January 29, 2014

B.I.Eat (2/13): The Attic

As many of you know, The Hungry Gnome has teamed up with The Hamilton Economic Development Office to promote Hamilton's thirteen BIAs - this month it's Stoney Creek and a visit to The Attic.  

I'll be honest and say this was my first visit to The Attic - but it's definitely not the first time I've heard of it. Its been a Stoney Creek staple for decades and I've driven by many of times. For lunch I was joined by my #BIEat partner in crime Michael Marini as well as Paul & Joe from the Stoney Creek BIA
The Attic is well known for their pizza and I'm well known for my love of bacon - hence the large pizza and cheesy bacon fries ($7.99). Those two go together like Kim & Kanye. There was also a special on wings that day so ...why not? C'est la vie right? Who says no to pizza & wings for lunch? Pshhh, not this girl.
The fries came with ranch dipping sauce and sour cream. This dish wasn't rocket science - fries, cheese,  bacon - it was a double D -  dirty and delicious! There was absolutely no nutritional value to this and you probably shouldn't be eating it everyday - but it was a fantastic combination of two of my guilty pleasure - cheese & bacon. You can't really mess up such a classic duo - and it was a great portion for all four of us to share. 
Also to share, we ordered the 16" BBQ Chicken Pizza (one of their Signature Pizzas) - it came with bbq sauce, mozzarella cheese, and grilled chicken ($17.99). They have something called "The Attic Challenege" where they challenge anyone to finish a 16" pizza in under 45 minutes. The winner receives the pizza complimentary, a hat, a beverage and their name on a plaque displayed in the dinning area. Twenty-two people have successfully completed the challenge with over a hundred attempting it.

I couldn't quite talk anyone into accepting the challenge unfortunately. 

We each devoured a few slices though. The pizza was well cooked - crispy on the bottom but not burnt and the crust was still chewy. They were very generous with the bbq sauce which added a nice sweet flavour to the mix. I would have enjoyed more chicken pieces but that's just the gluttony in me. They were generous with the cheese and baked it well enough that it wasn't oozing with grease - kudos! 

I'd like to consider myself a wing aficionado and I can happily say these were't too shabby. I like my wings to be the GMO variety and unfortunately (or fortunately) I think these were actual 'real' chicken wings. They were cooked well, pretty meaty and weren't dry or grey with just the right amount of sauce. I like my wings more 'plump' and 'juicy' and a little more breaded than these but they were better than your average bar wings.

Is that Michael Marini eating his pizza with a knife and fork?! Why yes it is - and so did everyone else at the table. Can you believe that? I guess I was having lunch with a group of very dapper gentlemen.

I'm glad I finally made my way to The Attic. It definitely reminded me of one of those "Cheers" bars where everybody knows your name and they're always glad you came. I bet you have that song in your head now sucka? 

You can without a doubt consider The Attic your neighbourhood bar - the place just screams comfort & casual - from the banquets, the warm service, to the local sports memorabilia on the walls. It's not one of those pretentious gastropubs that charge you an-arm-and-a-leg to throw a piece of frozen foie on your burger - but a local joint making simple, wholesome food. What a concept right?
Check out last months BIEat here and stay tuned for Februarys Foodie Adventure! 

Happy Eating!

The Attic
589 King Street East
Hamilton, On
The Attic Pizza Parlour on Urbanspoon

*this was a complimentary meal in partnership with The Hamilton Economic Development Office. The opinions expressed are my own

1 comment:

  1. I'm surprised to see a glowing review!

    My experience was pathetic - and that was the best thing I could say. It is such a shame that I had such a terrible experience because the food was sooooo good...
    I came in with my husband and 2yr old to have dinner last night. As soon as we sat down we were disturbed and disgusted with the behaviour of some of the regulars sitting at the bar.
    After they chased off two women sitting in a booth near by, they continued to say and do very inappropriate things in front of my son and the other 2 families with kids in the restaurant, I asked to see a manager.
    When I asked for the manager the waitress said he'd be in at 8pm (about an hour from then). I said, "Excuse me? You have NO manager at all on staff during your dinner rush?"
    Nope. Just the waitress and a bartender.
    She asked if I was asking because of "Steve". So, clearly the staff was aware of his poor behavior and proceeded to do nothing about it till I said something. Even when she told him to stop, he still continued.
    Upon leaving I asked what the manager's name was and when a good time was to call. She said it was Rob and he starts at 8pm, so to maybe give him 20min. to settle in.
    I proceeded to call at 8:20 and was told he'd probably wouldn't be there for another 20min.
    I asked if Rob was the owner and apparently he is...
    Finally I talked to the manager/owner and it's pretty clear why this situation has occurred. He is an imbecile who clearly knows nothing about running a business. All he was doing was feeding me excuse after pathetic excuse and proceeded to try and talk over me and argue with me. Not once did he try and sound empathetic towards my concerns and just said he told the customer in question to not come around for a while.
    Where was he tonight?! He could have trained his staff better to have dealt with the situation properly and maybe, I don't know... BEEN THERE?!!!
    WOW! Will never be returning!!
    I am completely appalled and disgusted with this whole situation.
    Felt like I was on an episode of ‪‎Bar Rescue!