Panorama of Kingston, Ontario from Fort Henry

Savour Ontario Eats – Spotlight on Kingston

As one of the oldest cities in the country, Kingston’s history prevails with not only museums and architecture, but a food philosophy for the ages.

 

The city has it all, with rich agriculture, a core of limestone streetscapes and a waterfront where the St. Lawrence River, Rideau Canal, and Lake Ontario meet. Choose any of your next dining experience with help from our curated list of the city’s best restaurants and markets…

Restaurants & Parlours

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The Everly / Kingston, Ontario

With a seasonally inspired menu filled with refined classical dishes with a modern twist, The Everly Restaurant & Lounge prides themselves on working with Kingston’s finest makers. With organic milk and cream from Limestone Dairy and butter from Sterling, to a wide array of Back Forty cheeses, to their own house made ricotta, creme fraiche and farmers cheese, every creamy, cheesy Everly dish is sure to give an ode to the local terroir. Open Wednesday through Saturday, 4pm to late, reservations are highly recommended!

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Union Kitchen and Cocktails / Kingston, Ontario

From the cream in your coffee, to your buttermilk brined comfort foods, to your cheesy pasta, Union Kitchen and Cocktails ensures every product is sourced from local Ontario dairies. Though everything on their menu is a must, the hand rolled ricotta gnocchi using exclusively Ontario milk, butter, and cheeses prevails to be a house favourite. Next door you can find the Union Market where above your grocery goodies, you can find dairy from makers like Back Forty, Stonetown, and Bushgarden.

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AquaTerra / Kingston, Ontario

Operated by Kingston’s very own, Chef Clark Day, this waterfront paradise offers fine dining with views of Lake Ontario and the Confederation Harbour. With a rotating menu based on seasonality, local dairy from makers like Back Forty Artisan Cheese, Reid’s Dairy, Mountainoak Cheese, Glengarry Fine Cheese, and Upper Canada Creamery can be enjoyed year-round in a variety of dishes. As the dining experience for the Delta Hotels Kingston Waterfront, AquaTerra is open to guests and the public yearlong in The Vu Lounge or seasonally on their exquisite patio.

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Days on Front / Kingston, Ontario

It runs in the family! Days on Front is the product of Matt Day following in his father’s footsteps. With a similar outlook to both his father and Days on Front’s chef, Jay Legére, the food philosophy of this Kingston favourite is ‘Global-Local’ with a menu and atmosphere inspired by Days international travels but ingredients from home. With a dinner-only menu, Days on Front is open Wednesday to Saturday with reservations starting at 5pm. 

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Bread & Butter / Kingston, Ontario

For over 20 years, Whitall - alongside her husband, 2 girls and team of 30 employees - has brought Kingston baked goods, handmade from scratch, with the help of many local partners including dairy from makers such as Limestone Creamery, Reid’s Dairy, Wilton Cheese, Empire Cheese, and Stirling Butter. Over the years and thanks to the love from their community, the business has expanded to include an on-site cafe, elected Toast & Jam, which features their handmade breads, baked goods, savoury treats and more for a comfortable dine-in experience. 

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Otter Creek Farms / Kingston, Ontario

Well known for their fresh, organic Angus and Wagyu meat, Otter Creek Farms has gone the extra mile in connecting the community to farm-to-table meals by means of their seasonal food truck. Open every spring and summer, the food truck is located on site daily, when it’s not booked for catering opportunities that is, for farm fresh meat, accompanied by local produce and Wilton cheese. 

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Markets

The Grocery Basket

The Grocery Basket / Kingston, Ontario

As one of the city’s best spots for your one-stop grocery shop, The Grocery Basket caters to everyone, no matter your lifestyle. With fresh, local produce and meats, grab and go fuel boxes, an on-site cafe and in-house breakfast and lunch dining, it’s everything you could want from your weekly food fun. We surely can’t forget about the widest local dairy selection in the city, with their fridges filled with products from Ontario makers including: Creel & Gambrel, Emerald Grasslands, Fifth Town Artisan Cheese, Fromagerie Kapuskoise, Glengarry Fine Cheese, Harmony Organic, Reid’s Dairy, Stonetown Cheese, and Wilton Cheese. Have you ever wanted to grocery shop more?!

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Flight Cheese Shop / Kingston, Ontario

New to Kingston as of 2021 is Flight Cheese Shop! With a passion for bringing the community some of the best cheeses from all around the world, Owner and Operator, Emma Sulley, has widest selection is from makers right here in Ontario including Fromagerie Kapuskoise, Creel & Gambrel, Glengarry Fine Cheese, Back Forty Artisan Cheese, and Mountain Oak. 

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Cheesemakers

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Limestone Creamery / Kingston, Ontario

Celebrating their 10th anniversary at the creamery and 25 years as a certified organic farm, this 3rd generation dairy is the proud maker of some of the finest milks, creams, and ice creams in Ontario! Limestone Creamery has worked vigorously throughout the years to ensure a healthy  farm ecosystem including soil that is not only sustainable but regenerative, biodiversity and hedgerows in their fields for pollinators and diverse grass pastures for their grazing livestock. The creamery not only supplies many local restaurants, stores, and markets but has a thriving home delivery service. 

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Wilton Cheese Factory / Kingston, Ontario

Opened in 1867 as a farmer’s cooperative until its purchase by the Jensen Family in the 1970’s, the Wilton Cheese Factory has remained a local favourite for their distinct cheddars thanks to a special process called cheddaring! This is when cheesemakers cut the solidified milk into small cubes, which then become curds that are able to be stirred and heated to shrink and expel both moisture and whey. From there, their curd is either available fresh at the factory Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays or pressed and stored to age on up to 6 different timelines.

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Creel & Gambrel / Kingston, Ontario

As suppliers of some of the best local cheese, charcuterie and specialty grocery items, Creel & Gambrel has curated a bountiful selection of goodies for the local food service and hospitality industry. Though their focused clientele includes local restaurateurs and market owners, their end goal is to give the final consumer the highest quality and most delicious products possible. Some of their Canadian dairy products come from not only producers like Stonetown Artisan Cheese and Back Forty Cheese, but they also produce an array of their own cheeses that are also made using 100% Canadian milk.

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