Anyways, you should know the spiel by now, The Hungry Gnome has teamed up with The Hamilton Economic Development Office to promote Hamilton’s thirteen BIAs – this month it’s Waterdown and a visit to The Jitterbug Cafe.
I’ll be honest and say I had never heard of Jitterbug before and the only time I ever come out to Waterdown is for their annual Rib fest. But I think that’ll definitely change after this.
I’ll mention this now – we really don’t give a heads up to the restaurants we feature on BIEat – besides the occasion tweet here and there, we tend to just show up and eat – like regular folk – we even pay the bill, well at least Michael does! So please don’t think these restaurants are rolling out the red carpet for us.
Why am I mentioning this? Because we received the most warm and friendly experience at the Jitterbug – and they had no idea who we were. Don’t worry, I threw a bandaid on my ego – I think I’ll survive. But it just shows how amazing some people are when they get to do what they love. You can tell Shelly, the owner, absolutely loves her job – and who can hate on that?
Michael ordered the Reuben – grilled slices of Montreal smoked meat topped with sauerkraut, mozzarella and dijon mustard with dark rye ($9.25).
One of us – I won’t mention who – ordered the Lunch Combo ($8.95) which is your two choices of either soup, deli sandwich or chef salad.
I ordered one of the days specials which happened to be a peameal bacon sandwich with cheese and grilled veggies on a ciabatta bun. ($11.50) All the sandwiches come with veggie fries and fresh fruit.
I can honestly say my sandwich was absolutely delicious! A little messy to eat but they were incredibly generous with the bacon and the veggies were beautifully caramelized and although this was just a basic side salad – the dressing was pretty stellar. They make them it house and can actually be purchased at the counter where you order.
The boys completely enjoyed their meals as well – judging by the empty plates.
And just when we thought lunch was over – dessert arrived! My sandwich was plenty but my companions devoured every morsel of this decadent chocolate brownie – and even an apple fritter on the side or two! The Jitterbug also does a great job of supporting local artists – the walls are completely adorned by them.
I wish there was a Jitterbug in my neighbourhood because this place was too fricken cute! It was such a cozy room – we were literally talking to Shelly as she was cooking our meal! It’s not a big cafe but definitely enough room to curl up and stay a while. I thought the prices were fair and the portions were great as well.
And because we got to Waterdown exceptionally early (thanks to my stellar driving) we had enough time to swing by Brown Dog Cafe for some of their famous apple fritters. This was my first visit and they were heaven right out of the fryer! Looking forward to enjoying their Locke Street location.
35 Main Street North