A little while ago I had the pleasure of meeting up with Kristin from I Heart Hamilton. Both of us, being explorers of Hamilton, decided to collaborate in our meanderings and check out a few of the new places popping up on King St. East together.
So happy to see revitalizing changes going on along this strip of King Street!
Our first priority was to stop for a bite to eat. Kristin, knowing all things Hamilton, got me caught up with the word on the street that a new Caribbean lunch spot had just opened up.
In the space where the old Barbarossa Moroccan tea house used to be now stands the brand new Apple Berry Café. It’s a down to earth kind of place that’s got the right prices for healthy, fresh lunches and snacks on the go or to eat in house. Kristin and I were in no hurry so we sat back in a window-seat booth ordered our lunches and chatted with owner Opal Osiol.
Opal is just about the happiest woman on King Street! You can tell she loves what she does mostly because she does everything with a gorgeous smile. When chatting with Opal she mentioned that for years she lived in Hamilton just down the street from King but had just recently moved to Oakville. When she saw the space on King Street become available and the opportunity to open up Apple Berry she couldn’t turn it down despite now having to commute into the city. Funny how things sometimes work out, isn’t it?
You can tell that the business for Opal is really a labour of love. She’s committed to making all her dishes fresh and from scratch. While we waited for our lunches Opal squeezed up two fresh lemonades. They were super refreshing on a hot summer day and they were priced so reasonably too -$1 each!
The menu is pretty extensive. Ranging from breakfast, baked goods and sandwiches to full lunches with sides. It’s kinda a secret but Opal even mentioned that although not on the menu on some days (if they have all the ingredients) her daughter, who works along side Opal, would cook up roti too (you just have to ask)!
I went for a lunch combo of pan fried fish with lemon and butter. With the combo you can pick a side of either home baked macaroni and cheese (which looked awesome), rice pilaf or rice with beans. I opted for rice with beans. For a meal including a drink and taxes, everything was under $10!
While Kristin and I were there we saw a bunch of people picking up their pre-ordered lunches to go and we saw Julie Gordon from J.H. Gordon Books next door stopping by for a freshly made smoothie. Apple Berry already seems like a great neighbourhood fixture, and even if you’re not from the neighbourhood you should stop by for a bite to eat. There are some good things going on over there on King East. While you’re there stop in and visit Julie at her bookstore too.
Apple Berry’s does local neighbourhood delivery service for lunches on the go to anywhere in short walking distances. Or if you’re in a hurry and have a limited lunch hour you could always order your lunch in advance and swing by to pick up too. Apple Berry’s is open from 9:30am Mon-Wed 5:30pm (Thurs-Fri 9:30am until 7:30pm). Friday, July 27th is there Grand Opening! Stop by for some free menu sampling and say hi to Opal.
It has been great over the past few months to be meeting up with some of the other fabulous people that are just as much in love with Hamilton as I am. Had a great time with Kristin exploring, and I feel honoured being included on one of I Heart Hamilton’s tour stops. Thanks Kristin!
Check out I Heart Hamilton’s post here.
*Apple Berry’s Café, 312 King St. East, 905.962.8488