Top 5 Breakfast Eats, Only in #Hamont
Those who know me very well know that I LOVE Breakfast. I will eat breakfast foods literally any time of day – I especially love Breakfast for Dinner (however I enjoy a good bunch every once in a while).
Tired of going to the Pancake House by campus? Here are my Top 5 suggestions for breakfast restaurants in #Hamont, including a guest review from fellow Pop the Bubble blogger, Jen!
Rankins is an old school bar and restaurant located on Main St. E near Kenilworth, about a 15 minute ride on the B-Line Bus. It’s been around for 50 years, and beforehand the owner of the place ran a China Shop in the same location (Rankins happens to be my Mom’s high school hangout spot – this is how I heard about this). It’s a classic breakfast place in Hamilton, with decent prices for good quality. Check it out if you’re looking for an adventure and a restaurant with a Hamilton vibe that’s a bit quieter than ones on James St. N.
Perks: If you or someone in your group is not feeling breakfast, Rankins also has a menu with a wide variety of tasty dishes (yum!).
4) Jet Cafe
A ‘hole-in the wall’ breakfast place on King St. just past Jackson Square. I happened to find this on a whim while working in Downtown Hamilton two summers ago. Jet Cafe is low key and the food is perfect for a student budget (I paid for a full breakfast for around $5), but they give you lots and it’s delicious.
If you’re walking around James St. N and looking for a quieter spot with great food for a reasonable price, walk back down to King St. Just walk a little further east to Jet Cafe.
3) Papa Leo’s – Review by Jen!
“Whenever I asked for brunch recommendations, someone would always suggest Papa Leo’s. It seemed like a consensus among the Hamilton foodie Instagram community, and most of my friends from Hamilton, that the Papa Leo’s was one of the best brunch spots in Hamilton. It’s a bit pricey (you can expect to spend about $15-20 for food here), but worth it! A lot of people recommend the crab cake benny, but I tried them and I didn’t like the deep fried crab cakes, but I guess it depends on your taste. I really like their sourdough French toast, and their hash dishes are amazing! It’s group friendly (but I’d say it’s good for groups up to 6 people, since it is a little small), and it’s totally Instagram-worthy.” – Jen
Thanks Jen! I’ve never heard of Papa Leo’s before but I’ll have to try it – I love crab cakes and sourdough French toast!
2) West End Diner
Looking for a restaurant with great breakfast options without having to worry about getting lost on the HSR? Look no further than West End Diner, a cute underrated diner farther down Main St. West near Dundas. Like Rankins, West End Diner has a variety of different options, but as always, I’m going to recommend the breakfast menu. Not only are their breakfast dishes tasty, they are also affordable on a student budget and just a short bus ride from campus area. A great option for that last minute Sunday brunch or if you’re looking for comfort food on a weeknight.
…1) Bedrock Bistro
A classic Hamilton restaurant famous for its breakfast and brunch – it’s a whole restaurant literally themed around “The Flintstones” (a classic 1960s cartoon). Maybe I’m a little biased since I used to go here often with my Nana growing up, but if you want to get a feel for the vibe of Hamilton, Bedrock Bistro is where it’s at. It’s located right on the b-line at Parkdale and Queenston, a 20-minute bus ride from campus. Great prices (for breakfast about $6-$12, and you get lots so it’s totally worth it) plus the pancakes are fluffy, the homefries are fantastic, and every breakfast item alongside them are excellent. If you love brunch, I highly recommend going to Bedrock Bistro.
Disclaimer: Breakfast/Brunch on Weekends are incredibly busy due to popularity with locals – proceed with caution if you go before Noon on weekends, as the line will be out the door and you may have a very long wait.
Now I’m really craving brunch. Maybe I will try something new and go to Jen’s suggestion of Papa Leo’s this weekend!
Got a recommendation I missed? Tell me about your favourite breakfast/brunch spots in #Hamont in the comments!