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Bagel Cafe - Locke Street Bakery

Updated on November 4, 2012

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.

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!


5 out of 5 stars from 2 ratings of Bagel Cafe - Locke Street Bakery


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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      That is the way of things and it does seem a shame. I just adored St. Augustine FL years ago, the old street, an old artist there I talked to each time, the feel of it all and today it is nothing like my memories and so strange I had a younger brother fall in love with it later, a completely different place and no doubt it has changed for him. But you know we do have the memories, no one can take those.

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      Lynda 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks Jackie. Locke Street Bagel has changed now. It's the times. Starbucks moved in down the street and business changed, which I think is a shame because this place was unique. However, the owner is in the same business, only in a different bent, supplying his bagels and such. I am happy that Craig and I had the experience there.

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Such a warm and cozy reminiscing. You are so lucky to have so many loving, beautiful memories. You have been blessed. ^+

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      Lynda 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Holy smokers - Lake Erie - now Hamilton - it sure is a small world. Thanks for reading my hub. Didn't have much going on here re Hurricane Sandy - just rain, rain and rain and wind, but not as strong as they called for, thankfully. How was it on Erie?

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      epigramman 5 years ago

      ....well what a small world this is .....I often go the Locke street library up the street and two streets over on Frid Street is where I work at the Spectator newspaper - love my bagels in the morning at my own cafe - the lake erie cafe - lol - but I also appreciate this hub showcase of an establishment near and dear to your heart - how was your fall so far?

      I always consider November as the gateway month to winter - did you get through Hurricane Sandy alright? Sending you warm wishes and good energy from the lake erie cafe - lol

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      Lynda 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks whonu - your comments always mean so much to me. I always say that "I write from my heart" it's the only way I know. Hugs!

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      Lynda 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thank you Mhatter for having a read - Isn't it wonderful how we all have a favourite bagel place. I guess its universal!

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this delightful review and tour. I was cradled into the world of bagels with Noah's.

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      whonunuwho 5 years ago from United States

      These bagel places, doenut shops, are the little spices of our everyday lives that add to and make each one a little more special. Thanks,craiglyn. I always enjoy your work and how down to earth and heartwarming it always is.

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      Lynda 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks Gail - I just voted on yours too!! : )

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      Lynda 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Deb thanks so much for reading and commenting on my hub. I have now added the ratings section - hope I did it right. Yes, for a steel town Hamilton is quite beautiful. It's saving grace being on Lake Ontario and part of the Niagara Escarpment. Thanks again for visiting.

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      Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      I see you added the ratings section so I came back and cast my vote! Good Luck.

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      Lynda 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Gail - yes we seriously tried to avoid the kids time at all costs. They were cute, but maybe just the first time - LOL. I didn't know about the ratings section - is this just for restaurant review??? Thanks for your comments. I have added the rating section but not sure if I did it right.

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      Deb Welch 5 years ago

      I enjoyed reading this Review Hub. I always wanted to try lox. Everything sounds delicious - Seattle's Best, butter tarts,Scallion Light cream cheese, to name a few. I now go to Manhattan Bagel - here in NY - my choice is Autumn Roast coffee,an Everything bagel with a veggie cream cheese. Voted Up - Useful and Interesting. I know Hamilton is really beautiful - we knew a family from there. Thanks. (Yes - with the Contest - you could add the Rating - mine would be 4.)

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      Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      Looks like a beautiful town and the Bagel Cafe is definitely the kind of place I love to visit.

      How cool that during the school year many of the children at St. Joseph's School come in. I could just imagine your surprise the first time it happened, and like you, I would have planned my subsequent visits for after the deluge. Love kids but they can shatter the peace and quiet (and rightfully so.) LOL

      Voted up, useful, awesome and beautiful.

      FYI: I would have given this 5 stars but I couldn't find the ratings section. You should still be able to get it entered into the Rigorous Review Contest if you add a ratings section.

      Good luck.

      Hub Hugs,



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