The Spot: The Locals Eat Here!
Being that the Bermudian people must be some of the most friendly people in the world, it is easy to strike up a conversation with almost anyone, anywhere. And so after a friendly and lengthy conversation with a postal clerk, we asked her opinion for a good place to have lunch. Without hesitation she recommended "The Spot" only a short walk away from the post office. We took her advice and were not disappointed!
The Spot is a little restaurant tucked between other buildings on busy Burnaby Street. At home, in the old days, we would call it maybe a luncheonette or dinette. This restaurant has been in business for over 60 years, and this small place with Formica tables and assorted chairs scattered among two rooms has a familiar feeling and is a favorite of the locals. We picked a table by the window, and our waitress came over shortly to take our order.
Our new-found friend at the post office had recommended the fish chowder which my husband ordered and he pronounced the best he'd ever had. I tried the piping hot lima bean soup and found it delicious as well and wish I had more. Each bowl of soup came with a small roll and butter. With 2 soft drinks added, the bill came to about $15---quite reasonable for Bermuda but not inexpensive for us; and, we were still a little hungry after the long morning, BUT the soups were excellent and we planned to follow this up with an appetizer and ale at a very well-known pub in Hamilton anyway.
We lingered a while to observe the local crowd which came in for lunch or to pick up snacks or take-out orders. The Spot has quite a large menu with everything from soup to nuts. Entrees ran from about $15 to $20 which was more than we cared to spend, but there is something for everyone to enjoy on the menu and I would certainly go back.
Favorite Dish: We only had soups, but they were delicious and served piping hot the way we like it! Service was efficient and friendly. Good location to be within walking distance of other sites and transportation.
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The Hog Penny Pub, Est. 1957: The Hog Penny Pub: Everyone Likes It!
One of my favorite stops in Hamilton was the Hog Penny Pub. Established in 1957, it claims to be the "oldest licensed establishment in Hamilton," and "the original inspiration for the "Cheers Pub" in Boston."
The minute we stepped into the Hog Penny, the pub immediately appealed to me because of its resemblance to the cozy pubs of Britain. The little pub was packed with the day's local lunch crowd as well as tourists but we managed to find two seats at the bar. This turned out to be good luck for two reasons: it gave us a good prospective from which to survey & admire the rest of the pub, and we got to have a little conversation with the hardworking and amiable bartender, Damien. Over a delicious plate of naan bread and 3 dips ($7.95), and a Carlsberg draft ($6.50) with a taste of Kilkenney Cream Ale on the side, Damien kindly answered a few questions about the Hog Penny and his island of Bermuda. I couldn't help but think Damien probably gets very tired of all the tourists, but as the economy of Bermuda is also feeling the economic pinch of the global financial crisis, he must be happy that the tourist crowd patronizes the Hog Penny in a big way.
A full menu, including traditional pub food and even Indian Curries, is available at the Hog Penny and we can attest to the fact that our appetizer was very tasty. I am guessing that since the Hog Penny was very busy when we visited around lunch time, the other items on the menu are just as good. For beer lovers, they have Carlsberg, Bass Ale, Fosters and Samuel Adams, as well as the Kilkenney Cream Ale by Guinness, on draft as well as many other bottle brews to choose from.
Live entertainment is offered nightly and I'm sure it would be a great accompaniment to the food and cozy surroundings of the Hog Penny -- 9:30 pm to 1 am. Unfortunately, we were not able to be at the Hog Penny in the evening to enjoy the show.
I never found out how the Pub came to have its name, but Bermuda does have a penny with the iconic Bermuda hog on it.
Note: all prices listed are 2011. The Barracuda Grill is just above the Hog Penny Pub -- a very upscale dining establishment.
Lunch daily 11:30am - 3pm
Dinner daily 5:30pm - 10pm
Pub daily 11:30am - 1am
The Smokin' Barrel: The Aroma Will Make You Drool !!
"The Smokin' Barrel" is difficult to classify --- should it be called local food, or a street-side BBQ? It's probably a little both. I can tell you if you were not hungry before your nose sensed the delicious aroma of the Smokin' Barrel, you will be afterwards!
Serving up plates of smoked ribs, chicken, jerk chicken, lemon-pepper fish, curried chicken and the like, the Smokin' Barrel has become an area favorite (Southern USA & Caribbean). It's owner, Mr. K. Maybury, began serving his delicious food from a local kitchen, then purchased his truck from the USA because he couldn't keep up with the demand, and needed a better venue. The rest, as they say, is history!
Some chairs and tables are available at the sight who wish to eat al fresco, but the food can also be 'take away.' As the Smokin' Barrel has a terrific location on Front Street near the Terminal Ferry, it's convenient for tourists, city workers, and residents alike and is so popular you can expect a line of customers waiting for this delicious food.
The Smokin' Barrel is open til 11pm most nights and even later on the weekends. Menu items and posted on the side of the truck.
The Frog and Onion: Great food with an English vibe
Great food and nice medevil atmosphere. In the same vicinity as the naval dockyard. There are signs pointing the way. Meal and service were both really good.
Favorite Dish: Order the burgers!
They also have great beer which comes in a glass you can keep.
Flanagan’s Irish Pub, Restaurant and Sports Bar: Bermuda's Only Irish Pub
Bar 11:00 – 01:00 (7 days)
Lunch 11:30 – 17:00 (7 days)
Dinner 17:00 – 22:00 (7 days
Favorite Dish: Some possible dishes to try include:
Bermuda Fish Chowder which Rachael Ray had on her $40/Day TV show (although not here)
Guinness Pie (Chunks of beef simmered in Guinness with mushrooms, onions and potato in a light pastry crust)
All-day Irish Breakfast (eggs, bacon, sausage, tomatoes, black pudding, fries, toast and jam)
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Bob Royale's: Ice Cream Parlor
The sign says that this is Bermuda's newest ice cream parlour, and it does not appear to have been reviewed or mentioned on the internet as yet.
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