Introducing Kingstonlicious 2022

By Emily Coppella

Treat your tastebuds to a unique culinary experience with Kingstonlicious. With over a dozen participating restaurants from downtown to the west end, these special $45 prix fixe dine-in and/or takeout menus highlight heartwarming and cozy dishes. Meat-lovers, plant-based foodies, and culinary adventurists alike will enjoy the variety of dishes crafted to warm your tummy in the most delicious way possible.

The Kingstonlicious program launched in late January to reveal a vibrant mix of menus from Kingston’s finest eateries. Foodies can enjoy a night out (or a night in) with meals ranging from British to Mexican to German-themed flavours.

Course 2 at Smoke ‘N’ Barrel is a brisket plate comprising an eight ounce slow- smoked Texas-style brisket served with southern slaw and house-made BBQ baked beans.

AquaTerra offers sweet potato and lentil soup for their first course and chermoula tempeh or Moroccan lamb stew for the second. The experience gets even sweeter with vegan lassi cheesecake for dessert, made with salted pistachio sponge toffee, mango purée, and lemongrass-infused syrup.

Explore the flavours of Trinidad at Sally’s Roti Shop. Their takeout option is perfect for those looking to cozy up and dig in. Enjoy two roti shells, one meat, and one curry potato, plus rice and beans. This place is a local favourite for good reason!

Indulge your sweet tooth at Mesa Fresca with their apple chimichanga filled with tequila and Honeycrisp apple, fried in a flour tortilla, and topped with toasted oat and cinnamon crumble and salted whipped cream.

Dig into some crispy coconut shrimp, a creamy bean dip, or fresh Peruvian salad with Mesa Fresca’s appetizer options. This Mexican-fusion dinner also includes five options for the main course, along with apple chimichanga or lime pie for dessert. A bright hibiscus margarita as an add-on makes this experience a true treat.

Looking for a unique brunch option? Juniper Café’s exclusive menu is available seven days a week for dine-in and takeout. Select two breakfast sandwiches made with a fresh buttermilk biscuit (there’s a meat and a veggie option). Choose salad or coffee/tea and enjoy two white chocolate ganache and raspberry-topped brownies.

Take some time to connect with a friend or partner at the Secret Garden Inn. Afternoon tea or a two-course dinner is available from Wednesday to Sunday. Afternoon tea includes one savoury box (including delicious bites such as a chicken and cranberry salad sandwich) and one sweet box (ranging from scones to tarts and, of course, clotted cream). Two tins of loose-leaf tea plus sparkling wine are included. You can call to order takeout 24 hours in advance.

Plant-based and veggie diners are embraced at Kingstonlicious. There are several vegetarian options at AquaTerra and the Secret Garden Inn. Miss Bao offers a four-course menu that’s entirely plant-based, featuring mushroom bao and a warm spice-poached pear for dessert.

Jazz up date night with takeout from The Everly Wine Shop. You can browse and order online for pick up from Wednesday to Saturday. You’ll be wowed with wine and fresh charcuterie including olives, cheese, house-made terrine and truffle chips.

One of three options for your main at Wharf and Feather is the braised short rib (Ontario AAA). The dish includes beef short rib, crushed cheddar mash, wine-braised cabbage, braising jus reduction, and winter veggies. Every dinner option is made with local ingredients. Dine-in or takeout options are available Tuesday to Saturday evenings.

Many of the Kingstonlicious restaurants offer add-on options to take your experience to the next level. You can add desserts, cocktails, wine, or even local craft beer.

If you’re still hungry for more, Toast to Tapas offers unique appetizers using locally sourced ingredients for a special fixed price of $11.95 or $16.95 with a locally sourced beverage. Several restaurants are participating – with dine-in only – evenings from 5 to 7 pm for the month of February.

With food cooked from the heart, each Kingston eatery has carefully crafted their Kingstonlicious menus around what it means to be truly cozy.

You can discover this year’s exclusive Kingstonlicious experiences here: