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Duo Bistro: Perfect Brunch in Uptown Kingston

May 29, 2014

Duo Bistro: Perfect Brunch in Uptown Kingston - Sweet and Savoring

Here’s what I think: it’s relatively easy to find a good place to go out for dinner, since there are so many different things on a dinner menu. Breakfast isn’t that straightforward: the chef needs to be talented when it comes to all manner of eggs, French toast, and pancakes. Bonus points if they do fried potatoes really well.

Duo Bistro: Perfect Brunch in Uptown Kingston - Sweet and Savoring

Duo Bistro: Perfect Brunch in Uptown Kingston - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

Duo Bistro does potatoes really well.

Pictured below: a roasted tomato, cheddar, avocado and cilantro omelet, a lightly dressed salad of mixed greens, and smashies.

I loved the omelet. I tried to eat it as slowly as possible- and I did so with such success that I wound up taking half of it to go! I’d never had this particular kind of omelet before, and it’s one I hope to have again. Not too much cheese, wonderful bursts of flavor from the fresh cilantro and roasted tomato, and cooked to well done.

Duo Bistro: Perfect Brunch in Uptown Kingston - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

The greens- the amount of them, their very presence on the plate- were a pleasant surprise. A salad with an omelet and potatoes! Most restaurants serve either greens or potatoes on the side, no? Duo does both, and Andy and I both appreciate it. (And the whole plate is just $10!)

Duo Bistro: Perfect Brunch in Uptown Kingston - Sweet and Savoring

Did I mention the crispy sage?

Let’s talk about those smashies- I mean, the name itself intrigues you, doesn’t it? These fried potatoes aren’t like any other I’ve tried. They’re large, filled with that earthy flavor and my favorite kind of crispy-fried-coating. Plus, ‘smashies’ just makes me think of someone saying Smashing! in a British accent. Thank you, Duo, for helping to marry my love of food and words!

Duo Bistro: Perfect Brunch in Uptown Kingston - Sweet and Savoring

Duo Bistro is open for brunch and dinner Thursday-Monday, brunch and lunch on Tuesdays, and closed Wednesdays. You can find it accessibly located on East John Street in Kingston’s Stockade District, and you may want to take advantage of the lovely historic neighborhood for a lazy post-meal stroll.

Also, this sink in the bathroom reminded me of my grandmother’s house:

Duo Bistro: Perfect Brunch in Uptown Kingston - Sweet and Savoring

Do restaurant bathrooms alter your opinion of the place for better or worse, too?



Breakfast was, on the whole, a leisurely and silent meal, for no member of the family was very talkative at that hour. By the end of the meal the influence of the coffee, toast, and eggs made itself felt, and we started to revive, to tell each other what we intended to do, why we intended to do it, and then argue earnestly as to whether each had made a wise decision.     –Gerald Durrell, My Family and Other Animals

There is a difference between dining and eating. Dining is an art. When you eat to get most out of your meal, to please the palate, just as well as to satiate the appetite, that, my friend, is dining.    –Yuan Mei

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  • Sue May 29, 2014 at 10:48 am

    There’s nothing better than a satisfying breakfast. My mouth is watering, thanks to you! I’d drive one whole hour just to have brunch with you, at Duo, of course.

    • Christy May 29, 2014 at 6:02 pm

      If your mouth is watering, then I guess I’ve done my job well 🙂 And yes, let’s make a brunch date!

  • Tempest from Team Netherworld May 29, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    Gee thanks! I am now drooling and my stomach literally just growled. Dinner isn’t till five and it’s only three. I must squelch my stomach’s raving by thinking of the bathroom at the local Denny’s. Bathrooms at Denny’s are always gross.

    • Tempest from Team Netherworld May 29, 2014 at 4:59 pm

      Forgot to mention, I’m visiting from the A to Z list.

      • Christy May 29, 2014 at 6:03 pm

        Thanks for popping over! And for the laughs about Denny’s bathrooms- so true!

  • Kelly May 29, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    This is a real find! The interior is charming. I’m kind of an oatmeal and English muffin kind of girl, but that sure looks good. 🙂 And coffee. Always coffee.

    And what a great quote. Dining is an art…hopefully not a lost art in today’s fast paced world…and well worth the practice. 🙂
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    • Christy May 29, 2014 at 6:07 pm

      Yes, the charming interior is part of why I love Duo! And I love oatmeal- in fact it’s what I had for breakfast this morning 🙂
      Thanks, I searched on Goodreads for quotes and knew I’d found a good one!

  • Tamara May 29, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    I always give bonus points for fried potatoes! My husband actually makes great ones. This post is making me hungry but I’m one of those people who can’t do cilantro. We’re out there in droves, for some reason!
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    • Christy May 29, 2014 at 6:08 pm

      Ah, fried potatoes are another thing we have in common!
      I understand about the cilantro- I can’t handle mushrooms. I’m so happy when I find vegetarian main dishes at restaurants that don’t include mushrooms, haha. I’m sure the omelet would be great with fresh basil, as well!

  • Michelle @ A Dish of Daily Life May 30, 2014 at 4:07 am

    That looks wonderful. I love fried potatoes! But the omelette sounded equally amazing…I’ve never added cilantro in but that makes me want to try it. It’s a staple in our house!
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    • Christy May 31, 2014 at 11:09 am

      Fried potatoes are one of my weaknesses for sure. It was my first time with cilantro in an omelet, too!

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