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What's Good in Kingston These Days?

Heading off to Kingston for a weekend trip in the next couple of weeks.

Looking for what's good in the $20-$30 category for lunch/dinner.

Also wondering if that wonderful Indian place down by the waterfront close to City Hall is still in operation and as good as I remember it.

Not really picky on cuisine, but I do like a lot of veggies with my meal options, so classic French won't cut it. :)

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  1. I've spent quite a bit of time in Kingston over the past few years, though mostly on a student budget. All of these restaurants will get you a $20-30 meal ordering, say, an entree and an app/dessert. I've recently enjoyed:

    - Greco's: reliable Greek (with a very satisfying pork souvlaki entree)
    - Pan Chancho: lovely bakery/cafe with a nice patio area. Lunch only. Good baked treats. I've enjoyed the cumin spiced lamb pita in the past.
    - Woodenheads: the focus is on pizza but they serve other Italian fare. The Nonna Mela was a memorable pizza - good sweet/savoury combination.
    - Saigon Delights: Vietnamese. they're known for their bun (#6 on the menu) - a vermicelli with grilled pork, spring rolls, etc. It's a solid standby.

    There's one more restaurant I thought was really great but the caveat is that I went three years ago:
    - Aqua Terra: located in the Radison Hotel by the water. They had a dinner prix fixe at the time that I thoroughly enjoyed for the flavour of the food, atmosphere, and service. Don't really have too many details but having just looked at their current menu, you can't really go too wrong with their $15 lunch prix fixe.

    Also, the Indian place you're thinking of, I believe, is called Curry Original. Can't say I've been in quite a while but hopefully others can help you out.

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    Curry Original
    278A Princess St, Kingston, ON K7L1B5, CA

    Saigon Delights
    217 Division St, Kingston, ON K7K3Z2, CA

    1. Windmills is very good. Its on Princess Street, right in the middle of everything.

      1. Phnom Penh (335 King Street East)
        A must try! They have amazing Cambodian/Thai food, and huge portions.

        Taj Curry House (125 Princess Street)
        They opened pretty recently. After trying many indian places in Kingston, I can honestly say that this is the best so far (in Kingston). Better than the place by the water front (Curry Original).

        Copper Penny (240 Princess street)
        Good food and atmosphere, for a decent price.

        3 Replies
        1. re: food.lover.t.o.

          I understand that one guy has, one at a time, started six Cambodian/Thai restaurants in Kingston. I starts them and then sells them, and repeats this.

          His latest is Pat's at 887 Division St. There was a newspaper article posted there about this but I only read a paragraph.

          We enjoyed our meal there last week. It was my first Cambodian meal so I'm not able to compare it with Cambodian food in general or the other five Cambodian restaurants in Kingston.

          1. re: food.lover.t.o.

            Cambodiana (on Brock right across Hotel Dieu) is excellent. Phnom Penh is also a good bet. For something not Cambodian, Woodenheads is a great option.

            1. re: food.lover.t.o.

              When I lived in Kingston for a few years back in the day my only form of entertainment was eating out and despite Kingston being a bit small to my liking I loved the restaurant scene. Phnom Penh was one of my favourites, in addition to Cambodiana, and I went back to Phnom Penh a week and a bit ago. It was just as good as I remembered it with huge portions, cheap food, and great quality. Golden chicken and the tofu pineapple are the mainstays at about $8 each (comes with rice).

              Two months ago a friend also brought me some Pan Chancho bread, specifically their rosemary and olive loaf, which has always been my favourite. Kingston never seems to change but in the case of its food, it might be a good thing.

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              Phnom Penh Restaurant
              500 Hazeldean Rd, Kanata, ON K2L2S3, CA

              Cambodiana Restaurant
              161 Brock St, Kingston, ON K7L1S2, CA

            2. hey,

              you should probably take a look aquaterra, i find that most of the other places in kingston are overrated

              for something a little more ethnic try royal angkor - a hole in the wall but the dishes have great flavour!!

              1. #1 for me is Curry Original - it beats all Indian I've had in Toronto, including Amaya.

                Atomica for decent pizza and good bruschetta (get the mushroom bruschetta, amazing), Chien Noir for basic but reliable bistro, Aqua Terra for solid (but overpriced) fine dining, Margaritaville patio @ LoneStar for cheesy frozen margaritas and amazing homemade tortillas, Golden Rooster for great value deli/sandwiches, Windmills for brunch.

                Full disclosure: I did work at Lone Star and have a soft spot for that restaurant. :)

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                Chien Noir
                69 Brock St, Kingston, ON K7L1R8, CA

                Atomica
                71 Brock St, Kingston, ON K7L1R8, CA

                Curry Original
                278A Princess St, Kingston, ON K7L1B5, CA

                Amaya
                1574 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4G3B7, CA

                Margaritaville
                251 Ontario St, Kingston, ON K7L2Z4, CA

                Lone Star Cafe
                472 Morden Rd, Oakville, ON L6K3W4, CA

                Golden Rooster Restaurant
                5 Toronto, Colborne, ON K0K1S0, CA

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                1. re: miketoronto

                  Your Golden Rooster link points to a place in Colborne, I think you meant the one on 111 Princess Street. :) I remember that place, it was pretty good back in the day.

                  1. re: miketoronto

                    miketoronto, I'm heading to Kingston this weekend and am thinking of heading to Curry Original for lunch/dinner. Any suggestions on what I should order? I can't remember if there's anything that they do particularly well.

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                    Curry Original
                    278A Princess St, Kingston, ON K7L1B5, CA

                    1. re: littlelam

                      Yes, the golden rooster on Princess. Chowhound auto-linked to the one on colborne I guess.
                      Sorry I didn't reply sooner, but their butter chicken is unlike any other I've tried. No tomato added to the sauce, stays a vibrant yellow. Unreal.

                      Always liked their rogan josh and their aloo gobi, and make sure to get their onion bhaji, best I've had as well. Hopefully that will help with future visits. :)

                    2. re: miketoronto

                      Sorry Mike,

                      Went to Curry Original for diner last night and it was lame. Onion bhajis were too doughy (in a ball shape) and taste like Campbell's chicken noodle soup powder, Samosas had canned veggies in them, chicken used in curry tasted like those frozen pre salted breasts, beef vindaloo was just OK, and I'd swear the paneer was tofu. Very unimpressive.

                      I not a Toronto Curry expert, but I'd take Curry Twist or even North of Bombay over Curry Original any day.

                      1. re: PoppiYYZ

                        Sorry it was so lame, I used to live in Kingston and always had great meals there. Maybe they've gone downhill, not sure...

                        1. re: miketoronto

                          Hey, live and learn - and usually try again ;-) . Walked by Sleepless Goat on Saturday afternoon and it was packed for lunch. Tried it for breakfast Sunday and I really liked it. Nothing fancy, but good food, reasonably priced, kitschy atmosphere, good music, and GREAT coffee. Add it to the list for next time...

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                          Sleepless Goat Cafe
                          91 Princess St, Kingston, ON K7L1A6, CA