You don’t have to go to a chain restaurant to get an amazing meal in this town. All over the city there are a growing number of top notch eateries, from diners, to burgers, to award winning fine dining. Check out a detailed list here. Are you of the veggie persuasion? We’ve got you covered with some great dining options
Hamilton has a fantastic food truck scene, and during the Spring, Summer and well into Fall you can find all sorts of regular gatherings of local food trucks, not just at big events, but lunch and dinner services in all regions of Hamilton. Take a look at a list of the trucks and more details on their gatherings here!
Local Farmers’ Markets:
- Hamilton Farmers’ Market – Check out this video to learn more about what they have to offer
- Ancaster Farmers’ Market
- Ottawa Street Farmers’ Market
- Dundas Farmers’ Market
Community Supported Agriculture
With the rural areas of Hamilton supporting so many local farmers, we do have some options for you to take advantage of local produce and meats at the local markets and in the smaller markets like Mustard Seed Coop – which also offers a weekly “Bounty Bag” program for pick up, but you can also arrange CSA deliveries:
The city also supports a program called the Victory Gardens, and they are volunteer run and maintained, with 12 sites around the area and the produce is all grown to be donated to local shelters and food bank. I’ve personally had the opportunity to spend some time working with them and plan on continuing.
Oliver’s Garden Project is a charitable project started by Oliver and his sister Piper – they grown their own vegetables, and sell them around the city donating 100% of the proceeds to local Youth Charities. An amazing example of youth leading the charge to support their community.
Not Your Typical Eating Experience
Go Cooking – The Hamilton Spectator hosts regular events with local chefs in a cozy kitchen setting. Enjoy a 3 course meal with wine pairings while watching a demonstration of the meal you’ll be eating, then recreate the meal at home with the provided recipes. in 2016 there are big changes coming to the Go Cooking program- stay tuned!!
Pop Up Hamilton – it started out as a Dish Crawl, and now Dave Hanley and his wife Nicole Longstaff organize these amazing events in non-typical locales with wine or beer from local producers, with multi course meals prepared by teams of local chefs, bakers, and even food truck operators to give you a total eating experience. Locations and participants are always changing, and they don’t let you know all the details until a few days before adding to the fun!
Tree House Kitchen – Chef Nancy Henley and her husband built a home in Dundas with a tree growing in the foyer. Yes, you read that right. You get to take classes in her literal Tree House Kitchen! She offers private dinners and group classes. She has strong philosophies on not only preparing the food, but also in respecting where it comes from.
Most major chains are represented in most areas: Metro, Fortinos, Food Basics, Costco has a location in Ancaster
Some additional ones to check out are: Mustard Seed Co-op and Nations in downtown, Various Asian Markets located in the downtown area like B&T on Queen North, Wholesale Club and Lococo’s in East Hamilton, Highland Packers is a favourite in upper Stoney Creek, Hamilton West features a real treasure in Fidde’s wholesale vegetables, a local secret known to many in Ainslie Wood, Goodness Me with locations in Kirkendall (Locke street), Upper Hamilton (Upper Gage) and now in Waterdown as well.
Some family owned local options include Picone’s in Dundas, Zarky’s Fine Food with 2 locations on Hamilton Mountain and one in lower Hamilton on Dundurn South and Denninger’s is a local favourite for speciality International food items with 4 Hamilton retail locations: 2 downtown, 1 in stoney creek and 1 on the Mountain on Upper James.
Hamilton-based Food Bloggers
- The Hungry Gnome – Stoney Creek native and regular contributor to The Hamilton Spectator, Chanry Thach takes us through her foodie adventures
- Hamilton Small Fries – love Hamilton, food, and branding
- Eating Your Content – Word of Mouth One Delicious post at a time
- Un Haricot Vert – Making Food Memories one bite at a time