Canada’s first capital city has a shockingly great food scene. When you think of Kingston the first thoughts that come to mind are probably of Fort Henry or of the Kingston Penitentiary, but I am here to say that your next thought should be of how great the Kingston restaurant scene is. On a previous visit, I shared what I nicknamed the Gastro Mile food tour. Today I will add to that list and even go beyond the downtown core to share with you a scrumptious bakery and cafe. It is no longer the capital of Canada, but Kingston does have a capital food scene. Let’s eat.
Atomica Pizza & Wine Bar – The first stop on this tour is for thin crust pizza at Atomica. It is located next door to Le Chien Noir from my first visit. So if you are in the mood for casual Italian fare this is it. Here for lunch, we started with an appetiser of Stuffed Fried Olives and then our two mains were a Winter Cobb Salad and the Funghi Pizza. First thoughts are why have I never had fried olives before and second was, yum! If I was driving this lunch would have paired perfectly with a lovely glass of Chianti. Nice patio for when the temperature starts to climb.
Stone City Ales – Are you craving a locally crafted pint to go with an inspired menu that offers hints of Asia, Jamaica and British Pub fare? Stone City Ales is the place to go since they opened in 2014. While I am here mostly for the Dumplings, Kimchi Fried Rice, Eggplant Sandwich and the Pork Belly Bao Bun I will be back for the beer. This flight consisted of the Windward (Belgian Wheat), Amelie (Farmhouse Ale) and the Ships In The Night (Oatmeal Stout). I loved them all but the Windward would be my everyday beer here.
Sir John’s Public House – Want to know where the best happy hour in Kingston is? It’s at Sir John’s Public House on King Street. Monday to Friday join locals, students and tourists from 4 to 6 pm for $5 beer, wine and high balls. You heard me right, $5! To top it off you’ll be drinking in an historic building that was once Sir John A MacDonald’s law office from 1849 till 1860. If you don’t know who Sir John is, he was the first Prime Minister of Canada. To him $5 a drink would have been expensive, today it is a steal!
Toast & Jam – Head out from downtown and you will discover Toast & Jam Cafe at 1530 Bath Road. If you don’t have a car to get here it may be worth it to rent one or take a cab. This casual cafe offers a very tasty menu all made in house including the bread. I had the Cafe Clubhouse with a bowl of Cream of Mushroom Soup. WOW, that fresh focaccia is out of this world. If you want to buy some bread or treats to take home, just cross the room to the other side and enter their bakery called Bread & Butter. This is a culinary destination.
Casa Domenico – Craving a taste of Italy? Come to Casa Domenico and their fresh take on Italian cuisine with a glass of wine or two. I was joined by new friends at the bar and we spent the evening laughing drinking and sharing a few appies before our mains. Loved the Beef Carpaccio and Arancini Balls to start with. A side Ceasar is the perfect salad before my Gnocchi al Gorgonzola. I could easily see Casa Domenico being my every day Kingston restaurant when I visit. Super friendly staff as well.
Well, there you have it. More great dining options in Kingston to add to my previous list of places to eat. I hope you get here soon and check it out for yourself.