Kingston’s West-End Food Gems

By Kingston Accommodation Partners

Yes, we all know that downtown Kingston has quite the plethora of incredible food options – and while the spotlight sometimes shines a little brighter on them, if you’re willing to venture beyond the confines of downtown, you’ll discover a world of talented chefs and incredible food waiting for you in the city’s west end. Below are some of our favourites!

Image from Days on Front's Facebook Page
Image from Days on Front’s Facebook Page

Days on Front

730 Front Road

Owned by Matt Day (son of local Kingston Chef Clark Day), Days on Front is an exquisite addition to the city’s west-end dining scene. Serving up contemporary Canadian cuisine reflective of a simplified, yet refined approach to taste – Days on Front proudly uses locally-sourced ingredients from the likes of St. Albert Cheese Factory, Sweet Days Bake Shop, Freedom Farm and many others.
Chef Jay Legére has been dazzling foodies for years, having cooked in Kingston’s best restaurants including Le Caveau, Le Chien Noir and AquaTerra – and strives to maintain Days’ menu with the most interesting and intriguing seasonal ingredients. Known for his consistency and uncomplicated yet intense flavours, Legére’s talent ensures you’ll absolutely love your dining experience.

Must Try

Mac + Cheese with double smoked cheddar, orzo and crouton bread crumb – make sure you get a side of bacon jam to go with it.

Image from Bella Bistro's Facebook Page

Image from Bella Bistro’s Facebook Page

Bella Bistro

4050 Bath Road

A friendly, casual neighbourhood bistro known for their pizza, pastas and paninis, Bella Bistro is another west end gem and local favourite. With a deep commitment to serving local food, owners and chefs Paul Muller and Kevin Lapeer work directly with local farmers and suppliers to source naturally-raised, hormone and antibiotic free beef, pork and lamb. They bake their own bread and make their own (delicious) pizza dough, while their arsenal of sauces, dressings and desserts are (of course) homemade.
With an impressive selection of local craft beers, Ontario (and international) wines, and creative, original specials offered each night –Bella Bistro promises good food that’s good for you. Try to stop by on a Monday night to take advantage of their weekly two-for-one pizza deal.

Must Try

California Pizza with smoked chicken, pesto, sun dried tomato tapenade, feta, parmesan, oyster mushrooms and red onion.

 

Image from Bread + Butter's Facebook page
Image from Bread + Butter’s Facebook page

Bread + Butter Bakery

1530 Bath Road

Seen by many as the best bakery in Kingston, Bread + Butter has been a local favourite since 1998 when its concept and establishment began. Since then, owner and founder Wendy Whitall has been whipping up home-cooked meals and baked goods to Kingston families just like her mother did for her – to much acclaim and fanfare.
From a smorgasbord of sinfully delicious, legendary sweets including cakes, pies, scones, squares and pastries – to a mouth-watering assortment of savoury options that include mac and cheese, pizza, sandwiches, quiche, bagels, salads, and roasted veggies – Bread + Butter is the go-to spot for unparalleled quality, flavour and selection in the west end.

Must Try

Butter tarts, Lemon-Blueberry buns, squares, seasonal Gingerbread-Guinness cake… you know what? Just try everything.

 

Bayview Farm Restaurant

4085 Bath Road

The family home of acclaimed Chef Clark Day is once again the setting for a truly unique dining experience in Kingston’s west end, as Bayview Farm Restaurant brings together three talented cooks with a passion for growing, preparing and serving delicious and innovative food.

Simply put, this dining experience can’t be compared to any other restaurant in the city – the intimate and unassuming atmosphere puts the evening’s focus on the transcendent food experience, which many will say is the best they have ever had – and often Clark himself will join the table for a quick post-dinner chat.
The culinary creations at Bayview Farm are prepared with the utmost attention to detail, bolstered by a commitment to Kingston’s local food movement – and never disappoint.

Must Try

Enright Filet Mignon with Hasselback Potatoes, Yorkshire Pudding, and Alium Demi Glace – with Belgian Chocolate Mousse for dessert.

Image from Toast + Jam's Facebook Page
Image from Toast + Jam’s Facebook Page

Toast + Jam

1530 Bath Road

Wendy Whitall of Bread + Butter fame is the creative force behind the newest addition to our list – the already super popular Toast + Jam – located beside her bakery on Bath Road. The restaurant itself is beautiful – modern and cozy, featuring couches and a fireplace (a stark contrast from the previous tenants) and open for breakfast and lunch daily (with all-day breakfast available on weekends).
Everything at Toast + Jam is made from scratch – they don’t serve any prepared products whatsoever (besides the Heinz ketchup, as per several customer requests) – an impressive feat in the hectic world of restauranting. Customers rave about Toast + Jam’s extensive offerings, from house-smoked beef brisket and meatloaf featuring brew from Stone City Ales – to soup, salads and pizzas. Excellent service and friendly vibes mean you’ll be coming back for seconds.

Must Try

Beef dip sandwich with jumbo baked fries.