If you’re anything like me, you’re a fan of brunch — the mid-morning meal without which no weekend is complete. Luckily, Kingston has every option to start your day the best way.
Geneva Crepe Bistro
97 Princess St.
Fluffy, paper-thin crepes served sweet or savoury, all day long. Walk no further than Princess and Clergy Streets to indulge in these light delicacies at Geneva Crêpe Bistro.
318 King St. East
Morison’s is the greasiest spoon around, with value that can’t be beat. The restaurant is a long-time favourite of Queen’s students and locals alike, with bacon and eggs served within minutes of your order.
44 Princess St.
For the best French toast of your life, head to this charming limestone bakery. Serving breakfast daily from 7 to 11 a.m., and an unparalleled weekend brunch, Pan Chancho also offers the freshest pastries in town and desserts that are almost too beautiful to eat. Almost.
377 Princess St.
You’ll never miss brunch at Tommy’s, which serves up classic diner breakfast ‘round the clock. The Deluxe, with eggs your way, choice of bacon, ham or sausage, hash browns, baked beans, toast and two pancakes (no, it doesn’t all fit onto one plate), comes in under ten dollars, leaving just enough change for the juke box.
Windmills Casual Fine Dining
184 Princess St.
Lineups are no rarity for Sunday brunch at Windmills, but the perogies and frittatas are well worth the wait. Brunch is kindly served until 3p.m., so there’s no need to rush out of bed for your beloved eggs benedict.
For nights when the cafeteria isn’t an option and you’ve exhausted your capacity for the Lazy Scholar, Kingston offers irresistible eateries.
Atomica Gourmet Pizza & Wine Bar
71 Brock St.
For top-notch pastas and pizzas and one cool cocktail list, it doesn’t get better than Atomica. With its astral décor and intimate setting, this is one of the neatest places to dine in Kingston.
35 Brock St.
With truly gourmet pastas and entrées, and utterly delectable desserts, Casa is an asset to the city. The restaurant sits at a higher price point, so it may be one to try when the parents come to visit. But be careful — after they’ve experienced Casa, they may never want to leave.
68 Princess St.
If your parents once Oil-Thighed themselves, they’ll remember this one, but they’ll be pleasantly surprised by the updated menu, featuring diverse appetizers and dangerously addictive frites.
The Copper Penny
240 Princess St.
A landmark for comfort food, the Copper Penny’s family-sized appetizers are made to be shared, as are this laid back spot’s first-rate French fries.
167 Princess St.
If you love Greek food, you’ll want to visit Grecos. Everything from the shrimpschetta to the souvlaki is so scrumptious, it’s often difficult to snag a table here, so reservations are recommended.
Harper’s Burger Bar
93 Princess St.
This local joint will change the way you think about burgers. The Bull’s Eye is a famous choice, with Monterey Jack cheese, bacon, fried egg, jalapeño peppers and barbeque sauce, but vegetarian and vegan burgers are also featured. Spiked milkshakes and root beer floats complete your meal.
Mango Thai & Pan-Asian Cuisine
161 Princess St.
Try Mango’s pad thai just once, and there’s no doubt you’ll be back for more. Widely adored, Mango offers an array of stir-fries, curries and noodles at its quaint Princess
226 Princess St.
If there’s a range of palettes dining with you, Megalos is the place to choose, serving everything from crab ravioli to fish and chips. Great for large groups, online reservations can be made at OpenTable.com.
394 Princess St.
For the best in Vietnamese cuisine, head to Mekong. Service is quick and food is beyond tasty, every time. Be sure to order their revered spring rolls — no meal is complete without them.
39 Brock St.
With a more contemporary take on Italian fare, Olivea offers modern twists on traditional pastas. Enjoy their gourmet lasagna with a side of live jazz on Tuesdays, but always save room for the crème brûlée.
66 Princess St.
I never expected to find my favourite sushi in Kingston, but one visit to Sima had me hooked. This hot spot is so popular, it recently opened a second location at 296 Princess Street. The Crispy Crunch Maki is a common favourite, but there’s nothing on the menu to be denounced.
Taj Curry House
125 Princess St.
Delicious curries and warm naan bread are always served with a smile at Taj Curry House. While some dishes will clear anyone’s sinuses, you can choose from several flavours, from smoky to sweet.
Woodenheads Gourmet Pizza
192 Ontario St.
One bite of Woodenheads’ wood-fired pizza and you’ll be happy you’ve settled in Kingston. From the Del Bosco to the Luminoso, there’s a pizza suited to everyone’s liking, waiting to be enjoyed on the toasty patio. Reservations are a must — it’s that good.
If you don’t already, chances are you’ll appreciate a smooth cup of joe by the end of your Queen’s career. Whether beginning or continuing your java journey, we’re spilling the beans on the stops you’ll want to make along the way.
322 King St. East
A prized Kingston possession, with a slew of organic blends and notoriously
well-made cappuccino, Coffeeco no longer sits conveniently at Johnson and Division streets, but its drip is well worth the stroll to King and Brock streets. The brand also boasts a second location further from campus, at the Kingston Centre.
33 Brock St.
Sipps offers phenomenal coffee and espresso beverages, with a stunning view of City Hall and Market Square. Enjoy one of their sweet treats or a sizzling panini with your java jolt.
It’s no secret there are some late nights ahead of you. Whether you’re up studying into the lofty hours of the night, in dire need of brain-fuel, or out on the town craving some eats, here’s where you won’t want to miss.
401 Princess Street; 349 King Street East
Bubba’s is always a crowd-pleaser, and with two downtown locations, you can pick up your pies or have them delivered to your door.
292 Princess St.
Eagerly welcomed to Kingston’s food scene, MLT DWN offers a spectrum of grilled cheese sandwiches, from Mac ‘n’ Cheese (that’s right, two cheesy favourites in one) to beef brisket. Can’t decide? Make a custom order.
163 Division St.
I’ll confess I’d never eaten poutine prior to attending university; however, I certainly made up for lost time after discovering Mr. Donair. Its poutine with toppings is the ultimate late-night snack, and its donairs are whipped up before your eyes.
Life is just too short to skip dessert. Indulge your sweet tooth at these Kingston favourites.
Limestone City Cupcakery
326 Princess St.
Upgraded to a new location on Princess St., Limestone City Cupcakery offers luscious cupcakes baked daily, in a plethora of flavours. Try the delicately sweet Lavender cupcake, the summery “S’more Please!”, or the Maple Bacon cupcake (yes, you read that right).
344 Johnson St.
Located hazardously close to campus, Mio Yogi gives Menchie’s a run for its money. The rotation of its show-stopping flavours simplifies your selection process, but that’s before you arrive at the endless spread of toppings for your fro-yo and soft-served gelato. Its sister location, Mio Gelato, is at 178 Ontario St.
Wolfe Island Bakery
311 Queen St.
While its name suggests otherwise, we’re lucky to have this bakery’s flagship location on mainland. This Kingston staple offers an assortment of taste-tantalizing desserts and masterfully baked bread.
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