Family Friendly Restaurants: A Second Helping

By Shannon Jones

It wasn’t too long ago that we featured the first edition of family-friendly restaurants in the Limestone City, but if your kids are like mine (meaning that they could eat all day long) here is a second helping of eight more amazing Kingston restaurants to try out when little ones have big appetites.

Atomica

71 Brock Street

Just up from Market Square is Atomica, a quaint, yet cool, Mediterranean restaurant. The amazing smell of fresh herbs and garlic waft through the space making everyone’s mouths water. The concept here is sharing, so find a few things that everyone would like to try and dig in. Salads, pasta, sandwiches, and of course, their signature pizzas — thin, soft and crispy all at the same time.  Super delicious!

Golden Rooster Deli

111 Princess Street

Everyone loves a good sandwich, especially when someone else makes it for you! Golden Rooster is a step back in time, with a ticket dispenser and a number system for you to place your order at the deli counter. All members of the family can customize their lunch, and be sure to ask for a pickle on the side – they are big, crunchy and perfectly compliment your fresh made sandwich. They also feature salads and hot dishes that change daily. A little secret…they have the most amazing home-made doughnuts! Jam filled and sprinkled with sugar, they are so tasty and addictive, so no one will judge if you grab one (or more) for the road.

Milestones

27 Princess Street

A big, happening restaurant in the centre of it all, Milestones offers something for everyone. Nestled in the historic S&R building, Milestones caters to groups of all sizes. The kids can enjoy their choice of entrées including chicken fingers, grilled salmon or a classic dish of pasta, as well as a drink and ice cream. For the adults, try The Cantina Fish Tacos, Spicy Thai Basil Noodles, the Slow Roasted Prime Rib, or really anything else on their menu. It is unique, diverse, and perfect for lunch or dinner.

Go Italian

2815 Princess Street (West end)

Tucked into a strip mall on the west side of town is Go Italian, a restaurant that seems small in size, but is huge on taste! Italian appetizers, including their famous antipasto board, fresh salads, delicious pasta options (the veal marsala and butternut squash ravioli will not disappoint), and classic or thin crust pizzas fill their menu. You’ll quickly find yourself unwinding in this casual atmosphere, as the kids as you dive into some amazing Italian cuisine.

Crave Coffee House and Bakery

166 Princess Street

When you’re not looking for a big lunch or sit down dinner, but just a morning or afternoon snack, Crave Coffee House and Bakery has you covered. Amazing coffee, hot chocolate and juices, an unbelievable selection of muffins, squares, cookies, as well as sandwiches and packaged salads in case you are on the go. If you want to stay in, find some of the comfortable seats flanking the fireplace nestled into the limestone wall, and enjoy. Crave embodies the phrase “cozy cafe” to a T during the school year when tables fill up with students meeting between classes — it’s all part of the atmosphere!

The Work’s KD Burger © Little Piggy

The Works

298 Princess Street

Juicy, delicious burgers…yum! The Works features an industrial feel to their restaurant, with lots of wood and metal, and easygoing staff that welcomes families and caters to little ones. As for the burgers themselves, kids have a choice of patty and can choose one of the many toppings, which range from simple and classic to unique (think Kraft Dinner on a burger). Some fresh cut fries or cucumbers on the side, and to top it off, kids can build their own classic milkshake: banana, vanilla, Nutella, Oreo cookie — the list goes on!

Geneva Crêpe Café Bistro

297 Princess Street

Are you looking for something a bit out of the ordinary, but not so out there that the kids will turn up their nose? Check out Geneva Crêpe Café Bistro, a cute little café on the corner of Clergy and Princess featuring panini sandwiches, waffles, and of course, crêpes! Geneva features both sweet and savoury crepes, so try out the Maple Glory or Cordon Bleu, while the kids decide between the Strawberry Delight, the Blueberry Heaven, or maybe the Elvis which comes with banana, peanut butter, chocolate, and bacon. What’s not to like?

MLT DWN

292 Princess Street

Sometimes you just want something familiar, and for adults and kids alike, there is nothing like a grilled cheese sandwich! MLT DWN is turning it up a notch, and are reimagining the classics into something a bit more gourmet. Stay in your comfort zone with the 4-Cheese, or try something different with the Pulled Pork or Herb Chicken. Add a side of their famous waffle fries and your favourite drink and enjoy this bit of nostalgia.