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Bagel Cafe - Locke Street Bakery
Locke Street in my city of Hamilton, Ontario has become a very charming and eclectic area in the last several years. A lovely street crawling up toward the escarpment of Hamilton it houses a beautiful church as well as antique shops, clothing and jewellry shops, hair salons and spas, a tearoom - where you can get your tealeaves read, as well as several eateries, but the gem for me is the Bagel Cafe - Locke Street Bakery!
Of course one of their main claims to fame is their "bagel" of which they have 16 different varieties. Upon entering the store one will readily see these delicious bagels in individual bins alongside one of the walls. Tongs readily available, one can help themselves to either a bagel or two to have right there - or grab a bag to take a dozen or so home for later.
Craig and I used to love to go to the Locke Street Bakery, and "share" a bagel - usually an onion and garlic, a poppyseed or all seed. And on that bagel we would order it toasted one side with Salmon Cream Cheese for him and the other side with either Herbs & Garlic, Strawberry or Scallion Light for me, depending on my particular taste that day. Coffee cups in hand we'd then stroll over to pour ourselves a cup of Seattle's Best, find a seat and wait for our order to be called.
Of course there are many ways you can have your bagel. You can have one of their ten or more selections of cream cheeses, peanut butter - and jam, honey, marmalade, lox or just a "naked bagel" if you so wish. How about a breakfast bagel; maybe an omelet, sausage, ham, BLT or a western, - just a few of the many different varieties of breakfast bagels you can have.
Not Just Another Pretty Bagel Place
Of course there are a variety of other things you can have at the Locke Street Bakery - and Bagel. One can choose from a variety of meats and fillings to create a delicious sandwich either in a wrap, on a baguette - or why not once again on a bagel!! If pizza is what turns your crank today, then by all means go for it - freshly made and baked in their ovens right there, as of course are all of their bagels and artisan breads. And if you are feeling the need to watch your waistline today then you can pick from six different salads and two daily soups.
Lets not forget the "sweet tooth" . On the menu are Cinnamon scones, buns and swirls, banana bread, brownies, butter tarts, carrot cake, muffins, cookies - and the Apple Blossom.
Locke Street Bakery also offers an evening menu with a deliciousl assortment of pizzas, chicken wings and speciality panninis. And if you are having a party at home, they are happy to cater for you.
Bagel Cafe - Locke Street Bakery
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Have a look at whats available. The pictures are so delicious looking, and I can tell you that everything tastes as good as it looks.
A Kid Friendly Place
I'll never forget the first time Craig and I were in the Locke Street Bakery and we looked out the window to see this line of grade school kids bustling down the street toward the Bakery. Surely they can't be coming here. But oh yes they were, the door opened and in flew about a dozen kids with more coming down the street behind them - all of them with their paper money in their hands. Some lined up while others made sure they had a table - in this small space. I'll tell you - you better hang on to your chair, because if not - it could be gone. One by one they would arrive at their table, bagels in hand, water or soda by their side - chattering away to beat the band while we looked on in amazement. And then the owner comes out to greet them, big smile on his face. In no time they were gone, back to St Joseph's school just down the street.
Oftentimes we would arrive at the bakery just before them, or just after them - but we quickly began to realize that this 20 minute period belonged to them. And why not? They were in a safe place enjoyng a bagel just like all of us grown ups. But I'm not ashamed to admit that most days, during the school year we tried very hard to avoid the collision.
All in all the Bagel Cafe - Locke Street Bakery is a warm and friendly place to visit. The staff is very pleasant, the food is delicious, and the owner always takes time to stop by your table to say Hello. Why I've even heard that Meryl Streep dropped by one day while filming in Hamilton. I hope that none of the kids stole her chair.
If you're ever in Hamilton be sure to give it a try!