9 Places to Eat in Kingston on Your Cheat Day

By Jordan Whitehouse

You’ve stuck to the plan all week and downed your spinach and salmon and green beans. But now it’s time to cheat, to indulge. What do you want? Lobster rolls? Quebec-style poutine? Chocolate raspberry mousse cake? Keep reading for 9 not-so-healthy-but-oh-so-delicious ideas from restaurants, cafés and bakeries in Kingston.

The Works Gourmet Burger Bistro

Photo via Wynlok Flickr
Photo via Wynlok Flickr

Sexy Burger
Sex sells with this racy meat sandwich topped with sweet and spicy sauce, pineapple, a healthy dollop of cream cheese, and banana peppers. Made with fresh Canadian beef and hand-pressed daily, The Works’ burgers are some of the best—and most creative—in the city. Add a side of sweet potato fries for a cheat day feast that’ll definitely get your motor running. $14.81
298 Princess Street

Dianne’s Fish Shack & Smokehouse

Photo via Dianne’s

Nova Scotia Lobster Rolls
I spend part my year in Nova Scotia, and I have to say that these lobster rolls rival almost any I’ve had in the Bluenoser province. The hearty chunks of lobby are mixed with tarragon, lemon, chives, celery and mayo, and then slapped between butter-toasted hotdog buns and topped with pickled red onion. Go for the fries on the side (it’s cheat day, right?). $27
195 Ontario Street

Bread & Butter Bakery

Chocolate Éclair
It’s hard to pick just one treat from this decadent west end staple, but if I had a piping gun to my head, I’d have to go for a chocolate éclair (or 12). Baked fresh every day, these oblong beauties have plenty of cream bursting from inside the thin pastry. And because the cream is light, not overly whipped, the cool, rich chocolate icing isn’t too much. $3.95
1530 Bath Road

Kingston Brewing Company

Photo via Flickr, Queen's University
Photo via Flickr, Queen’s University

KBC Ghetto Wings
What Cheat List would be complete without the addition of some tangy, saucy wings? These delicious chicken wings are baked, marinated and grilled in a homemade ghetto-barbecue sauce. Be sure to get a side of fresh cut fries to accompany this Kingston must-try. (Sorry for the lack of photo, but these need to be tasted in person to be believed anyway). $13.50
34 Clarence Street

Bubba’s Poutine & Pizzeria

Photo via Bubba's Poutinerie
Photo via Bubba’s Poutinerie

Quebec Style Poutine
No Kingston cheat day list would be complete without Bubba’s famous poutine on it. There are Greek and Italian options, but if this is your first—or last—attempt, go for the classic Quebec Style Poutine. The curds are thick and salty, the gravy is dark and rich, and the fries are sturdy enough to withstand and soak up all that cheesy and messy deliciousness. $6.95 – $7.95
349 King Street East and 401 Princess Street

White Mountain Homemade Ice Cream

Photo via Flickr, johnvetterli
Photo via Flickr, johnvetterli

Vanilla Lovers Vanilla, Waffle Cone
I know, vanilla ice cream—how boring. But give this one a chance, especially if you’re any fan of that savoury vanilla taste. In the hands of White Mountain’s ice cream masters, that flavour gets even smoother and more enhanced in “Vanilla Lovers Vanilla.” And when you have it in one of their fresh, homemade waffle cones, you’ll find few Kingston desserts beat it. $4 – $9
176 Ontario Street

Le Chien Noir Bistro

Charcuterie & Artisan Cheese
What more do you need than cured meats, artisan cheeses and baguette? How about the knowledge that the French trifecta doesn’t get better in K-Town than at this farm-to-table French bistro? The selection will be different every time but expect Canadian cheeses and house-made and local preserved meats that could range from sausages and pâtés to terrines and confits. $15 – $32
69 Brock Street

Tata’s House of Pizza and Pizza

All Dressed Pizza
Tata’s old school pie maestros have been around for over 25 years and now rightfully call themselves “The Serious Pizza People.” They aren’t lying, as evidenced after devouring a classic all-dressed za. Topped with green peppers, pepperoni and mushrooms, this beauty is rounded out just like the rest with a crunchy crust, fresh tomato sauce and a perfect cheese-to-toppings ratio. $13.93 – $25.18
2561 Princess Street and 569 Princess Street

The Dessert Indulgence

Photo via The Dessert Indulgence
Photo via The Dessert Indulgence

Chocolate Raspberry Mousse Cake
I’ll leave you with The Dessert Indulgence’s signature offering, the sound of which alone should take you to your happy place: a layer of chocolate cake, a topping of dark and raspberry mousse, and a shiny robe of chocolate glaze. The taste of it should make you return to this European dessert café, maybe for more mousse cake, maybe for a pumpkin cupcake, sticky toffee pudding or a hundred other tantalizing options. $6 – $66
172 Ontario Street