There’s a new burger being served at The Coach House Tavern & Grille in Hamilton, but you won’t find it on the menu.
Instead, you’ve got to drop the name “The Local” to your waiter or waitress. And what makes it so unique you ask? Its ingredients are all locally sourced.
While many eateries have embraced the farm-to-table movement, The Coach House is taking the effort two steps further, said Chris Stout, head chef at the Berkeley Drive restaurant, once a membership-only establishment. New additions also include a three-tap beer system, exclusively dedicated to Municipal Brew Works beer, a Hamilton brewery located on High Street, while its dessert menu now features ice cream via The Village Parlor, which opened in January nearby.
Ice cream sales have already increased. And the beer? That was a no-brainer.
“We’re trying to focus on building a sense of community within Hamilton,” Stout says, “And a great way to do that is by supporting other local, small businesses. It is a trend, but I think it’s a trend for the better. People are finding when you eat stuff that’s in your area, when you eat stuff that’s grown locally, it just tastes better.”
The Local Burger was born almost out of the blue. Stout was toying with different recipes and thought it would be fun to serve a burger that was all Butler County. The cracked wheat bun is made by the Almond Sisters, a bakery in the heart of downtown Hamilton. The veggies are all from 80 Acres, an indoor vertical farm, also downtown; the greens are dressed with a housemade lemon vinaigrette, and there’s a basil pesto mayonnaise and tomato compote. The star of the show, the hamburger patty, is sourced from Reserve Run Family Farm in Oxford.
(The burger also comes with optional provolone; it’s not made locally, but Stout is still working to find a local—or even Ohio-based—purveyor of cheese). The whole dish is served with French fries.
The staff has promoted the burger a few times on social media, and there’s a rotating burger special every Tuesday, but for now, it’s “kind of a secret menu item,” Stout said. So far, the reception has been positive.
But if you feel like sticking more to the tried and true, The Coach House also serves a 10-ounce pork chop ($22) topped with apple butter and served with butternut, roasted apples, baby kale from 80 Acres, and wild rice. It’s a recipe inspired by Stout’s grandmother. The quinoa-pomegranate salad ($12) is spinach, clementine and apple cider vinaigrette. And the pan-seared salmon ($20) is plated with oyster mushroom, leek, carrot, baby red potato, and parsley sauce.
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Go get The Local burger at The Coach House Tavern & Grille, located at 100 Berkeley Drive, Hamilton, Ohio (45013).