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Best Pasta in Kingston

Last Fall we ran a highly contested poll to identify the best Italian restaurant Kingston has to offer. The race was too close to call, with one of my personal favourites, Casa, narrowly beating their next door neighbour, Olivea, by a single vote.  The result is far from a decisive

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Best of 2013: Mobile Sustainability

Our annual ‘best of’ series always tends to showcase our contributor’s latest gastronomic adventures, reinforcing Kingston’s enduring love affair with the local food scene.  2013 wasn’t any different, and as you may have noticed in our current review of the past year’s top trending stories, food trucks emerged as a

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Best of 2013: Local Restaurants Face New Kind of Competition

For a small city in between major centers, we sure are lucky to have such a wide variety of fresh, locally sourced restaurants.  The food scene in Kingston has thrived and this includes everything from smaller, ethnically diverse cuisine to gourmet restaurants, burgers and breakfast.  Most recently, we’ve seen an

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Dianne’s Fishbar Restaurant

Last summer, Kingstonians were tempted with a fresh, new dining establishment whose angle was “seafood shack meets Baja Mexico”.  From Tim Pater, the man who made le Chien Noir, Atomica and Harper’s Burger Bar irresistible destinations on the local culinary map comes Dianne’s Fishbar Restaurant.  Dianne’s is located kitty-corner to

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Mobile Sustainability

Trailer fare has steered into a fresh new direction with an undeniable facelift, transforming your average chip trucks into slick mobile eateries as top chefs trade restaurant kitchens for the tight squeeze of mobile cooking quarters. Gone are the deep-fried chips and corndogs, in are gourmet dishes that you would

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Local Restaurants Face New Kind of Competition

Restaurant business is a tough business. Profit margins are low – often 10-15%, and costs are always increasing. They say that 1 in 4 restaurants that open will close within a year. In Kingston, the density of restaurants downtown is very high, and although the natural lifecycle of openings and

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Guide to The 2012 Limestone City Blues Festival

The 16th annual Limestone City Blues Festival is fast approaching, and if you’re anything like me, you likely have a bit of a love-hate relationship with this massive weekend celebrating blues music and southern-inspired food. We love our local Blues Fest because we can enjoy four days of lively performances

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Guide to The 2012 Empire Life Kingston Jazz Festival

Next weekend is The Empire Life Kingston Jazz Festival from Thursday, June 21st to Saturday, June 23rd.  According to my calculations, this is the twelfth annual jazz fest – as long as I’ve lived in Kingston.  It’s been fascinating watching this festival grow over the years and I think it’s

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The State of… Downtown Sidestreets (Part 2 of 3)

Last week we revisited a topic that’s near and dear to the hearts of many Kingstonians: the ever-changing landscape of downtown Kingston, specifically lower Princess Street. In our original three part series that was published two years ago, we provided a snapshot of new, relocated and recently closed local businesses. 

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Pasta Shelf

Pasta Shelf (downtown) is permanently closed. Looking for a place that’s still open? Check out our restaurant reviews and recommendations for establishments that are still open and serving great food in Kingston. What makes a restaurant an institution? I have sparingly used the complimentary term in past reviews of dining

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