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 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.
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!)
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 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:
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