Saturday, 7 September 2013


468 James Street North, Hamilton
visited Saturday August 31. 2013

This is the first time I've been to The Harbour Diner for a lunchtime meal.  Usually I'm here for their simple and delicious breakfasts which are priced just right.  Where can you get 2 eggs, bacon, home fries and toast for $5?  Here of course!!!  But they also have quite a lovely lunch and dinner menu to select from.

The diner décor is super kitchy and something you'd find in your great grandmothers kitchen or dining room.  A mish-mash of tables and chairs, some nautical theme accents and floral wall paper all work together to create a cozy relaxed setting for their great food.

We were lucky enough to be seated in the elevated window table where we felt like we had a mini stage to perform on.  Don't worry we didn't do a performance... we just ate very gracefully!  Our young server who seemed new was polite and was dressed to fit the theme there too it seemed.  She didn't know all the daily specials by heart so sent the other waitress over who read them off to us.  We decided to each get a sandwich that we could swap one half with each other just to get some variety.

The Manhattan $9
I ordered The Manhattan $9 which came with a nice big dill pickle and coleslaw on the side.  The sandwich had thinly sliced and super tender corned beef (not the corned beef out of a can type), hard boiled egg, swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato, black pepper chive mayo all on marble rye which was buttered and lightly toasted.  The sandwich was huge and filling and all the components were simple but delicious together.  Everything was fresh and even the hard boiled egg was boiled perfectly... read: not overdone with that grey ring around the yolk.  The coleslaw and pickle were both crisp.

The Marinated Roma Tomato & Mozzarella $6

My girlfriend ordered The Marinated Roma Tomato & Mozzarella $6, of which I had half.  Again another simple combination of ingredients but tasty and fresh.  The tomatoes were very ripe, perhaps this time of year is best to order a sandwich like this, and the bread was toasted just right and a very tasty multigrain.  I would've preferred the mozzarella to be warmed and melted more but other than that this sandwich was great.

The two of us enjoyed quite a lovely lunch for $16 and we even had leftovers to take home. ( Ok my girlfriend did...she eats like a bird I have to say!!!)  I will say this is quite a small little restaurant and I know it gets quite busy here on weekends for breakfast.  So its suggested to go with a small group if possible.  I can't wait to go and try dinner here finally, as they were featured on the food network show "You Gotta Eat Here".  Crab & Lobster Mac n Cheese, Shepherd's Pie and the Turkey Dinner all look really appealing, plus they have daily homemade dessert pies to choose from.

Food 4.5*, Value 5.0*, Service 5.0*, Décor/Ambiance 5.0*
Overall 4.8*. Another Hammer hidden gem!  The food is simple, fresh and comforting and priced just right.  The portions are generous and the charming décor is like none other in the city.  Please make a stop here for any meal and you'll be delightfully impressed.

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1 comment:

  1. There is almost always a lineup when I have visited. Great value and great service.