The Dirty South food truck is opening a restaurant in Hamilton

One of Hamilton’s most popular food trucks will be getting permanent digs this year.

The Dirty South, a Hamilton-based food truck known widely for serving up Southern-style street food with curbside service at a whole host of festivals and events, is set to open its very first storefront in the downtown core.

Not only is The Dirty South’s truck a prominent fixture at pretty much any local festival you can think of, but they also bang out hearty Southern comfort food with serious flavour and quality under the leadership of owner and chef Brett Liersch.

From hickory-smoked pulled pork sandwiches to fried chicken poutine, you pretty much can’t go wrong with any of The Dirty South’s playful and deeply satisfying offerings.

With a food truck venture so successful, a permanent storefront location in Hamilton makes plenty of sense; especially while the city is experiencing a major culinary renaissance, with Southern-style cuisine playing a considerable role. As Dirty South’s co-owner and event manager Kara Liersch tells me, the timing was just right.

“It was one of those moments where everything came together,” she explains. “We haven’t been actively looking, but have always kept our ears open. The timing and the location were serendipitous.”

The location is a prime one, too; The Dirty South will be located on the corner of Barton and James North, joining a pocket of Hamilton that’s becoming known for being a major foodie destination. In fact, with The Dirty South joining spots like Saltlick Smokehouse, Uncle Ray’s Food & Liquor, and the forthcoming Steeltown Smoke, the James North strip is set to become the city’s defining hub for Southern food and barbeque bites.

What can we expect from The Dirty South’s quick-service menu, you ask? As Liersch explains, the storefront location will feature many favourite staples from the food truck, as well as customizable dishes suited to virtually any foodie.

“Our main priority is to have something for everyone regardless of dietary restriction – we will have vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and keto choices,” says Liersch; a refreshingly inclusive decision considering how much Southern cuisine caters almost exclusively to carnivores.

If news of The Dirty South’s physical location excites you, don’t worry; the wait for its opening day will be a short one. “We have some minor renovations to complete and expect to be open for March,” says Liersch.

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Lead image courtesy of @dirtysouthtruck

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