comfort–infused syrup and sides such as creamy coleslaw or macaroni 'n' cheese.

647 Upper James St
Hamilton,
Ontario
CA

Roasters of the world's finest coffees. Fairer than Fair Trade, our green beans cost 3 to 7 times the Fair Trade floor, with a minimum of 80% going directly into the hands of producers. Quality that's ethically sourced, sustainably produced, & transparently purchaed. In most cases, our coffees are also organic & shade grown

445 Ferguson Avenue North
Hamilton,
ON
CA

Sushi Star's all-you-can-eat buffet offers each table one hour and 45 minutes of sushi sampling and hot Japanese bites. Rows of hand rolls conceal fillings of crispy white tuna and spicy crabmeat within rice and seaweed to keep them hidden from any pelicans flying past the window. On sushi pizza, guests find layers of grilled mushrooms, chopped crab, and barbecue eel. Crunchy pieces of shrimp, purple yam, and broccoli tempura provide contrast to chilled sushi, as do trays of salmon teriyaki, octopus pancakes, and red-curry chicken.

127 Main St E
Hamilton,
Ontario
CA