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May 4, 2010 01:36 PM

ISO Great Restaurant in Hamilton

I hate to post this but I am entertaining a NY foodie on Friday night and have to eat in Hamilton. Suggestions please?

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  1. yeah I thought that was going to happen. The silence is deafening! Hamilton is a nice city with lots of great features, but fine dining is not one of them. Your options are: the Old Mill in Ancaster, which isn't really Hamilton, and 7 Windows, at Aberdeen and Dundurn. I haven't been to either but both get some good reviews, and both are expensive and aim high. Both are in very nice buildings too; Old Mill in a nice country setting and 7 windows in an old bank. Please post a review if you do go!

    1. As a former Hamiltonian - the places I still love to eat aren't "foodie" type places - but places with good food and authentic atmosphere. When I go back home, places I frequent are the Bean Bar, Crystal Dynasty, Schwaben Inn, Westtown, Valentinos, and Dennigers hot food counter. All these places have a dish or atmosphere I can't seem to find anywhere else so I return year after year (that Valentino salad, Cordon Bleu Schnitzel at Denningers). There are a few upscale restaurants on Augusta that might be worth your visit, and Hess Village has a couple of fun spots.

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      1. re: MeMeMe

        My difficulty is the definition of "foodie" because to some folks, it means the kind of person who prefers fine dining and food adventure places like The French Laundry, Alinia and WD50. The other end of the scale is someone who appreciates cool and funky local restaurants that specialize in local fresh ingreients done well - ie the kind of place on "Diners Drive-ins and Dives". Both are valid but vastly different.

        In Hamilton I would suggest - The Ancaster Old Mill, Lo Presti, Bistro Parisien, Ventura Seafood, 7 Windows and, in a pinch, Boo's Bistro for the former. And for the latter, I would suggest the Harbour Diner, My Dog Joe, Mex-I-Can, Chicago Style Pizza Shack, Wass Ethiopian or Waxy's Deli (although for someone from NYC Waxy's would be out).

        Harbour Diner
        488 James St N, Hamilton, ON L8L1J1, CA

        Bistro Parisien
        150 James St S, Hamilton, ON L8P3A2, CA

        Chicago Style Pizza Shack
        534 Upper Sherman Ave, Hamilton, ON L8V3M1, CA

        Waxy's Deli
        184 Locke St S, Hamilton, ON L8P4B3, CA

        1. re: Mike from Hamilton

          Btw, it's "Alinea." Along the lines of your post, I agree that the mark of a true CH foodie is someone who can equally enjoy experiences at the former, while still appreciating quality local places like Wass Ethiopian, (where I happen to overindulge weekly, but that is another story for another post). I just realized that this is an old post, however, I would almost inevitably steer people visiting from out of town away from our faux upscale, and towards the friendlier cheap and cheerful vibes of some of the places mentioned on your thread. I would also add Thai Memory, and a question mark beside Ventura's Seafood, which can be hit or miss.

          Thai Memory
          25 King William St, Hamilton, ON L8R1A1, CA

      2. Lots of good threads on Hamilton restaurants. I take out-of-towners to Mex-I-Can, Chicago Style Pizza Hut, and Boo's. You can read up on all of them on this board and online.

        1. 1010 Bistro in Westdale Village is often a good a good bet; Koosh bistro, also in Westdale, is a favourite...7 Windows on Aberdeen has good food, but the service is dodgy...
          I've heard good things about Wass Ethiopian on James St. S, have had good experiences at Bistro Parisien, also on James St. S.
          Good luck!

          1010 Bistro
          1010 King St W, Hamilton, ON L8S1L4, CA

          Bistro Parisien
          150 James St S, Hamilton, ON L8P3A2, CA

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          1. re: hungryjoanne

            I have a couple of colleagues who mention LoPresti's as the place to go. Thoughts?

            1. re: Torontotonto

              I've had many a great meal at LoPresti's. It's very old school (including the classic waiters) and it's kind of a small rooms concept. Some interesting dishes, some are classics.

              1. re: MeMeMe

                Thanks all for your suggestions. We ate at LoPresti's. Food was quite good and service was excellent. Wine was....ok. Lets leave it at that.
                Thanks !!