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Breakfast in Hamilton, Ontario

Either with friends or business colleagues, I really enjoy eating at a good breakfast restaurant. The problem is that I live in Hamilton, Ontario, and I haven't been able to find anything better than satisfactory. To date, I've tried:

- Your Place in downtown Hamilton
- West Town on Locke Street
- The Egg & I in Ancaster, Hamilton, and Stoney Creek
- Russel Williams in Burlington
- Tammy's in Dundas
- Sammy Joe's in Ancaster
- Samiotis in downtown Hamilton

I'm planning on trying out One Duke this coming Saturday (they open for breakfast only on Saturday and Sunday, at 11am).

Would someone please recommend something new, different, and better? I'm willing to drive to Caledonia, to Stoney Creek, to Burlington/Oakville, if the food is good.

Thanks!

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  1. My family and I are big fans of Fava in the Middle.
    Lakeshore and Brant in Burlington, beside the Pepperwood.

    And of course there is Ben's, right beside Fava.

    -Tim

    1. I think the quality of a breakfast joint depends on what you are looking for. I will assume you are looking for the basic combo (eggs, pork product, potatoes, toast and coffee). Because I'll be darned if I can find a place that makes even decent biscuits and gravy here in Canada...

      I too, would like to find a better than average breakfast place, I've tried most of The BvO has tried and have also added the following to my list of okay but not outstanding places to eat:
      - Doc's (Concession at Upper Wentworth)
      - Limoncello (Ottawa St. N.)
      - The Big Top (Main St. E. and Sherman Ave)

      My only recommendation would be to try...
      - Steve's Open Kitchen (James St. S.)

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      1. re: Mike from Hamilton

        Another good breakfast place in Hamilton is Pancake House on main west. it's near Tally Ho.

        1. re: food_lover

          I'd avoid the Pancake House if you are planning on doing breakfast with Colleagues. Especially on a Saturday or Sunday morning. It's a fun hung-over breakfast place. Probably not the most inspired breakfast you will have, but it's tasty but it's hangover breakfast good.

        2. re: Mike from Hamilton

          Thanks, Mike from Hamilton. I'll try Steve's sometime soon.

          BTW, my experience at One Duke was very positive. I had "The Big Duke" breakfast, and was quite impressed, particularly by the ham and by the fruit. Service was friendly and prompt, the patio was fantastic.

          1. re: Mike from Hamilton

            Steve's Open Kitchen is gone. It was a landmark.

          2. What are you looking for? The West Town and The Egg and I seem to be the most popular places in the area, so I assume you're looking for something without the 'diner' ambience. I'm more of a glutton than a gourmand, so a huge plate of eggs, bacon, home fries, etc. for a fair price is my nirvana.

            Glen Abbey golf course serves a Sunday Brunch for $30.95 per person. I haven't been there in years, but it may be what you're looking for. You might try other golf courses also.

            http://www.clublink.ca/sundaybrunch.html

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            1. re: El Puerco

              There's a lovely new resto called "Seven Windows" on Aberdeen at Dundurn that has Sun brunch (DH was there for lunch recently and really enjoyed it). Amuse Bouche has also recently located from Aberdeen to Locke St S and is reputed to have a nice brunch and a nice new digs. Both of these are cheaper than $30/person and definitely more upscale than the local diner.

              1. re: El Puerco

                I have nothing against diners. What I'm looking for is a good place that serves bacon/eggs/sausage/toast/homefries. Should have a relaxed atmosphere, good service, and be open weekdays before 8am. Must have drinkable coffee.

                It's not a classy Sunday Brunch that I'm seeking so much as a restaurant that does the basics, and does them well.

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                1. Mount Royal Family Restaurant on Brant and Mount Forest Dr. north of the QE has to be one of the best for breakfast in Burlington. The atmosphere is great and the staff are treated well so I have never seen poor service. The only problem is it has a very big following and seats are often hard to come by. Usually filled with regulars. But worth the wait.