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.
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.
Tourism Hamilton's 2010 Restaurant of the Year, Incognito treats diners to a locally sourced fine dining experience that's relaxed and romantic. Like the tax code, Incognito's diverse menu changes seasonally for best effect, offering patrons a la carte dishes, and table d'hote options that snap with fresh flavours. Embark on epicurean exploits with an appetizer of seared ahi tuna sashimi ($11.95), or exercise incisors with a helping of carpaccio ($11.95), accented with shaved parmesan reggiano. Diners can mine previously undiscovered depths of deliciousness with the veal strip loin ($22.95), pan-seared and dressed in a wild berry and cassis reduction, and reformed carnivores enjoy a bevy of beefless options, such as the butternut squash ravioli ($17.95), which rafts down a river of garlic cream sauce with grape tomatoes and spinach. The chef's daily feature, crafted fresh and priced to market, provides a culinary surprise that doesn't involve blindfolding a can of SpaghettiOs. Prix fixe dinner selections are also available and include an appetizer, entree, and choice of dessert, made in-house.
Acclamation serves a globally influenced menu of hearty fare in a bright, elegant eatery. The worldly menu starts with a selection of finger-flattering tapas ($10–$12) for sharing or greedy gobbling, as well as appetizing first eats such as the fan-favourite marisco gumbo ($11), which sports a diverse school of seafood and chorizo. Entrées live large with belly-filling pasta, burgers, seafood, and steaks that pair effortlessly with Portuguese wines. For a more casual dining experience, diners can hunker down in a back bar area replete with warm wood tones, a granite bar, and big-screen TVs for taking in the game or cable knitting competition. Patrons who prefer over-plumped furnishings can opt to eat in the downstairs lounge with comfy leather seating and a fireplace perfect for mid-winter hibernating. Post-thaw, Acclamation opens its relaxed, lush outdoor patio for fair-weather dining. Lunchers can also rejoice, as Acclamation was voted second-best soup at Soupfest 2008.
Every bite of hand-stretched, mozzarella-covered crust at Sbarro can trace its roots back to Naples, Italy. It was there that the Sbarro family began its rich culinary tradition, and when Gennaro and Carmela Sbarro came to America, they brought that tradition with them. In search of the American Dream, the pair opened their first salumeria in Brooklyn in 1956. And the neighborhood took notice. The homemade mozzarella and flavorful sausage soon earned the grocery a reputation for having fresh, authentic Italian food, a reputation that helped the Sbarros pepper New York with additional locations over the next decade. Then, in 1967, they established their first mall-based restaurant inside the Kings Plaza Shopping Center. With its open kitchen and speedy service, that eatery laid the groundwork for what would become one of the world's most popular pizzerias.
Today, Sbarro has grown into more than 1,000 restaurants across the globe. At each, chefs decorate their New York-style pizzas with everything from mushrooms and sausage to pineapple and broccoli, along with sauce made on-site using fresh herbs. And while Sbarro serves more than 70 million pizzas every year?enough to make pepperoni one of agriculture's most lucrative cash crops?they also craft other Italian favorites from recipes that have been passed down since 1947.
As you don an apron and look around the SupperWorks kitchen, you might wonder if you've stepped into the body of a gourmet chef?sous-chefs unseen have chopped and sliced every ingredient imaginable, and now it's up to you to bring each entree to life. The epicurean fantasy continues as staff members begin leading you from station to station on a quest to create 6, 9, or 12 entrees. Each is perfect for freezing and cooking later when you're pressed for time.
SupperWorks' recipes change from month to month?entrees could include pork tenderloin and prosciutto in puff pastry, beef-and-mushroom goulash, and veggie-packed chili. But one thing doesn't change: the easy meal assembly.
All of the planning, shopping, washing, and prepping is done in advance, and the staff cleans up each station as dishes are completed. When the session ends after an hour or two, they'll send you home with easy-to-follow cooking instructions. SupperWorks also keeps prepared meals on hand for patrons to pop in and pick up at a moment's notice.