Top 5 Hottest Places in Hamilton: Dec 29 - Jan 4
Here are the 5 hottest places in Hamilton for the week of Dec 29 to Jan 4, based on the number of organic page views and searches these restaurants received on inthehammer.com.
Hutch’s on the Beach has been around since 1946, serving up French fries, milkshakes, hamburgers, and hotdogs… but of course, what we’re here to discuss is the fish and chips.
Fish and chips at Hutch’s are like no other, the fish is the perfect combination of greasy, crispy, and fresh, as are the fries. When I visit this incredible establishment, I usually indulge in the small fish and chips meal and find the food melting in my mouth (I’m almost drooling just thinking about it)!
And of course, after I finish my meal, I must have some ice cream to wash everything down.
This market on the West Mountain really is paradise. It is always so busy but the staff never seem ruffled by it. In fact, any time I’ve had the pleasure of dropping in, I’ve always felt welcome and taken care of. Their massive selection of fresh-baked bread is somewhat overwhelming but you really can’t go wrong with any selection: it’s all fresh and delicious. Sweet Paradise is known for its lovely Calabrese bread so if you’re looking for a jumping-off point, that’s as good a place as any.
If you’re looking for a pizza that is different from the traditional cheese and pepperoni combination, Earth to Table Bread Bar (more commonly just called the Bread Bar) is the place to go.
The restaurant (which actually has a Guelph location as well) offers unique pizzas starting with the ingredients used and their names on the menu.
A few pizza options offered by the Bread Bar include the umami deluxe (red sauce, mozzarella, umami sauce, ground beef, mushrooms, pickled red onions, truffle mayo, and parmesan), the vampire slayer (white sauce, mozzarella, brie, garlic, lemon, and arugula), and the bee sting (my personal favourite) which consists of red sauce, mozzarella, spicy salami, basil, honey, chili oil, and lemon ricotta - yum! Note that the menu is subject to change.
Donut Monster is a quaint little shop on Locke Street that sells, of course, doughnuts, coffee, and milkshakes. This Hamilton shop is incredibly popular despite only officially opening in 2018 (I went on a Sunday afternoon and the line-up was almost out the door!).
The doughnut menu is always changing and evolving, so it’s hard to pinpoint exactly which flavours you should try. However, the last time I went I treated myself to an apple fritter and it was insanely delicious.
Note that Donut Monster also offers vegan options.
1. Famo Pizza
Located on the East Mountain, Famo gets outstanding reviews online. They deliver, but their delivery area is limited but, in my opinion, they are worth the drive. These were actually my favourite of the 11 we tested. They were big and very saucy and simply delicious. Myself and my fellow testers were surprised by the pronounced tomato flavour -- almost like they add a little pizza sauce -- in the sauce but I have to say, it really works here. There’s a slight zing but not too spicy for the kiddies. They were nicely breaded and crunchy, pretty meaty and very saucy. You really can’t go wrong here.