The Burnt Tongue On Locke

182 Locke St S, Hamilton
About The Burnt Tongue:

A place offering soups, sandwiches, burgers, and fries, the Burnt Tongue can be found in two locations in Hamilton. The one we’ll review here is the 182 Locke Street South, in Hamilton, Ontario. Preparing fresh soups and burgers daily, this is a very popular place among the Hamilton community.

There is street side parking for cars; the place is wheelchair accessible and accepts several forms of payment including Apple Pay. There is no TV, no waiter service and no alcohol is served here. You don’t need a reservation to dine at this eatery, and you can order a takeaway meal, but they don’t do deliveries.

A very popular place for lunch and dinner for a large crowd, as many of the people working nearby opt to dine at the Burnt Tongue daily. It is opened seven days a week from 11.30 AM to 8 PM.

Many of the people that have eaten here have left their reviews online on Yelp, Trip Advisor and Google Reviews. I’ve used these to bring you a list of pros and cons of the Burnt Tongue.


  • Fresh soups crafted daily
  • Great burger options
  • Affordable prices
  • Daily specials and hand-cut fries
  • Friendly, professional staff


  • Very limited seating
  • Notes about the price of some items

The Burnt Tongue opened its location on Locke Street in Hamilton in 2016, and since then it has become quite the popular soup and burger spot. The interior is very small and very simple. The walls are painted black, as is the outside of the store, and there are rustic-inspired light fixtures that cast a soft yellow light. The kitchen is semi-open and people can watch their food being plated. There is no waiter service here, so patrons order and get their food at the counter. People get to sit at small seating booths; after all, this is an eatery and not a fancy restaurant.

The main attractions here are the soups, which are more like thick stews. Since these depend on the daily market finds, the menu does not have a list of the offers. Instead, people get to read about the daily soup offers on blackboards in the restaurant and online, on their social media feed. From what I’ve seen, people can enjoy porcini mushroom, Chili con carne, samosa soup, Mediterranean vegetable, Manhattan clam chowder, lemon and lentils and lots more.

The menu also has grilled cheese and French onion sandwiches to accompany the soups, and salads like kale Caesar and kale fruit, nut and goat cheese, good burgers and hand-cut regular or loaded fries. From what I was able to learn about this place, it seems like any soup-lover in the GTA should visit the Burnt Tongue.

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