Set inside a log cabin big enough for Paul Bunyan himself, The Grizzly Grill transforms classic lodge fare such as steaks, ribs, and venison into upscale contemporary cuisine. After admiring the rustic decor of hardwood floors and exposed ceiling joists, patrons can head upstairs to shoot pool or chalk their elbows in the billiard loft. Alternatively, the bar area?dubbed The Lodge?lets imbibers linger out weekend nights with live DJs and a late-night menu or make goo-goo eyes at a bison head next to a romantic roaring fireplace. The dining room teems with the kitchen?s signature creations, which range from pan-seared pickerel in a sweet-pepper curry to AAA beef such as a 10-ounce new york strip loin and a 14-ounce rib steak. Toppings such as garlic oil, baby spinach, chèvre, and honey-roasted veggies add colour and texture to wood-fired pizzas. Like feral teddy bears, slow-roasted prime rib comes in three sizes: small, regular, and grizzly.
In lavender chambers at the top of a four-storey stone chateau, aestheticians Christine Benoit and Cindy Isaac transform their guests into storybook beauties without subjecting them to harsh chemicals or the wrath of a spiteful fairy. Benoit opened Agápe Spa with a decade of experience in skin and body care, and recruited Isaac after training her at school, where she graduated at the top of her class. Waxing is a house specialty that the women perform with stripless wax from Celina, which is gentle on tender bikini lines and eyebrows. To spare hands and feet from formaldehyde, toluene, and DBP, they rely exclusively on nailcare products from SpaRituals and Gelish soak-off gel polish. Skin consultations guide the creation of facials that balance oily, inflamed complexions and rejuvenate maturing skin with naturally derived tonics from Moor Spa.
On the second story of a quaint building, the chefs of Tata's House of Pizza & Pasta churn out pies slathered in housemade sauce and decorated with toppings ranging from salami to fresh garlic. Along with a menu of bubbling pizzas, the staff slathers wings in honey-garlic and “Suicide” sauce, dress up burgers with bacon and cheese, and pile slabs of housemade lasagna onto plates with fresh-made garlic bread.
Serves You Right!'s home-style morning munches and generous sandwiches built on locally baked loaves afford diners sumptuous soul-coddling meals. Navigate taste wagons through the gastronomic journey of a grand Reuben's smoked meat and swiss cheese hairpin turns, thousand islands of dressing, dijon straits, and sauerkraut marshes on Kingston rye bread ($9). Herbivores can ruminate on a savoury viva las veggie! wrap, grilled and filled with sautéed vegetables and flavourful feta ($9), and omnivores can opt for a balanced chicken Caesar salad of tossed romaine and creamy Caesar dressing textured with bacon crumbles, chicken breast, and croutons ($9).
Joining the Kingston restaurant scene only a few weeks ago, Social Bar & Grill entices diners with a menu of contemporary fare designed by Chef Stephen Buchignani. Seafood dishes such as pancetta-topped scallops ($26.95; available after 5 p.m.) pair with local vegetables, red beet purée, and a port reduction to reward stomachs for not growling at the postman. For heartier appetites, cooks braise barbecue pork ribs ($16.95 for half rack; $22.95 for full rack) before grilling the meaty slabs in house-made sauce. Lighter bites include the vegetarian panini ($10.95) comprised of marinated portobellos, charred tomato chutney, and arugula, or two mini Yorkshire puddings ($9.95) stuffed with prime rib and Rosenborg blue cheese. Gourmands can also peruse Social's selection of draft beers, wines, and cocktails, and, for an indulgent conclusion, hand-catapult spoonfuls of sticky toffee ($9.95) into waiting mouths.
The Brass Pub silences hunger howls with a menu of hearty pub favourites. A beer-battered breakfast harmonizes two eggs with two hash browns, toast, and two beer-battered sausages ($6.95), and a pound of wings in the house's own seasoned breading sings to taste buds with the powerful bellows of a seasoned opera singer ($9.95). Fish 'n' chips celebrate the biosynthesis of land ($9.75), and a variety of burgers sates the cravings of a diverse clientele of eaters ($7.75–$11.75). Nocturnal noshers are satisfied by an all-star late-night menu and night-vision goggles sent from the future. Fanatics flock to The Brass Pub to watch NHL, NFL, and pay-per-view UFC events on eight 50-inch TVs and two massive HD wall projectors. Replay Gulliver's favourite mini match on a foosball table or pull up a high-backed chair to the wide bar. Check the online schedule to track upcoming games, or soulfully sing along with live music on Sunday, Monday, and Thursday nights.