It is always a pleasure to find a place that is wise enough to choose one thing and do it exceptionally well. Charred is one of those places. This tiny and intimate little central Hamilton resto does chicken, - charred on a charcoal rostisserie and served with homemade piri-piri sauce.
They do several different riffs on the charred chicken theme - one of the best is the poutine - fresh cut fries, homemade piri piri cheese curds and gravy. Add charred chicken on top and this is a filling and delicious dish. (Regular $5; large $7; charred chicken on top, $3)
There's also chicken to take out, as well as fresh salads and roasted potatoes.
And that's about it - simple, delicious and really well done.
The space is also unpretentiously simple, with reclaimed brick walls, some local art, and tables in the window that give a clear view of the action on James Street.
Charred is an attractive place for a casual lunch for those who love BBQ chicken and piri piri. It's another good excuse to hang out on James Street North.
244 James St. N.,