When your tummy starts rumbling and your taste buds begin to crave something better than the standard on-route diner, there’s always something good cooking in Kingston and Frontenac County. From fine dining and casual eats to craft brews and tasty treats, we’ve got your hunger covered with these 10 foodie favourites—don’t be afraid to ask for seconds.
With on-going developments regarding the global pandemic, please visit each location’s website, or connect with their staff via email and telephone, for updates on COVID-19 procedures such as guest capacity, sanitization methods and mask requirements.
Riverhead Brewery Company
631 Fortune Cres., Kingston
Menu highlights: Oktoberfest Lager | Tropical IPA | Bavarian or Jalapeno Cheddar Stuffed Pretzel
As an independent craft brewery, Riverhead is owned and operated by local Kingstonians who believe it’s all about the journey, not the destination. The beer is brewed and canned on-site, and being a tied house, the brewery offers full pints at the bar along with a front-end beer store for those who want to grab and go.
768 Princess St., Kingston
Menu highlights: Pinky Tuscadero (Raspberry Wheat Ale) | Rum Tum Tugger (Dark & Stormy Sour) | Charcuterie & Cheese Board
Fun, silly and non-pretentious, Daft Brewery is Kingston’s newest craft brewery for anyone who loves beer and enjoys socializing (at a distance). Daft’s mission is to bring a west-coast style taproom to Kingston while offering an array of craft and ciders to be enjoyed on the patio or from the comfort of your own home.
331 King St. E., Kingston
Menu highlights: Avocado Fries | Jamaican Jerk Tacos | Watermelon Fattoush Salad
When you can’t decide on a single meal, why not try a little bit of everything?
Tango Nuevo serves up a menu of delicious tapas to satisfy even the pickiest eaters. The modern purpose of tapas is to encourage socialization among those seated at the dinner table. Tapas are small servings designed to be shared and inspire conversation, rather than a full meal where the focus is on devouring everything on your plate.
Tango Nuevo delivers the freshest ingredients sourced from local growers to provide guests with the ultimate dining experience. With Tango being a small restaurant, it’s recommended to call ahead and book a reservation so you don’t miss a tasty brunch or a night worth talking about.
35 Brock St., Kingston
Menu highlights: Melanzane Parmigiano | Limone | Pollo Prosciutto
Located downtown Kingston across from historic Springer Market Square, Casa Domenico is a blend of classic Italian cuisine with modern and elegant fine dining. Enjoy exceptional food that’s fairly priced while you take in the sights of the beautiful limestone walls, the indoor fireplace and Kingston’s renowned architecture.
As one of the city’s longest-standing restaurants, the staff at Casa go above and beyond to make your visit unforgettable. Each meal is prepared with care using fresh ingredients grown within Kingston and Frontenac County.
Toast & Jam Cafe
Feast On Certified
1530 Bath Rd. Kingston
Menu highlights: Eggs Benny | Caprese Melt | Vegan Chickpea on a Ciabatta
An extension of their popular bakery, Bread & Butter Bakery and Fine Pastries, Toast & Jam Cafe is the perfect place to enjoy breakfast, brunch and lunch in a comfortable, cozy atmosphere. Get your fill of the freshest food with baked goods and savoury items being cooked up next door at the bakery. Using only the highest-quality ingredients, everything on the Toast & Jam menu is made in-house from scratch with the focus on feel-good food that will have you coming back for seconds.
To increase the safety of their guests, Toast & Jam is currently limiting dining times to one hour per table with a maximum of six people per group. Reservations are not being taken during business hours (8AM–3PM); however, the restaurant is available to rent for private events.
1347-2 Gardiners Rd. Kingston
Menu highlights: Mussels Con Tomate | Ranchero Burger | Bean Dip
Self-described as being authentically inauthentic, Mesa Fresca is a Mexican fusion restaurant with a fun, modern and casual setting. By utilizing local suppliers, producers, regional breweries and wineries, guests are rewarded with fresh food and an approachable menu.
Experience Latin and Mexican fare combined with a twist on classic restaurant favourites—from homemade empanadas and hand-rolled flautas to coconut shrimp and braised short-rib burritos. Whether you eat in or order out, Mesa Fresca is sure to hit the spot.
The Maples Restaurant
1004 Medical Center Rd. Sharbot Lake
Menu highlights: Homemade Pizza | Potato Munchers | Hungry Man’s Breakfast
A mainstay in Sharbot Lake for over a decade, The Maples Restaurant is a favourite for residents and visitors alike. Known for its massive pizzas and mini-putting course outside, Maples is a must-try during a local road trip with the family or your bubble of friends. And don’t forget about their breakfast menu, the perfect cure for an early start after a long night on the road.
The Maples Restaurant is located next to Sharbot Lake Beach and steps from the K&P Trail. So grab your food to go and enjoy the fall views while you munch on a great meal.
Back Forty Artisan Cheese
1406 Gulley Rd. Mississippi Station
Menu highlights: Cheese, Meat and Wedge Board Package | Calabogie Blue | Crooked Hills Honey
A small creamery and cheese shop located on a quaint farm, Back Forty Artisan Cheese churns up some of the best cheese in all of South Eastern Ontario. In fact, Back Forty’s original raw ewe cheeses are so popular, they’re used by many of the top chefs from all over the province and are featured in several dishes cooked in our region’s restaurants.
Cheese lovers can purchase directly from Back Forty’s Dairy and Cheese Shop, but you’re asked to place your order online or over the phone a day ahead of time; the shop is open seven-days a week despite being closed for walk-ins.
Seed to Sausage
12821 Road 38, Sharbot Lake
Menu highlights: Duck Prosciutto | Nduja | Jalapeno Blue Cheese
After travelling the world with the Canadian military, owner Mike McKenzie discovered a taste for high-quality artisanal meats. Share (and taste) Mike’s passion for deliciously healthy salami and sausage with recipes passed down from European chefs and sausage makers at Seed to Sausage general stores in Sharbot Lake and Ottawa.
Along with stocking their cured meats in retail stores across South Eastern Ontario, Seed to Sausage provides Ontario-wide shipping. Their products are made from local, ethically raised, hormone- and antibiotic-free pork.
Cardinal Cafe & Shop Inc.
14153 Road 38, Sharbot Lake
Menu highlights: The Cardinal | Soup of the Day| Waffle Dipper
A popular stop for ATV riders travelling the K&P Trail and those journeying to and from Ottawa, the Cardinal Cafe is the perfect pitstop for a quick bite to eat and a good conversation. Located in a renovated church, “The Cardinal” features an ambiance unlike any cafe you’ll find in the region, and the staff is quick to fill your cup and belly with great food and delectable treats.
If you’re a java junkie, the Cardinal Cafe is an absolute must-visit, while Sharbot Lake is a friendly community where residents are always happy to share interesting facts about the area.