Kingston may just be my new favourite foodie city. Two hours from Toronto the city has defended Canada from invading Americans, housed some of the countries most dangerous criminals and now has made me one very happy foodie. I came to Kingston to experience the first ever Lumina Borealis winter event and stayed for a walking gourmet food tour crafted by local foodie and new friend Flame. You won’t find this food tour on any attraction list, but the good news is that they are all within walking distance of each other. You can follow this foodie journey or you can venture off my path and discover your own gems of where to eat in Kingston. I guarantee you won’t leave Kingston hungry.
A little background on how this food tour came about. At the Lumina Borealis grand opening event I met local tourism representative Flame Eadie. As we started talking we discovered we had at least ten great friends in common back in Vancouver. “What are your plans tomorrow?” she asked. I want to eat my way around Kingston, would you like to join me? I think you know the answer… Here is the map of all the places we visited. As you can see they are all within a very short walk of each other.
Harper’s Burger Bar – In the top 10 burger joints I have visited Haper’s Burger Bar is where to go if you are craving a great handheld meal. The fries and onion rings are some of the best I’ve ever had. Check out the Bleu Burger, fries and a side order of Panko Crusted Onion Rings. I’m drooling from the memory.
Le Chien Noir Bistro – Craving a little classic French bistro cuisine and perhaps a glass of wine? Check out Le Chien Noir and try the Steak Tartare. The wine list is reasonably priced and offers a few local Ontario wines including some from neighbouring Prince Edward Country.
Tango Nuevo – One of my favourite ways to spend an afternoon or evening is to share some cured meats and cheese over a glass of wine with a friend. Tango Nuevo is the place in Kingston to do this. What’s even better is they locally source as much as possible and have live entertainment some evenings.
Chez Piggy – Affectionately known to locals as “The Pig” this independent restaurant has won numerous awards since it opened in 1979. Built in what was once a limestone stable it is now a tucked away hidden gem in the downtown Kingston food scene. We dropped in during happy hour for a quick cocktail. Next time I’m in town it is on my list to check out for Brunch, but I’ll have to get there early to avoid the line ups.
Kingston Brewing Company – If a pint of beer is what you are looking for then a visit to Kingston Brewing Co. is exactly what you need. Canada’s oldest brewpub they also make their own wine. I didn’t try the wine but I tried lots of beer. Hence the slightly fuzzy focus in this photo.
Dianne’s Fish Shack and Smokehouse – Hunger for a little taste of Baja? Dianne’s Fish Shack is where to go for your classic Fish Tacos. Grilled or battered the choice is yours. Nothing goes better with a taco than a pint of local brew from Stone City Ales. Also on my list of Brunch choices when in Kingston.
The Common Market – My last recommendation is the first pace I visit every day during my stay in Kingston, The Common Market. Whether it’s a fresh baked pastry, grilled panini sandwich or an amazing Espresso this is where I start my day.
This is just a taste of what Kingston has to offer hungry foodies from around the world. My next visit has a bakery, ice cream shop, chocolatier and a few desserts shops on the list of must-visit places.
I bet Kingston surprised you. It sure surprised me and I can’t wait to come back to explore more.