Since I am both “from” Kingston and the editor/publisher of the CheapEats Restaurant Guides, I get asked often where to go in Kingston for good eats cheap.
Since I’m heading down to Podcasters Across Borders in Kingston this weekend, I decided to share this email which I wrote for a friend headed down to Kingston for the weekend. It includes both cheap, and not-so cheap places mostly within walking distance of the waterfront.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on these restaurants and any other recommendations you think should be added to the list of where to eat in Kingston.
Where to Eat in Kingston
Casa Domenico – 35 Brock Street
It’s a new find (for me) and not a CheapEat but it’s a place I was delighted to find. Tasty food, good menu and since I was introduced to it by a vinophile, who also happened to run into her friend, a Lifford wine agent selling to the restaurant, the wine list should be pretty solid. Not a CheapEat. www.casadomenico.com
The Pilot House – 265 King Street East
the spot for a pint and fish & chips in K’ton. Enough said. www.pilothousekingston.ca (Not enough for you? Okay, it’s a great little pub which has been around forever, or at least it feels like that. Limited space inside but a big side patio, great beer selection and good food.) www.pilothousekingston.ca
Kingston Brewing Company – 34 Clarence Street
solid brewpub with some interesting specials and a pub atmosphere. Lots of great nooks and crannies with a big open space upstairs. One of my standard places to hit when I’m looking for good, reliable eats w/ beer. The Dragons Breath Real Ale is the brew-house fave a Premium Bitter/ESB. On the edge of being a CheapEat www.kingstonbrewing.ca
Morrison’s – 318 King Street East
another Kingston tradition. It’s a diner and best for breakfast or lunch (IMHO). If you are from Toronto, you might compare it to Fran’s. If you’re from Ottawa think a cross between Mello’s & the Mayflower. A CheapEat.
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Chez Piggy – 68-R (rear) Princess Street
one of “the” Kingston restaurants. It’s tucked away in an old-limestone courtyard and it’s patio seating is lovely on a sunny afternoon. Generally and interesting and flavourful menu. Not a CheapEat. www.chezpiggy.com
CLOSED – The Sleepless Goat – 91 Princess Street – a BoHo co-op cafe with lots of tables, fair-trade coffee and free WIFI. The food is good, and if you’re looking for a place to grab coffee, breakfast or lunch it’s a good spot to hit. A CheapEat www.thesleeplessgoat.ca
Pan Chanco – 44 Princess Street
originally the bakery for Chez Piggy, it has evolved to have a nice little bistro-style restaurant tucked in the back. Great breads that translate into good sandwiches and excellent bread basket with anything you have. Not a CheapEat panchancho.com
CLOSED –Windmills Café – 184 Princess Street – my mom loves this place and they get attention for being a “foodie’s destination”. I’ve never been overly blown away, but the food is good and solid. (I’ve been known to be a little extra snobby about things at this price point.) Not a CheapEat www.windmills-cafe.com
Hoagie House – 384 Division Street
takeout-only but a Kingston Classic. Kind of like a sub but much better. If you are headed this way a Steak Hoagie is the way to go. Unfortunately, the only location left is on Division Street, so it’s a bit of a hike from downtown if you don’t have a car. Totally a CheapEat.
Star Diner – 849 Princess Street
not downtown so a bit far if you don’t have a car, but a nice little diner for breakfast or lunch. A CheapEat.
These are some places with Good Press but I’ve never been.
CLOSED – Lukes – 264 Princess St. – very young chef who started the restaurant at something like 14 (he’s 18 now) with a focus on French cuisine. Not a CheapEat www.lukesgastronomy.com
AquaTerra by Clark – 1 Johnson Street – Clark (no relation) used to run what was often considered the best place to eat in K’ton. Now he runs a place out of hotel. It’s right on the water and has a great view especially at night. I’ve never eaten there but it next on the pile if I don’t just go back to Casa Domenico www.aquaterrabyclark.com [note – since writing the original email, I have been once for lunch. I think it would be better for dinner. Not a CheapEat]
There are also a number of Vietnamese spots sprinkled around downtown. I haven’t been to a bad one… though I haven’t been blown away either. Generally I hit Saigon Delights –272 Bagot Street
If I were heading up and not planning to cook at all, I’d probably hit:
- The Pilot for dinner Friday,
- The Sleepless Goat for a light breakfast Saturday,
- Hoagie House for lunch Saturday and drive down to the water to eat it,
- Casa Domenico for dinner.
- Morrison’s or Star Diner again for Sunday breakfast (or I’d just skip breakfast and go for another Hoagie or hit a Vietnamese place.)