By Michelle Martin
Published February 18, 2013
Earlier this month, we took in Soulpepper's excellent production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.
Wanting to make it a real evening out, we went for dinner at a restaurant in the Distillery District for the first time, which was fine, but overpriced for the food presented and service given.
Next time we head to Toronto for an event, we will make a reservation for an early dinner here in Hamilton. It is, after all, how we have learned to handle eating out when we have tickets to a Shaw or Stratford Festival production, preferring the quality and value we've gotten used to here over an inflated and hurried theatre/tourist district dining experience.
Just this weekend, we met with friends of ours from Toronto to go out for a Hamilton dinner. We have taken them to three different restaurants so far. They have thoroughly enjoyed each one, and are looking forward to the next.
Lest you think we are dealing with a combination of hometown boosterism and loyal old friends here, I present as supporting data an observation from one of our older children, home for reading week from Western.
More than one person she has encountered on campus has remarked, upon hearing that she is from Hamilton, not anything about steel mills, or Tiger Cats, or even our own university, but about how good the food is here.
So there you go - a great dining experience is part of our city's reputation, even from the far-flung corners of Toronto and London (ahem, Ontario).
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