By: Michelle Deschenes
Patio season is my favourite time of year! Don’t you love the exciting and panoramic view of the city of Kingston from the Jack Astor’s roof-top patio? Remember the excitement and the vibe last time you were there? It’s that feeling that we love when we gather socially to unwind and celebrate our friendships and reward ourselves for our successful or stressful day. At Jack Astor’s the selection of appetizers is perfect as there is something for everyone – and sharing makes it more fun!
If you’ve got your heart set on downtown Kingston let me also suggest the DOX at the Holiday Inn. It’s a friendly and inviting patio with an amazing view of the Confederation Basin and the boats in the harbour. Get together with a couple of friends and share a plate of sliders (set of 3 mini-burgers). The DOX features mojitos, martinis and mules, and live music Friday nights.
Enjoy the charming and intimate setting of Chez Piggy’s “backyard” patio. The menu features an assortment of items including small plates, fresh oysters, house-made sausages, and interesting side dishes including an array of gluten free options.
It puzzles me that Fort Henry’s Battery Bistro feels like one of those best kept secrets. Their outdoor oversized BBQ grill is sizzling and the live music is entertaining. There are pitchers of sangria and the most spectacular view awaiting you at Kingston’s largest waterfront patio.
On the east side of Kingston another interesting patio is at the Glen Lawrence Golf and Country Club. Whether you are a golfer or not you need to experience this location! To help you celebrate summer they have an extensive list of entertainment and “grill” specials. Located on the edge of Kingston the country-like surroundings are peaceful and refreshing. A great spot for a TGIF get-together all summer long, and a must see destination in the fall as the foliage engulfs you with inspiration.
There is an endless selection of outdoor patios in Kingston so let’s get out and support the businesses that take the initiative to provide us with this wonderful option for socializing and dining. Take the time to try something new, after all food and friendship are two of the greatest pleasures in life.
Michelle Deschenes is a Registered Dietary Technologist. She is the owner/operator of ACE Nutrition and Diet Consulting, Kingston’s Weight Loss Specialist, and she is also employed as a Nutrition Manager at the new Providence Care Hospital.