There are a wealth of interesting eateries in a two-block stretch of Hamilton Avenue in Northside, most of which offer great choices for the health-oriented foodie.
Honey is the most renowned and considered by many to be one of the best restaurants in the city. There’s also the sometimes-quirky Slim's and the vegetarian-friendly Melt, to name the best. But don’t overlook Hideaway, Take the Cake, or Sidewinder's Coffee and Tea, a few doors down from the Northside Tavern.
The decor and ambiance at Sidewinder's are just as funky-boho as many of its neighbors. The place is somewhat reminiscent of Sitwell's just across the bridge in Clifton, in that it's a coffee house with a hard-liquor (but no beer and wine) license.
While there's a long list of coffee, tea and other hot and cold drinks, the food menu is relatively short and includes nothing heavier than tuna or chicken. Try a lunch of the daily soup offering and half a sandwich, pictured here. For a cold-weather treat, accompany your meal with was a cup of Hot Buttered Rum. If you;re still hungry, there are sweet treats to top off the experience.
The prices are budget-friendly, and the crowd tends to be young and very casual.
Sidewinder is at 4181 Hamilton Avenue and it's open every day.