If you are from Burlington or Hamilton you would know what separates these two cities (I hope). I am not talking about the vast acres of professionally manicured land at the Royal Botanical Gardens, I am talking about its neighbor, Easterbrooks.
Founded by a Burlington family in 1930, Easterbrooks is known for their foot long hot dogs and their decor which hasn’t changed since the day it opened. Space is scarce in the diner so red vinyl stools are placed at the bar and the side wall beside a vintage (almost antique) hunting game. The hot spots are three wooden booths where you can make yourself a part of Easterbrooks history by tagging your name on their benches. The oldest love story I read was “Jim + Mary ’68”. Wonder if their romance lasted as long as Easterbrook’s furniture?
The Easterbrooks menu is set is stone with hamburgers, fries, milk shakes, floats and foot longs. The hot dog menu is listed on paper plates glued to the wall and there are over 20 to choose from (veggie dogs available). I went with the Guided Missile topped with onions, dijon mustard and sauerkraut. I’m sure the name has something to do with the destruction of what was once fresh breath but either way it was worth this day.