POLL: What type of restaurant does Kingston need?

We’ve recently polled Kingstonians on what type of business we need in the city, and what type of store the Cataraqui Centre needs, but now we want to get a little more specific and find out what type of restaurant Kingston needs. 

With the pending arrival of what appears to be a legitimate Korean BBQ at the corner of Princess and Portsmouth, there has been some discussion about what other cuisines are underrepresented in Kingston.

Now, some may say that Kingston already has enough restaurants, seeing as we have among the highest number of restaurants per capita in Canada (it’s been claimed that we have the highest, but we can’t verify that).

What we’re asking here is not about specific chains that you hope will come to town, nor is it about getting a better version of something we already have. We also know some of these options are available in delis or at farmer’s markets, but to our knowledge, none are available from a restaurant (if we missed something, please let us know!). 

So, what type of cuisine can you just not get at a restaurant in Kingston? Is it something you tried abroad and have been craving ever since? Did you see something on Food Network and say “OMG we need that here!”?  Well, here’s your chance to let everyone know what you want to eat next in Kingston!

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33 thoughts on “POLL: What type of restaurant does Kingston need?

  • simple “homemade” food that includes lots of fresh vegetables and fruits in season, relatively small portions of good protein, not steeped in fat creamy sauces, not deep fried, and cooked on the spot (not microwaved from frozen), at reasonable prices., There are lots of seniors and those on special diets who simply cannot eat out due to the hidden additives, sugar and grease-laden dishes. I realize this would be more expensive than fast food and would be willing to pay for the extra preparation required.

  • An authentic Szechuan Chinese Restaurant. IMO there is not one single really good Chinese restaurant in town!

    • Try Big Bites at Montreal St and John Counter. I come from Montreal and they serve these items at decent prices

  • We need something like San Francesco’s in Toronto, or California Sandwiches. I would also love a Polish restaurant but it wouldn’t allow me two options.

  • Latin American food. There is nothing just the generic tacos/burritos, which are mostly just an idea of what people thinks Mexican good is.

    • There is Stone City BBQ in the east-end, not fancy but authentic. A real-deal southern BBQ takeaway joint! They’ve been open a month and proud to be local, family-owned and operated. Meats (brisket, pulled pork & chicken, beef ribs, pork ribs and wings) are smoked low and slow in-house, sauces are house-made and ingredients for sides are sourced as close to home as possible. Check it out!

  • Cheap/street Indian food akin to the sort you’d find in Brampton Not the fancy stuff that’s already available.

  • Georgian. Hachapuri, tsatsivi, shasjlyk. (Georgia the country, of course)

  • Authentic Mexican. Not these fast food “subway” style Mexican food places. Sit down and eat homemade authentic Mexican dishes.

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