Brian Krista, b
June 27, 2011
Losing this year's title for the best burger by the slightest of margins, Hamilton Tavern still took home Ultimate Baltimore awards in two other categories.
The tavern does a lot of things well, but this is what it does best: Create a feeling of community.
If there's a Cheers in Baltimore, this might be it. There are no televisions. If you want to watch "Sportscenter" on an endless loop, you¿re out of luck. But the result is the excited rabble of conversations, laughter and new friendships.
"We get a lot of people coming here just by themselves," says manager Ross Carmen. "A lot of people realize that they live right across the street from one another by just sitting there and talking rather than watching the TV."
The down-to-earth sensibility of the Hamilton area permeates throughout the Tavern. Few watering holes can boast such a loyalty and a large part of that is the bond between the staff and regulars.
The young, laid-back group of eight employees are just as much of a draw as the beer they serve. A large part of that distinction is the pride they have for working at the Hamilton Tavern. They've all been here since the doors opened in August of 2008.
b readers picked the tavern as winner of best happy hour for reasons that include its great drinks specials. The eight drafts rotate daily and include local microbrews and local favorites, such as Brewer's Art Resurrection. No imported brews are kept here; it is all straight-up North American. And, of course, Natty Boh is on draft.
The menu is short and simple and the ingredients are fresh, with a new roll out every season. And they still have the best burger this side of Baltimore. 5517 Harford Road, Glenham-Belford -- Anthony Fair, special to b