The name of Son of a Peach in Burlington is unforgettable. With a play on the similar sounding “Son of a Bitch”, this downtown “gastro-pizzeria” has stood out from all other restaurants in the area with its funky name.
But there’s more to this spot in Village Square than its interesting moniker.
The food is fresh and flavourful and the atmosphere fun, comfortable and with retro touches. Funky lighting has your eye drawing upwards, while the big brick oven that dominates the open kitchen is reminiscent of 19th century fireplaces in kitchens.
My husband and I decided to do a date lunch at Son of a Peach during a day off. In the mid-afternoon, on a Friday in May, Son of a Peach isn’t overly busy. You can grab a seat at a table or at the long, granite-topped bar by the kitchen or in the separate area connected via a small passageway.
The menu is simple – you don’t have a long list of choices, but those that you do have all look enticing. It’s difficult to choose and I warn you to avoid the “eyes are bigger than the stomach”. The portion sizes are just right, if you choose the personal-sized pizza. Two people can share one and a starter salad and feel just about full.
We started off with the house Caesar Salad. Your eye is drawn to the grilled lemon half. The greens are fresh and coated with a slightly spicy, house-made Caesar dressing. Candied maple bacon bits are what make this salad go from great to awesome. They are like bacon candy and you can’t stop at eating one bit. There’s enough salad to share with your plus one.
While I loved the Caesar salad, I wasn’t so impressed with our choice of pizza. We decided to share a personal-sized one for a “light” lunch.
My husband Frank decided we would have the spicy JJ’s Hawaiian. He loved it – it’s full of pickled jalapenos, including some that hide under cheese and ham. I would have done without the jalapenos as they were overpowering the flavours of the house made tomato sauce, pineapple, smoked bacon and smoked peameal bacon. Basil and mozzarella were drowned out by the burning sensation in my mouth after the third bite.
I can only imagine what this pizza would taste like without the jalapenos, or with only a few for a light zing.
Despite my burning mouth, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Son of a Peach. There’s so much going for this place and I’m sure that the other menu options are yummy. The Fig & Prosciutto and the Wild Mushroom pizzas look to be more to my taste (no jalapeno’s on the ingredient list).
I was enjoying a glass of wine with my pizza – it was helping to cut the burn. You can also enjoy craft beer and cider with your meal.
Bonus points for the friendly, attentive and quick service – they make you feel welcome and special from the initial hello.
Will we return? Most definitely as I want to explore the less spicy pizzas on the menu. And of course, my hubby can get his spicy jalapeno fill with JJ’s Hawaiian again.
Have you ever visited Son of a Peach in Burlington? I’d like your thoughts as well on what you liked.