Blue is often associated with depth and stability. It symbolizes trust, loyalty, wisdom, intelligence, faith, and heaven. Blue slows human metabolism and produces a calming effect. Blue is the color of the sky, the sea, and Hamilton’s.
The blue neon sign seen from the street is as beautiful as the interior of the restaurant. Fresh flowers, wood blinds, stuccoed walls, white clothed tables and the singular blue glasses and underplates. This is certainly a classic restaurant with a twist.
Hamilton’s is a contemporary American cuisine restaurant where the chef Curtis Shaver combines the best local and seasonal ingredients with a top-level handle on cooking techniques and presentation. Locals love it for dinner and brunch, and even more when weather allows for outdoor seating.
There are several flagship dishes like the shrimp with creamy grits, the house crab cakes, the double H farm Pork Chop with apple glaze and the Seared Striped Bass. Also interesting vegetarian options: the Blue Plate Special, a meatless entrée that changes daily. If you are not too stuffed after that it is worth trying some desserts, a trio of sorbets or Artisan Cheese Board depending on the mood. If you want to move directly to a coffee, the sampler of four Gearharts (local chocolatier) may be best while having a good conversation.
Once a month Shaver and his team at Hamilton’s organize Sandwich Lab, a funny spinoff project. This is their statement: “Sandwiches rock. This is a fact. But do you know who makes the best sandwiches? Restaurant chefs. Think about it. They’ve got the skills, the ingredients, the equipment…it’s a stacked deck.” So stay tuned to their site and FB page for updates…
Hours: Mon-Thu 11:30am-3pm and 5pm-9pm. Fri-Sat 11am-3pm and 5pm-10pm. Sun 11am-3pm
Text and photo: Eduard Bayer