Earth to Table: Bread Bar
Hi Hamilton friends! Some people have told me that I haven’t posted in a while, and they’re right. It seems like an eternity since I last posted and it pains my heart very much to be separated from you folks for so many moons. Some people also told me that I have a flair for being overdramatic. I don’t know what the hell they’re talking about. Anyways, today we’ll be travelling all the way to the very end of Locke Street to feature Bread Bar, a Hamilton favourite.
Although spacious, Bread Bar rarely feels that way due to the high volume of customers that it always attracts – a testament to their delicious food and great atmosphere. The space and interior design are hip, yet laid-back lending itself to communal meals, sharing, and great conversations. When I went in on Canada Day weekend, that was exactly what happened – I enjoyed an amazing meal filled with great conversations and a bunch of shared plates. Sharing plates, just as a general rule regardless of where you eat, is probably a good idea – you get to try more options on the menu and it’s is almost always easier on the wallet as well.
Going with a few of my friends, we started off with calamari and their “Loaded Fries”, which is literally fries on steroids and is a daily creation depending on what’s in stock in the kitchen and what the chef is feeling. When we went, the fries were loaded up with truffle mayo and shredded parmesan, and I swear, my tastebuds cried from happiness. I think everyone else’s tastebuds were also crying from happiness, because the entire basket vanished almost as soon as the server put it down on our table. From eating the Loaded Fries, I think I have a new bucket list item, which is to acquire all the truffle mayo in the world. All of it.
After gorging ourselves on some delicious appetizers, we ordered two pizzas, with three different flavours. On our large pizza, we had half Bee Sting (red sauce, mozzarella, spicy salami, basil, honey, chili oil, lemon ricotta) and Wise Guy (red sauce, mozzarella, caramelized onions, fennel sausage, roasted red peppers, and chilies). On our small pizza, we had Apple & Bacon (white sauce, mozzarella, smoked cheddar, caramelized onions, and fried sage). The pizzas come uncut for the most part, allowing you to become part of the process. Due to how loaded every single slice is and how gooey and melty the cheese is on the pizza, these are definitely slices that you want to eat with a fork and knife, unless you’re an absolute savage. A pro-tip would be to ask for their truffle mayo and garlic aioli.
What I enjoyed about each of these pizzas was their willingness to experiment with ingredients that fall slightly outside the boundaries of what are considered to be typical pizza toppings. You wouldn’t think lemon ricotta (I didn’t even know lemon ricotta was a thing), would pair so well with the spicy salami and honey flavours, but it does. Every bite is an absolute flavour bomb, and a lot of it I believe ties back to Bread Bar’s Earth to Table philosophy. Having 5-point system of interconnected values integrated into the way they do things, they infuse authenticity, fun, and community to create a culture of food made with, care, consciousness, passion, and love. They stress fresh ingredients and making connections with local farmers so that every meal that is put on the table is humane and environmentally conscious. If you’re into these positive vibes and some seriously delicious meals (and truffle mayo), this place is a must-try for any Hamiltonian.